The Canisius hockey team’s unbeaten streak is alive and well – although the Golden Griffins cut it a bit close on Friday night.
The Griffs needed to score two goals in the third period to tie the game with Sacred Heart, and that’s the way it ended in a contest played in Bridgeport, Conn. Canisius’ 2-2 deadlock means the team has gone 11 games without a loss. That’s the longest such active streak in the nation.
Meanwhile, Army spoiled a milestone game for Niagara coach Dave Burkholder, who has been behind the Purple Eagles bench in some capacity for 750 games.
The Black Knights picked up a 6-1 victory in West Point.
Cameron Heath had the tying goal for the Griffs (15-10-7, 14-4-6 Atlantic Hockey). His goal went through some traffic and into the net with only 1:19 left in regulation time. The goal came about 11 second after
Canisius had pulled its goalie in favor of the extra attacker.
The Griffs had closed to within a goal at 4:53 of the third period. Tim Hoover knocked home a loose puck for the goal.
Stephen Hladin scored at 11:11 of the first period for the Pioneers. That remained the only score of the game until the end of the second period. Then Evan Jasper tallied only 20 seconds into the third period to make it a 2-0 Sacred Heart lead.
Canisius finished the game with a 31-24 edge in shots.
The two teams will finish their weekend series at 2:05 this afternoon.
Niagara (3-23-3, 3-18-20 AH) earned the first goal of the game, as Derek Brown scored his fifth. But Army took the lead for good early in the second period.
The Purple Eagles play at Army again tonight at 7.