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Niagara, Canisius are winners

One team kept up its winning ways while another got back on the plus side as both Niagara and Canisius earned men's hockey victories Saturday night.

In Rochester, No. 19 Niagara won its fifth straight game, holding off a hard-charging RIT team, 5-3. Allen Barton made a career-high 38 saves as the Tigers held a 41-26 advantage in shots.

Sean Bentivoglio scored twice, including the game-winner while short-handed, and Matt Caruana also tallied a short-handed goal for Niagara (13-6-3).

Nate Bostic and Egor Mironov added goals for the Purple Eagles.

At the Pepsi Center, Canisius ended its three-game losing streak thanks to a hat trick by Jason Weeks as the Golden Griffins earned a 4-3 win over Army. Weeks scored in the first and second periods and Michael Cohen tied the game with a power-play goal 21 seconds into the third. Weeks notched the game-winner at 12:07.

Andrew Loewen maded 20 saves for the Griffs (5-14-1, 5-9-1 Atlantic Hockey) as they earned a series split with Army.

In Minnesota, the Niagara women (5-11-5) started their second semester by holding a 3-2 third-period lead, but had to settle for a 3-3 tie at No. 8 Minnesota-Duluth.

Shannon Moulson and Mary McKinnon scored to give Niagara a 2-0 lead after the first period.

The Bulldogs pulled even early in the third but McKinnon notched her second at 8:51 to give Niagara a 3-2 lead. Five minutes later, Duluth again tied the game.

Allison Rutledge recorded 32 saves as the Bulldogs held a 35-20 advantage in shots.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Building a commanding 34-19 lead, Canisius picked up its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win of the year, putting away Rider, 61-47, in Lawrenceville, N.J.

The Griffs (9-5, 1-2) were led by Megan Lyte's 16 points on an 8-for-9 shooting night. Brittane Russell added 13 points, including three three-pointers, while Laura Granzow had a season-high 13 rebounds.

"I thought defensively we came out of the gate strong," Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. "I think that was the best defensive half of basketball we've played this year."

Meanwhile in Jersey City, N.J., a second-half charge by Niagara fell short in a 56-52 loss to St. Peter's.

With her team trailing by 54-31 with 7:40 left to play, sophomore Kayleigh Scannell ran off all seven her career high points to start Niagara on its run. The Purple Eagles closed the game on a 23-2 run but simply ran out of time.

Sara Prybyl had a career-high 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Niagara (8-6, 0-3 MAAC) was without three key players, including leading scorer Shauna Amborse and leading rebounder Michelle Manfredi. Ambrose and Manfredi, along with freshman Jennifer McNamee, were suspended for the game for a violation of team rules. All three will return for Monday's game at Rider.

In Ohio, the University at Buffalo had few answers in facing No. 19 Bowling Green as the Falcons cruised to a 75-42 win. Belinda Gibb and Heather Turner each had 11 points for the Bulls (5-9, 0-2 Mid-American Conference).

Bowling Green (12-2, 2-0 MAC) was led by a 24-point effort from Ali Mann.

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