Both the Canisius and Niagara hockey teams were home on Friday night. The Golden Griffins had a much more enjoyable evening than their neighbors to the north.
Canisius picked up a 4-3 win over Bentley at HarborCenter, while Niagara dropped a 7-1 decision to RIT at the Dwyer Arena.
The Griffs broke open a 2-2 tie with a pair of goals in the second period, and they needed both of them.
Dylan McLaughlin scored the go-ahead goal with a little more than 13 minutes gone in the period. Jeff Murray added some insurance when he scored at 18:49. Canisius didn’t score after that, but Jago Tanner of the Falcons scored with about three minutes left to make the game close. But the Golden Griffins held on for the win that moved them to 6-8-2, 5-3-2 in Atlantic Hockey. Bentley is 3-7-3, 2-5-2 in AH.
McLaughlin opened the scoring in the first period, and Ryan Schmelzer made it 2-1 early in the second period.
The teams play again at HarborCenter on Saturday at 7:35 p.m.
At Niagara, the Purple Eagles couldn’t stay out of the penalty box, and RIT made them pay for it. It went 6 for 10 on the man-advantage in the easy win.
Stanislav Dzakhov had the lone goal for Niagara. Liam Kerins and Ryan Kruper had two goals each for the Tigers.
The Purple Eagles fell to 2-10-3, 2-5-2 AH. They had been 2-2-1 in their previous five games. RIT moved to 7-7-1, 7-5-0 AH.
The teams will play in Dwyer Arena again on Saturday night (7 p.m.).