Corey Lucas scored in the first period, Marc Bouffard tallied in the third and Stephen Fabiilli made 20 saves for Canisius in a 2-0 triumph over Connecticut in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conferrence men's hockey game at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. The Griffs improved to 13-10-3, 11-8-3 in the MAAC and moved past UConn (10-9-3) into sole possession of fourth in the conference standings.
Jason Nightingale snapped a 2-2 tie with a power play goal with 2:34 left in the third period to give Lake Superior State (12-20-0) a 3-2 win over Niagara University (13-14-4) in a non-conference men's hockey game at Taffy Able Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Hannu Karru and Thomas Clayton scored for Niagara. Clayton's goal tied the game at 15:08 of the third. Scott Lindsay made 36 saves for Niagara. Jayme Platt had 29 for Lake Superior, which swept both games from NU this season.
Fredonia State's season ended with a 4-1 loss to Geneseo in the first round of the SUNYAC playoffs. The Blue Devils finished at 13-12-3. . . . Kevin Shields, Justin Cefaly, C.J. Hall and Scott Glinski each scored a goal and Cefaly had two assists in ECC's 4-1 victory over Canton Tech at Buffalo State.
WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Candice Ceelen, Valerie Hall and Brooke Bradburn scored for Niagara in a 3-3 tie with Princeton that kept the Purple Eagles (16-12-4, 8-10-4) five points in front of the Tigers (11-11-3, 6-11-3) in the race for playoff berths in the ECAC. Tania Pinelli made 35 saves for Niagara. . . . Janelle Schmidt (3), Mary Keddie (3), Jennifer Downey (2), Jessica DeCarlo, Sara Zogby, Leah Delormier, Dyanne Roberts, Emma Wadsworth and Kim Costanzo all scored in Buffalo State's record goal output in a 14-0 rout of St. Michael's (Vt.).
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Buffalo State (14-10, 10-10) clinched fifth place in the SUNYAC standings and a first-round matchup with Fredonia by defeating Utica/Rome, 65-53. William Mann (12 points) and Aaron McFollins and Shawn Haseley, 11 each, led the Bengals. . . . Adam Blauweiss made six of eight three-pointers and scored 20 points for Cortland (19-5, 16-4) in a 77-49 rout of visiting Fredonia (15-9, 12-8). Mike Gibbons (Olean) led the Blue Devils with 19 points. . . . Adrian Baugh (Traditional) scored a three-pointer with 5 seconds left to give Daemen (18-11, 7-1) an 88-85 victory over visiting Michigan-Dearborn and wrap up the Northeast Atlantic Conference regular-season championship. Monty Montgomery (Bennett) led Daemen with 34 points and nine rebounds. . . . Mike Tyszka (West Seneca West) scored 29 points, including 15 of 17 from the foul line, and pulled down 11 rebounds as Hilbert defeated Keuka, 81-77, in Penn Yan. . . . Joe Chirico (South Park) led the way with 26 points and 22 rebounds as Erie Community College (22-9) routed Alfred State, 93-68. Niagara County CC got a 29-point performance from Will Winegarner in an 86-78 victory over Mercyhurst-North East.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cortland (23-1, 19-1) clinched at least a share of the SUNYAC regular season title with a 71-46 victory over Fredonia (14-10, 11-9). Elissa Galenda (Lake Shore) led Fredonia with 14 points. . . . Chrissy Milleville scored 19 points and Jill Blasi had 15 in Buffalo State's 58-48 victory over Utica/Rome. The Lady Bengals finished the regular season at 15-9, 11-9 in SUNYAC and will face Fredonia in the first round of the SUNYAC playoffs. . . . Daemen scored a 61-46 triumph over visiting Michigan-Dearborn in the Northeast Atlantic Conference. Erin Howarth had 15 points for the Lady Warriors. . . . Host Keuka had an easy time with Hilbert, defeating the Lady Hawks, 69-39. Chrissy Stock had 14 for Hilbert. . . . Cazenovia clinched the Upstate Athletic Alliance championship with a 63-43 triumph over D'Youville. Tricia Peter had 11 points for the Spartans. . . . Alfred State defeated ECC, 95-59. Jill Arnst had 17 points for the Kats (10-20).
WRESTLING: UB (10-6, 3-2) suffered its second straight Mid-American Conference defeat, 23-9, to Ohio U. at Alumni Arena.