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COLLEGE HOCKEY REPORT

by Joe Ray / Buffalo Sabres

CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS
Canisius traveled to West Point, N.Y., for two matchups with the Army Black Knights last weekend. Just as they did in the week prior at First Niagara Center, the Golden Griffins posted a win on Friday and a loss on Saturday.

After falling behind 3-0 on Friday, the Griffs stormed back for a 6-4 victory thanks to Ralph Cuddemi’s first collegiate hat trick. For his efforts, Cuddemi was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week.

Shane Conacher got Canisius on the board halfway through the second period with a shorthanded goal, but Army would respond on that same power play to restore their three-goal lead at 4-1. Cuddemi scored two power-play goals late in the second period to get the Griffs within one at 4-3.

Matthew Grazen’s shorthanded goal at 7:02 of the third would tie the game, and freshman Nolan Sheeran’s first goal as a Golden Griffin was the eventual game-winner at 9:36. Cuddemi completed his hat trick with an empty-net tally at 19:12.

Freshman Reilly Turner earned the win for the Griffs after relieving Keegan Asmundson in the second period. Turner stopped all 15 shots sent his way in the final 27:19 of action.

Canisius was unable to continue their momentum from Friday’s rally into Saturday’s contest. Buffalo-native Parker Gahagen rebounded after taking the loss Friday, recording a 28-save shutout in the Black Knights’ 3-0 victory over Canisius.

Army opened the scoring 32 seconds into the game with a goal from C.J. Reuschlein. Brendan McGuire and Maurice Alvarez added third-period goals to help their team split the weekend. Asmundson played the full game for Canisius on Saturday, stopping 27 of 30 shots.

The Griffs (2-2-0) will hit the road again this weekend to visit American International College in Springfield, Mass. for two games. Canisius will be back in Buffalo on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 to open up the HARBORCENTER against the Ohio State University. Both games are 7:35 p.m. starts.

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NIAGARA PURPLE EAGLES
The early-season struggles continued for Niagara as they dropped both ends of a home-and-home with the defending Atlantic Hockey Association champions from Robert Morris University.

The Purple Eagles opened the weekend with a 5-2 road defeat on Friday. Each team scored one goal in both the first and second periods, but the Colonials scored three goals on 12 shots in the final 20 minutes of regulation to pull away for the win.

Niagara’s Derian Plouffe scored his second goal of the season in the first period, and Hugo Turcotte chipped in a shorthanded goal. Adrian Ignagni made 42 saves in the loss, including 21 in the second.

Niagara returned home to Dwyer Arena on Saturday night, but dropped a 4-1 decision to the visiting Colonials. Turcotte cut the Colonials lead to 2-1 just 2:31 into the third with his second goal of the season, but that would be it for Niagara on this night. Robert Morris scored twice in just under five minutes midway through the third to seal the victory.

Despite being outshot 34-17 by Niagara in the game, goaltender Dalton Izyk backstopped the Colonials with 33 saves.

Purple Eagles’ freshman Lawrence Smith picked up an assist on Turcotte’s goal for the first point of his collegiate career, and Ignagni turned away 13 of the 17 shots he faced in the loss.

Winless in their first four games of the season, Niagara now faces two tough road contests against Notre Dame. Friday’s game will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, and Saturday’s game will be nationally televised on NBC Sports Network.

Upcoming Games
  • Friday, October 24 @ Notre Dame (7:35 p.m.)
  • Saturday, October 25 @ Notre Dame (7:05 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 31 vs. AIC (7 p.m., Dwyer Arena)
  • Saturday, November 1 vs. AIC (4 p.m., Dwyer Arena)

RIT TIGERS
Playing only one game the weekend, RIT took to downtown Rochester for their Brick City Homecoming contest before 10,556 at sold-out Blue Cross Arena. The Tigers hosted a very strong opponent in seventh-ranked Boston College, and the Golden Eagles flexed their muscles in a 6-2 victory.

Goals from Michael Matheson, Ryan Fitzgerald, Teddy Doherty, and Steve Santini gave Boston College a commanding 4-0 lead after two periods. Alex Tuch and Ian McCoshen also scored for the Golden Eagles in the third period. Thatcher Demko denied 25 of 27 RIT shots to earn the win.

Todd Skirving scored RIT’s first goal 1:06 into the third period, making him the only RIT skater with points in each of their first three games this season. Matt Garbowsky added a power-play goal, and Mike Rotolo stopped 28 of 34 shots in his first start of the year.

Upcoming Games
  • Friday, October 24 @ Air Force (9:05 p.m.)
  • Saturday, October 25 @ Air Force (9:05 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 31 @ Robert Morris (7:05 p.m.)
  • Saturday, November 1 @ Robert Morris (7:05 p.m.)
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