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NIAGARA WINS 19TH GAME, OVER BROWN

Jay Kasperek (West Seneca) scored with 2:01 left in regulation Friday night to give Niagara University a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Brown at Meehan Auditorium in Providence, R.I.

The victory was a school record 19th for the Purple Eagles, who have lost five and tied two. Brown, which plays in the ECAC league, dropped to 4-13.

Niagara extended its unbeaten streak to nine games (8-0-1).

Kasperek picked up a loose puck in the slot and fired it through traffic to beat Brown goalie Brian Eklund when it appeared the game was headed for overtime. Colin Rows and Nate Handrahan assisted on the goal.

It was Kasperek's 11th goal and 19th point of the season.

Brown struck for its goal late in the first period when Matt Kohansky scored with an assist from Josh Barker at 19:43.

Thirteen seconds into the second period John Heffernan tied it for NU with assists from Mike Isherwood and Mikko Sivonen.

It remained 1-1 for the next 38 minutes until Kasperek's game winner.

Niagara's Greg Gardner made 37 saves. Eklund had 30.

"Brown was coming off a big win over Providence College and they play very well at home," said NU coach Blaise MacDonald. "That made this matchup a really good test for us. I thought we embraced the challenge and the opportunity and played a great road game.

"We had some guys really step up tonight, especially Peter Ricketts and Scott McDonald."

Ricketts and McDonald took up some of the slack caused by injuries to defensemen Chris MacKenzie and Mike Bozoian, out with injuries.

McDonald, normally a forward, has had to step in and play defense the last three games.

The teams complete their two-game series tonight at 7.

Canisius (11-6-3, 7-5-2 in the MAAC) suffered a second straight shutout for the first time since the 1985-86 season when it bowed to Quinnipiac, 7-0, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game played in Northford, Conn.

The Griffs were blanked, 3-0, last Sunday at Sacred Heart (Conn.)

J.C. Wells made 30 saves for Quinnipiac for his fourth career shutout.

It was Quinnipiac's first shutout of the season.

Shawn Mansoff scored twice and added three assists for the Braves.

Mansoff went into the week tied for sixth in scoring in NCAA Division I with a 1.50 point average.

Brian Herbert had two goals for Quinnipiac which improved to 16-4-2, 13-1-2 in the MAAC. The Braves are ranked 11th in the nation in the Pairwise Rankings for Division I teams.

Fredonia (7-10-1) was shut out by Elmira College, 4-0. Elmira (13-4) is ranked seventh in NCAA Division III.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Canisius gave defending MAAC champion St. Peter's a battle but lost, 76-73, at the Koessler Center. It was the 10th loss in a row for the Griffs (4-13, 1-7). St. Peter's is 12-4, 6-1 in the MAAC, good for a first-place tie.

The Griffs trailed most of the second half but the game was tied at 72-72 with 1:44 left after Canisius' Missy Declemente scored on a layup. Lawanda Greene made a pair of free throws with 29.6 left to make it 74-72 and added two more at the line with 9.2 seconds left.

The Peacocks got 53 of their points from the bench, including 25 by Courtney Wicks, 16 by Greene and 12 by Leah Cromer. Center Mercy Aghedo had only two points but pulled down 11 rebounds.

Shauna Geronzin led Canisius with 21 points and 10 rebounds but missed the second attempt of a one-and-one at the line with 13.7 seconds left leaving St. Peter's with a 74-73 lead.

Tricia Breznitsky had 17 points while Declemente and Maggie Guidry had 13 points each.

WRESTLING: Returning Junior College All-America Rashad Evans of Niagara County CC advanced to the semifinals of the New York State Collegiate championships in Binghamton.

Evans won his first match in the 165-pound class by pinning Kalen Tascal of Syracuse in 35 seconds. He then defeated Nate Schneckenburg of Brockport, 11-6, to advance to the semifinals today.

At 125 pounds, NCCC's Brian Benson pinned Bryan Melcar of Columbia in 6:32 but was pinned by Tim Chant of Wagner in 27 seconds.

There are 24 teams competing in the two-day tournament. Hofstra leads after the first day with 71 points.

The University at Buffalo is second with 65. NCCC is in 13th place with 18 points.

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