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Niagara hockey rallies to tie Robert Morris

Isaac Kohls scored the tying goal with 8:15 left in the third period and Niagara held off Robert Morris to gain a 3-3 draw Saturday night in their Atlantic Hockey Association game at Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh. The outcome left Niagara (1-2-1 overall) with a 1-0-1 record in the AHA. It was the conference and home opener for Robert Morris (0-2-1 overall).

Freshman Brock Edwards scored at 5:38 of the opening period for Niagara. Robert Morris took a 2-1 lead on Ben Robillard’s goal at 10:10 of the second, but another freshman Tyler Akeson evened it at 2-2 for the Purple Eagles on the power play with 35 seconds left in the period.

The host Colonials took the lead again when David Friedmann scored a power-play goal at 6:49 of the third, but a little less than five minutes later Kohls, a junior, tied it. Akeson’s and Edwards’ goals were the first of their collegiate careers.

Freshman Adrian Ignani made 35 saves in goal for Niagara. Terry Shafer had 36 stops for RMU.

Robert Morris put on the pressure in the final minute of overtime, but Niagara came up with three blocked shots in that span. The Purple Eagles were credited with 24 blocked shots in the game.

Each side played the final 8 seconds shorthanded after Kevin Ryan of Niagara went off for roughing and Friedmann of the Colonials received a minor and five-minute major for cross-checking.

Phil Nasca, Ryan, Matt Chiarantano, Mike Conderman, Chris Lochner and Matt Williams had assists for Niagara. Scott Jacklin assisted on all three Robert Morris goals.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Canisius (8-13, 6-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) dominated the fourth set and defeated Niagara in the Gallagher Center on Saturday afternoon and swept the season series for the first time in five years. The Golden Griffins won, 25-23, 25-19, 16-25, 25-13.

Five Golden Griffins posted at least seven kills in the match, with freshman Jacklyn Malusa leading with 10 kills. Senior Roxanne Hernandez posted nine kills on 14 attack attempts. Freshman Katlyn Tyler had eight kills and 17 digs while Emily Litwin had 23 digs.

Alex Stone had a career-high 17 kills for Niagara (2-19, 1-9 MAAC).

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