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by Joe Ray / Buffalo Sabres

CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS (4-5-4 overall, 3-3-3 Atlantic Hockey)

Due to the winter weather that swept through the region, Canisius was unable to make it to Erie, Pa., for last Friday’s game against Mercyhurst. It’s been rescheduled for January 13 at 7:05 p.m.

The two teams convened at HARBORCENTER on Saturday in what was to be the second half of a home-and-home series. The Griffs forced a tie for the third time in their last four games, skating to a 3-3 decision against the Lakers.

After Mercyhurst’s Daniel Bahntge opened the scoring with two goals in the opening 4:28, Canisius’ top forward line of Ralph Cuddemi, Ryan Schmelzer and Shane Conacher helped the Griffs storm right back. Cuddemi scored his fifth of the year at the 8:06 mark of the first with assists to Schmelzer and Conacher.

Just 1:10 later, Schmelzer scored the equalizer from Conacher and Cuddemi. A former captain of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres, Schmelzer now has four points (2+2) in his last five games.

Mercyhurst would add an extra tally before the end of the first and carried that lead all the way to the midway point of the third period. The goal was Mercyhurst’s third on nine shots to open the game, prompting Canisius to replace goaltender Adam Harris with Reilly Turner after the first period.

Cody Freeman scored the game-tying goal for the Griffs with 10:28 to play in regulation. Canisius outshot the Lakers 16-8, but neither squad could save the trip to overtime. Each side registered three shots in the extra period, but the two sides skating off with no victor determined.

Turner was excellent in relief, stopping all 24 shots he faced over the final 45 minutes to earn the game’s third star.

Canisius now finds themselves one game into a five-game homestand at HARBORCENTER. The Griffs host Air Force this weekend with games on Friday (2:05 p.m.) and Saturday (7:35 p.m.).

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NIAGARA PURPLE EAGLES (3-9-0 overall, 3-5-0 Atlantic Hockey)

Niagara picked up its first win of the season two weeks ago at Bentley, and they treated the home crowd to two wins last weekend in a sweep of the Army Black Knights. Freshman Robert Angiolella scored three goals in the two games, and was named AHA Rookie of the Week.

The Purple Eagles opened with a 3-1 victory over Army on Friday, with Stephen Pietrobon and T.J. Sarcona getting Niagara out to a 2-0 lead. For Sarcona, it was his first game of the season after missing the first 10 due to injury.

Army added a power-play tally at the 17:31 of the first from Tyler Pham to cut the Niagara lead in half

But the Purple Eagles would add some insurance in the second period as Angiolella scored at the 14:38 to close the scoring. Freshman forward Stanislav Dzakhov assisted on the goal for his first point with Niagara.

Goaltender Jackson Teichroeb finished with 22 saves in the game to earn his second win of the season.

The two teams returned to Dwyer Arena on Saturday, and Niagara won handily by a score of 6-1. The Purple Eagles scored early and often, with Angiolella, Hugo Turcotte and Dan Kolenda opening up an early 3-0 lead.

Army replaced former Jr. Sabre Parker Gahagen with Cole Bruns after the first period. Niagara proceeded to score two more goals in the second period, with Kolenda adding his second of the game at the 11:30. Isaac Kohls would make it 5-0 just 1:23 later. Army’s Josh Richards broke Teichroeb’s shutout with five minutes to go in the second period.

Angiolella scored his second of the night with a power-play goal early in the third to secure the 6-1 victory. Teichroeb racked up 27 saves in the win, extending Niagara’s winning streak to three games.

Niagara has the Thanksgiving weekend off before returning to action December 5 at Dwyer Arena.

Upcoming Games

  • Friday, December 5 vs. Holy Cross (7:00 p.m., Dwyer Arena)
  • Saturday, December 6 vs. Holy Cross (7:05 p.m., Dwyer Arena)
  • Friday, December 12 @ RIT (7:05 p.m.)
  • Saturday, December 13 vs. RIT (7:05 p.m., Dwyer Arena)

RIT TIGERS (4-7-2 overall, 3-5-2 Atlantic Hockey)

Matt Garbowsky’s stellar senior season continued on Friday with two goals and two assists in RIT’s 5-1 win over the Sacred Heart Pioneers.

After the first period nearly ended scoreless, Garbowsky found the back of the net with 15 seconds left. Just 2:23 into the second period, Garbowsky set up Danny Smith with a shorthanded goal which would prove to be the game-winner.

Garbowsky added his second score of the game at the 11:46 mark of the second period before Sacred Heart’s Ben Lane broke Jordan Ruby’s shutout bid. The Tigers received two more special teams goals in the third – a power-play goal from Josh Mitchell and a shorthanded goal from Brad McGowan – to secure the win. Ruby finshed the evening with 25 saves for his third victory of the season.

The Tigers entered Saturday’s game having won two straight, but dropped a 2-1 decision to Sacred Heart to split the weekend series. Drew George and Jordan Minello scored for Sacred Heart in the opening 3:20 of the game, and it was all the offense the Pioneers would need. Andrew Miller scored the Tigers’ only goal of the game 1:38 into the second.

While they were held scoreless Saturday, RIT’s top line of Garbowsky, Mitchell and McGowan is maintaining an incredible scoring pace. With 11 goals and eight assists, Garbowsky is tied with Boston University freshman Jack Eichel for the NCAA scoring lead. Mitchell (3+13) is tied for eighth in the nation in scoring, and McGowan (5+8) is tied for 23rd.

The Tigers return to action Saturday when they travel to New Haven for a matchup with the Yale Bulldogs.

Upcoming Games

  • Saturday, November 29 @ Yale (7 p.m.)
  • Friday, December 12 vs. Niagara (7:05 p.m., Gene Polisseni Center)
  • Saturday, December 13 @ Niagara (7:05 p.m.)

BUFFALO STATE BENGALS (1-3-2 overall, 1-3-2 SUNYAC)

Buffalo State’s Friday road matchup with the Fredonia Blue Devils was postponed until February 14 due to the winter storm conditions.

The Bengals continue their road trip this weekend with a two-game series in De Pere, WI, against top-ranked St. Norbert College. The Green Knights have won the NCAA Division III Championship two of the last three years, and are currently the No. 1 D-III team in the nation at 6-0-1.

Upcoming Games

  • Friday, November 28 @ St. Norbert (7 p.m.)
  • Saturday, November 29 @ St. Norbert (4 p.m.)
  • Friday, December 5 @ Brockport (7 p.m.)
  • Saturday, December 6 @ Geneseo (7 p.m.)
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