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by Joe Ray / Buffalo Sabres


The opening weekend at HARBORCENTER provided an intense home-ice advantage for Canisius, which played host to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Although the Griffs matched up well with their strong national opponent, they could not muster a victory this weekend.

Friday night, the two teams skated to a 3-3 tie. Shane Conacher and Doug Beck got the building charged up with two goals in the first two minutes. Ohio State rallied to erase the deficit in the second period, but freshman Jack Stander scored his first goal with Canisius to give the Griffs a late lead.

After one Ohio State goal was disallowed just seconds after Stander’s goal, Ohio State’s Derek Gust beat Keegan Asmundson to tie the game once again. Neither team could break the ice in overtime despite numerous strong chances each way.

Canisius was unable to duplicate their strong start on Saturday night, as the Griffs were outshot 41-21 in a 4-1 loss. After entering the third period up 2-0, Nick Oddo and Kevin Miller scored 29 seconds apart to double the Buckeyes’ lead.

Braeden Rigney registered a shorthanded tally with 4:26 to play to help Canisius avoid the shutout. In addition to that goal, Canisius’ penalty killers stymied Ohio State’s power play all weekend, holding the nation’s second-ranked man-advantage group scoreless on nine chances.

Reilly Turner made 33 saves on 37 shots in the loss, and Adam Harris stopped four shots in 8:23 after relieving Turner in the third period.

Canisius will travel to Sacred Heart this weekend before returning to HARBORCENTER on November 14 and 15 to face the RIT Tigers.

Upcoming Games
  • Friday, November 7 @ Sacred Heart (7:05 p.m.)
  • Saturday, November 8 @ Sacred Heart (7:05 p.m.)
  • Friday, November 14 vs. RIT (7:35 p.m., HARBORCENTER)
  • Saturday, November 15 vs. RIT (7:35 p.m., HARBORCENTER)

Niagara remains winless to start the season (0-8) after being swept by the AIC Yellow Jackets in a pair of games at Dwyer Arena last weekend.

Goaltender Jackson Teichroeb returned from injury on Friday, but he surrendered three goals on 21 shots in a 3-1 loss. The Purple Eagles were confounded by AIC goaltender Alex Murray, who stopped 42 of 43 Niagara shots on the night. Freshman Albin Karlsson’s scored his first collegiate goal for Niagara in the loss.

Niagara got off to a strong start in the Saturday afternoon rematch with AIC, but fell by a final score of 4-2. Isaac Kohls tallied his first goal of the season with help from Nick Cecere and Lochner, and the Purple Eagles closed the first 20 minutes of play up 1-0 and outshooting AIC 18-9.

The lead would be short-lived, as Austin Orszolak and Alexander MacMillan scored two goals for AIC in a 2:56 span early in the second period. Stephen Pietrobon tied the game for Niagara at the 16:31 mark of the second, but MacMillan returned the lead to AIC just 58 seconds later. Orszolak added a third-period goal to seal the victory for the Yellow Jackets, and Murray made 40 more saves to complete the weekend sweep.

Still searching for the cure to end their eight-game losing streak, Niagara hits the road to face Bentley this weekend before having a week off from play.

Upcoming Games
  • Friday, November 7 @ Bentley (7:05 p.m.)
  • Saturday, November 8 @ Bentley (7:05 p.m.)
The RIT Tigers, tasked with two difficult road matches against undefeated Robert Morris, could not match up with the Colonials and dropped both contests.

Robert Morris rode a four-goal second period effort en route to a 6-3 win over RIT on Friday. Matt Garbowsky (1+1), Josh Mitchell (0+2) and Brady Noorish (1+1) each had two points in the loss. Noorish’s shorthanded goal at the 12:39 mark of the second period was his first collegiate goal.

Mike Rotolo started in net for the Tigers, surrendering five goals on 22 shots. Rotolo was relieved for the third period by Ken Maclean, who stopped four of five shots.

RIT turned to goaltender Jordan Ruby on Saturday, but his 38 saves weren’t enough as they dropped a 4-2 decision.

Garrett McMullan scored halfway through the first period to erase an early deficit, and Mitchell and Garbowsky were credited with assists on the goal. Mitchell (2+7) and Garbowsky (3+5) currently sit one-two in Tigers’ team scoring.

In the second period, Ruby faced 24 shots from Robert Morris, and he turned away all but one of them. The senior goaltender struggled to hold up in the third period, as the Colonials picked up two goals on five third-period shots to secure the win. Danny Smith scored his first goal of the season for RIT to cut the lead to two with less than two minutes to play.

RIT returns home to the Gene Polisseni Center this weekend for a pair of games with Holy Cross.

Upcoming Games

  • Friday, November 7 vs. Holy Cross (7:05 p.m., Gene Polisseni Center)
  • Saturday, November 8 vs. Holy Cross (7:05 p.m., Gene Polisseni Center)
  • Friday, November 14 @ Canisius (7:35 p.m.)
  • Saturday, November 15 @ Canisius (7:35 p.m.)

The Buffalo State Bengals opened their season with a split against two conference opponents. The Bengals lost to Oswego on Friday, and then picked up an overtime win Saturday against Cortland.

Buffalo State welcomed all in attendance for their season opener with a Halloween treat, as junior forward Nick Melligan opened the contest with a natural hat trick. After scoring 14 minutes into the game, Melligan took advantage of three Oswego penalties early in the second period and added two five-on-three goals just 45 seconds apart.

Oswego stormed back with three goals of their own to close out the second period, and in the third period Kenny Neil scored his second of the game for the Lakers with 44 seconds left to pull out the 4-3 win over Buffalo State. Mike DeLaVergne made 34 saves in the loss for the Bengals.

Buffalo State rallied from their defeat the night before with a 3-2 overtime victory against Cortland on Saturday. Anthony Beaumont and Jason Zaleski tallied power-play goals in regulation for the Bengals. After Tommy Nolan tied the game midway through the third for Cortland, it was Beaumont who picked up his second goal of the night to give Buffalo State the win.

DeLaVergne picked up another 34 saves in the victory, including 17 saves in the third period to keep his team in the game.

Buffalo State’s home set this weekend against Morrisville State will be their last home appearance for five weeks.

Upcoming Games

  • Friday, November 7 vs. Morrisville State (7 p.m., Buffalo State Ice Arena)
  • Saturday, November 8 vs. Morrisville State (7 p.m., Buffalo State Ice Arena)
  • Friday, November 14 @ Plattsburgh (7 p.m.)
  • Saturday, November 15 @ Potsdam (7 p.m.)
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