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NIAGARA WOMEN PUT RIT ON ICE TO KEEP STREAK ALIVE

The Niagara women's ice hockey team extended its winning streak to three games Friday night, defeating the visiting Rochester Institute of Technology, 4-1, at the Niagara Ice Complex.

The Purple Eagles (6-12) got two goals and an assist from Jessica Tennier (Niagara Falls, Ont.), while forward Brooke Bradburn added a goal and an assist.

Freshman goaltender Tania Pinelli earned the victory in net, making 16 saves to turn away RIT (6-2-3), who entered the game in second place in the ECAC. The win also gave Niagara a non-conference record of 2-0 this season after posting a 4-0 win against Rensselaer earlier in the season.

Niagara outshot RIT, 53-17, in the contest, with RIT goalie Melisa Norris making 49 saves.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Fredonia State used a strong second half to pull away from Brockport, 80-62, to improve to 7-5 in the SUNYAC. The Blue Devils, behind Mike Gibbons' 21 points, outscored Brockport, 43-25, in the second stanza. Matt Moore added 13 points and seven rebounds while Chris Spencer finished with 11 points for Fredonia. Jim Panek had 18 points for Brockport, which fell to 6-8 in SUNYAC play.

Medaille defeated D'Youville, 81-65, despite a monster game from D'Youville forward Jason Cwiklinski.

Cwiklinski (JFK) finished with 35 points and 18 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Medaille's Ed Kreher (Kenmore East) led his team to a win with 16 points and six rebounds.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Canisius defeated Marist, 75-61, behind freshman forward Shauna Geronzin's team-high 17 points and eight rebounds.

Geronzin, recently named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rookie of the week, was 6 of 12 from the field and four of five from the line. Canisius (7-12, 5-6) led by only two at the half, 41-39, but outlasted the Red Foxes (4-15, 3-8) in a second half that saw dismal shooting by both clubs. Marist shot only 21.2 percent from the field in the second half (7 of 33), while Canisius hit only 9 of 25 shots (36 percent).

Marist's Sabrina Vallery had a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds, while senior guard Jill Wilson added 13 points for Canisius.

An early second-half run propelled Loyola to a 78-68 win over Niagara in a MAAC contest at the Gallagher Center, despite a 24-point effort from Niagara's Amy Getman.

With the score tied at 35, the Greyhounds scored the first 11 points of the second half to take a 46-35 lead. Loyola widened the gap to 18 points with just over six minutes to play before a late rally by the Purple Eagles cut the final margin to 10.

Getman finished 10 of 11 from the free throw line, while Sheryl Klick added 14 points for Niagara (6-13, 4-7). Jina Mosley paced the Greyhounds (13-5, 6-4) with 18 points, followed by Jennifer Bongard's 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Nicole Stevens (Grover Cleveland) had 24 points and 14 rebounds in leading Erie Community College to victory against Niagara County Community College, 67-45.

Teammate Marquita Roman (Williamsville East) added 21 points for ECC (9-9). NCCC got 11 points from Lori Brennan (Grand Island), while Diandra Bush (Niagara-Wheatfield) added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Brockport's Jen Feneli poured in 23 points in leading her team to a 48-38 SUNYAC win over Fredonia State. Kerry Chatterton led Fredonia with 15 points while Sarah Adkins added 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

D'Youville defeated Medaille, 68-45, behind 21 points from Mary Legnard.

MEN'S ICE HOCKEY: Niagara (12-8-2) cruised to a road victory over Nebraska-Omaha, 8-2, in front of a crowd of 8,219.

The Purple Eagles received two goals apiece from Ritu Suuriinemi, Mikko Sivonen and Peter DeSantis (Niagara Falls). Jon Marshall and Mike Isherwood (Niagara Falls, Ont.) also added goals with defenseman Timo Makela collecting four assists.

Greg Gardner finished with 32 saves for Niagara. N-O fell to 5-21.

The Canisius Golden Griffins dropped a 4-1 decision to Holy Cross at Dann Memorial Rink, ending a five-game unbeaten streak.

Dave Deez had Canisius' (6-10-5, 4-8-5) lone goal, set up by Todd Houston and Jarrett Zedielinski. Holy Cross improved to 11-7-3 and 11-4-2 in the MAAC.

Buffalo State skated to a 2-2 tie at Brockport in SUNYAC action. Ken Goetz had a shorthanded goal for the Bengals, while Jason Lorenzo added a power-play score. Goaltender Jamie Ronayne made 44 saves for Buffalo State (3-13-1, 1-6-1).

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