It's not necessarily the number of shots you have, it's how many you get past the goaltender.
Canisius men's hockey proved that Saturday night. Though the Griffs were outshot, 33-16, they held on for a 3-2 win over Army at West Point. The win gave the Griffs (3-4-1 overall) a road sweep in their first two Atlantic Hockey games of the season.
Andrew Dawe gave the Griffs a 1-0 lead in the first period, but Army tied it in the second. In the third period, Canisius scored two goals early, one on the power play from Greg Brown (East Amherst) and one from Billy Irish-Baker. Bryan Worosz recorded 31 saves.
"(In the third period) we did a better job of getting pucks deeper into their zone," Canisius coach Brian Cavanaugh said. "Instead of trying a passing play, we got the puck in deep and got our guys going with the forecheck. . . . We got solid goaltending from Bryan, and our special teams were great."
The Griffs went 1 for 4 on the power play while killing off all eight Army power plays.
Meanwhile, in Kalamazoo, Mich., Niagara's game with Western Michigan got out of hand. The Purple Eagles (3-6-0) fell behind, 4-0, before losing, 4-1, to drop both games of the road trip.
Barret Ehgoetz scored for Niagara in the third period as the Purple Eagles held a 43-24 advantage in shots.
The physical game escalated to a fight in the third period between the Broncos junior captain Vince Bellissimo and Niagara junior Jason Williamson. Both were ejected and will be suspended for the next game.
"That was one of the best, grittiest performances this program has put on in years," said Niagara coach Dave Burkholder. "I'm shocked we lost, 4-1, because we were winning shift after shift. Unfortunately, their goalie (Daniel Bellissimo) had maybe his best game of the year. We couldn't get anything by him."
Elsewhere, Buffalo State earned a 6-3 win over Geneseo. Greg Prybylski (Cheektowaga) and Mike DeMarco (Niagara Falls) each netted a pair of goals for the Bengals (2-3-1, 1-0-1 SUNYAC).
VOLLEYBALL: Erin Graham had a team-high 25 kills and 10 digs, while Micole Daluisio (Lancaster) had a team-high 23 digs as Niagara defeated Loyola in four games. The win put the Purple Eagles (7-16, 5-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) into the fourth and final playoff spot with only one game left -- against Canisius in the Koessler Center on Saturday. . . . Canisius dropped a five-game decision to Rider. Christina Wildes had 20 kills and 21 digs for the Griffs (10-14, 3-4). . . . Lisa Schrank had 10 kills and 10 digs to help Daemen to a three-game win over Point Park.
MEN'S SOCCER: With a 3-1 win over Niagara at the Demske Sports Complex, Canisius put itself in MAAC playoff contention. Should Marist defeat or tie Rider today, the Griffs (5-11-1, 4-4-1 MAAC) will clinch the fourth and final playoff spot for next week's MAAC Tournament. Chris Robey (Kenmore East) scored two goals for Canisius, while Matt Stedman tallied for Niagara (4-13-2, 2-6-1 MAAC). . . . St. Bonaventure (8-9-1, 4-7 Atlantic 10) ended its season with a 3-0 loss to Duquesne.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Brian Montanaro netted 24 points, including hitting six of his seven three-pointers, to help No. 12 Daemen a 97-89 overtime win over No. 13 Siena Heights (Mich.). Darnell Jackson added 21 points with nine rebounds for the Wildcats (2-0). . . . Edmund Rainey (Riverside) had 24 points, while Darius Corbett (Traditional) had 18 rebounds to pace Erie Community College to an 89-78 win over Lackawanna (Pa.) JC.
SWIMMING: Stephanie Belke (Sweet Home) took the 100 and 200 free to pace the St. Bonaventure women (3-2) to a win over Cleveland State. In the men's win, Ryan Moore (50 free) and Adrian Blaszczak (200 breaststroke) were among Bona's (3-1) winners. . . . Niagara women ran their win streak to four with triumphs over Canisius (0-6) and Siena. Tracy Liberi won the 50 and 100 freestyle for the Purple Eagles (4-3, 3-1 MAAC). . . . The University at Buffalo men's team dropped its season opener to Mid-American Conference rival Miami (Ohio). The Bulls won four of 13 events. . . . Jennefer Brankovsky won the 100 breaststroke and the 100 individual medley for UB (2-2, 0-2 MAC) in a women's loss to Ball State. . . . Glenn Holler (Grand Island) set the Region III and school records in the 1- and 3-meter dives for ECC in a win over Genesee and Mercyhurst-North East. Joe Dotterweich (East Aurora) set the school mark in the 100 fly (55.72). On the women's side, Sarah Garasz (Lancaster) won the 50 free as the women placed second in the three-team meet.
WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Tara Ostempowski (Lancaster) scored for Buffalo State in a 6-1 loss to Cortland.
CROSS COUNTRY: ECC's Andy Forma (St. Francis) placed second at the NJCAA Division III National Championships in Lincoln, R.I. Forma, who earned All-America status, completed the 8K course in 26:45.