Share this article

print logo

Canisius hockey sweeps Bentley while Niagara ties Mercyhurst

Canisius College certainly enjoyed its trip to Waltham, Mass., this weekend.

The Golden Griffins returned home after a nice two-game sweep over Bentley. The second win came Saturday night, a 6-3 romp over the Falcons.

The goal total matched Canisius’ season high for scores in a game. The Griffins improved to 10-9-5 in Atlantic Hockey play and 10-15-5 in overall results. Bentley fell to 9-12-4 in Atlantic Hockey and 11-16-4 overall.

“It was a really good all-around team effort,” Canisius coach Dave Smith said. “We set the tone early with a real good first period. Our commitment from the start was the key to earning our first sweep of the season against a good team in a tough building.”

Canisius didn’t waste much time pulling away in this one. Joshua Gabriel and Felix Chamberland scored goals for the Griffs before 11 minutes in the game had gone by. Ryan Schmelzer and Cameron Heath made it a 4-0 game in the second period, before Bentley scored its first goal of the game. Shane Conacher added the final two goals. Dylan McLaughlin (Lancaster) tied a school record with four assists.

Sacred Heart comes to the HarborCenter next weekend for a pair of games with Canisius.

Meanwhile, Niagara went to overtime with Mercyhurst in a game played in Erie, Pa., but that didn’t solve anything. The Purple Eagles took home a 2-2 tie that featured a total of 78 shots – 43 by Niagara.

It was the second straight tie between the teams. They also were knotted, 2-2, after 65 minutes on Friday at Dwyer Arena.

Stanislav Dzakhov had the first goal of the game for Niagara, while Sam Rennaker had the last goal, coming late in the second period. Otherwise, they couldn’t solve Mercyhurst goalie Brandon Wildung.

Niagara moved to 5-20-5, 5-15-4 in conference play. Mercyhurst moved to 14-13-3, 12-9-3 in Atlantic Hockey. The Purple Eagles play a home-and-home series next weekend with RIT, starting on Friday at Dwyer Arena.