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What does Niagara’s loss mean? It means that the cutoff line now becomes 15. i.e., if you are in position 16 in the PWR, you are out of luck. That’s bad news for bubble teams like Union, Wisconsin, Boston University and Rensselaer.

So the 16th position will go to either Canisius, Connecticut or Mercyhurst. This also means that Robert Morris is now eliminated, as it could go no higher than 16 in the PWR.

As for Niagara, it is not out of the woods yet. It can receive an at-large bid, as Niagara will fall no lower than 15, but this all depends on whom gets autobids. So the Purple Eagles will sit and wait and root against all teams not currently in the Top 15 of the PWR.