The Canisius hockey team picked up a nice road victory on Friday night, winning at Bentley. Adding to the good feelings was that it was a come-from-behind effort.
The Golden Griffins spotted Bentley the first goal of the game, and then got the next three goals to take the 3-1 decision in Waltham, Mass. Canisius reached the .500 mark at 9-9-5 in Atlantic Hockey, and is 9-15-5 overall. Bentley fell to 9-11-4 in Atlantic Hockey, 11-15-4 overall.
“Tonight was a real gritty and character victory,” coach Dave Smith of the Golden Griffins said. “Tomorrow we needed to come out with that same passion if we want to sweep.”
Felix Chamberland tied the game for Canisius after Bentley scored first. Then in the second period, Jimmy Mazza had a power-play goal for Canisius, and teammate Alex Jaeckle added a goal at even strength. Simon Hofley did the rest. He had 33 saves in improving his record for the season to 5-5-5.
The teams will play again on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, Niagara earned a 2-2 tie in a matchup with visiting Mercyhurst at Dwyer Arena.
The teams alternated goals. Darian Plouffe tied the game at 2-2 with a goal with one second left in the period. The teams played the third period and an overtime without scoring, leaving the game deadlocked. Kyle Cook had the other Niagara goal.
Niagara’s record is 5-20-4, 5-15-3 Atlantic. Mercyhurst is 14-13-2, 12-9-2 Atlantic Hockey. There will be a rematch between the teams Satuday night in Erie (7 p.m., Radio 1340 AM).