Dylan McLaughlin, a junior forward from Lancaster, scored a hat trick for the first three Canisius goals and the Golden Griffins went on to a 7-3 victory over Mercyhurst on Saturday night in Erie, Pa.
McLaughlin also had an assist on Ryan Schmelzer's power play goal that put the Griffs in front to stay, 4-3, at 10:34 of the third period. Goals by Cameron Heath at 11:31, Jesse Pereira (14:16) and a short-handed empty-net goal by Jeff Murray finished off the Lakers, who had won the series opener over Canisius on Friday night, 4-3, in overtime.
The three goals gave McLaughlin seven on the season and a team-leading 14 points.
The win evened Canisius' overall record at 4-4-1 and 4-4-0 in the Atlantic Hockey Conference. Mercyhurst is 4-4-2, 2-2-2 in Atlantic Hockey.
Meanwhile at Dwyer Arena in Lewiston, Niagara defeated Army, 3-2, to gain a split of its weekend Atlantic Hockey series with the Black Knights. Tanner Lomnes scored what turned out to be the winning goal at 7:33 of the third period, putting the Purple Eagles in front, 3-1. Michael Wilson scored his second goal of the series for Army at 12:37 but that was the end of the scoring
After a scoreless opening period, Johnny Curran scored a power-play goal at 1:32 of the second period with James Roll and Noah Delmas assisting. However, Army quickly evened things when Zach Evancho scored at 2:01. Stanislav Dzakhov gave the lead back to Niagara with his first goal of the season at 11:19.
Brian Wilson made 26 saves in goal for Niagara. Army's Cole Bruns had 23 stops.
Niagara improved its record to 6-3-1, 5-1-1 in Atlantic Hockey. Army is 6-4 overall and the same in the conference.
Canisius will play at two-game Atlantic Hockey series against Bentley on Friday and Saturday at HarborCenter.
Niagara’s next home game won’t be until Dec. 8 when the Purple Eagles face Canisius at Dwyer Arena.
Coach Jason Lammers’ team will be off until a game against Cornell in Ithaca on Nov. 21.