Jimmy Mazza’s goal at 8:59 of the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and Canisius went on to a 4-2 victory over Niagara at HarborCenter, extending the undefeated streak of the Golden Griffins (17-10-7, 16-4-6 Atlantic Hockey) to 13 games, longest in the nation in Division I college hockey.
Niagara (3-25-3, 3-20-2 AHC) took the first lead in the game on a goal by Nick Pietrobon just 1:40 into the game, beating Canisius goalie Charles Williams. Canisius tied it on Matt Hoover’s goal at 12:41, and the Griffs took the lead on a power-play tally by Geoff Fortman at 15:44 of the second period.
Niagara, though, quickly evened things on Sam Rennaker’s tally at 16:58 and it stayed that way until Mazza’s tally in the third. Matt McLeod supplied a little cushion with a goal at 13:38.
Williams finished with 19 saves and raised his season’s record to 17-6-5. Jackson Teichroeb had 28 saves in goal for Niagara.
Hoover, Fortman and Mazza each had a goal and an assist for Canisius in the victory.
The teams will meet for the fourth and final time in the Atlantic Hockey regular season on Friday night at Dwyer Arena.