Niagara scored two goals in the third period, the second by Mike Isherwood with just 51 seconds left in regulation, to earn a 2-2 overtime tie with Brown Saturday night at Meehan Auditorium in Providence, R.I.
With NU goalie Greg Gardner off in favor of an extra skater, Isherwood scored his 11th of the season to keep his team's unbeaten streak alive. It was a school record 10th straight game (8-0-2) without a loss for the Purple Eagles (19-5-3). However, it was a costly defeat for coach Blaise MacDonald's team.
Already short three defenseman, Niagara lost senior Collin Rows with a torn knee ligament suffered in Saturday's game. He probably will miss the rest of the season. NU already was missing senior Chris MacKenzie (ankle) and freshmen Mike Bozoian (charley horse) and Andrew Nahirniak (shoulder).
Brown jumped to a 2-0 lead on a first period goal by Paul Easdale and another by Doug Janjevich with 21 seconds left in the second.
Jay Kasperek (West Seneca) began the Niagara comeback when he scored at 2:15 of the third period with assists from Peter DeSantis (Niagara Falls) and Scott McDonald. It was the 12th goal for Kasperek, who had the winning goal in Friday night's 2-1 victory over the Bears.
Kasperek had an assist, his 21st point of the season, on Isherwood's goal.
Gardner made 27 saves for Niagara. Brian Eklun had 36 stops in goal for Brown (4-13-1).
"Tonight's effort epitomized our team's maturity and our belief in ourselves," MacDonald said. "At this level it's difficult to win two games on the road but to get three of four points is a great effort by our guys."
Canisius lost its third in a row, dropping a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game to Quinnipiac, 3-1, in Northford, Conn., despite a 58-save performance by Sean Weaver. It set a Griff record. The previous mark was 52 saves by Kevin Kreutzer in 1997.
"We held Quinnipiac to two goals before the empty-netter. I don't think too many teams have done that this year," said Canisius coach Brian Cavanaugh.
David Deeves gave Canisius a short-lived lead with his 10th goal at 6:29 of the second period. Quinnipiac tied it on Terry Harris' tally. Kris Cumming got the winner in the third before Neil Breen scored into an empty net with 59 seconds left.
Erik Dolesh, Lionel Crump, Geoff Strack, Joe Sucher and Mike Petit scored for Fredonia (8-10-1) in a 5-3 triumph over visiting Hobart (3-13).
WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Tania Pinelli recorded her fourth shutout of the season, making 19 saves in a 2-0 Niagara victory over Yale in an ECAC game at Dwyer Arena in Lewiston. Valeri Hall, with assists from Amanda Reid and Linda Groff, and Melissa Hamilton, with assists from Stephanie Roman and Julie Forsyth, scored for Niagara (14-6-1, 7-6 in ECAC). Yale is 3-13-0, 1-12-0.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: UB won at Akron, 70-58, to improved its Mid-American Conference record to 4-3 and its overall mark to 14-3. The UB defense forced 21 Akron turnovers.
Center Tiffany Bell, playing despite a recent ankle injury, had 14 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes. "She's about 70 percent," UB coach Cheryl Dozier said.
Buffalo State has lost only twice in 14 games, both to Cortland. The Lady Bengals bowed to the defending SUNYAC champions again, 68-56, in Cortland. Chrissy Milleville had 15 points and Tina Williams added 11 for Buffalo State.
Carey Robinson, a 6-foot-1 senior from Rochester, blocked 14 shots to set an NAIA single game record but Daemen lost to Walsh College of Ohio, 66-50. Robinson had 22 points and Sherry Laettner (Holy Angels) picked off 13 rebounds for the Lady Warriors
Kim Guenther (Lancaster), Elissa Galenda (Lake Shore) and Rene Harpster (Holy Angels) each scored 10 points as Fredonia (7-6, 6-4 in SUNYAC) defeated Utica/Rome, 49-46.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cortland went on a 12-2 run in the last 4:54 to defeat Buffalo State, 73-61, in Cortland. Justin Booth had 16 points and Christian LaCore 15 to lead the Bengals (5-10, 3-8 in SUNYAC). Cortland is 10-4, 8-3 in SUNYAC. Caston Binger (LaSalle) had 11 points for the Red Dragons.
Mike Gibbons (Olean) scored 21 points and was high rebounder with seven in Fredonia's 78-63 victory over Utica/Rome. The Blue Devils are 6-7, 5-5 in SUNYAC.
Hilbert edged Cazenovia, 70-68, to go 2-0 in the Upstate Athletic Alliance. Mike Sims (Lancaster) had 25 points for the Hawks, who are 5-8 overall.
Erie CC (4-15) got 32 points from Jeff Williams (Grover Cleveland) in a 76-69 triumph over Canton Tech at the ECC North Campus.
MEN'S SWIMMING: UB coach Budd Termin earned his 100th career dual meet victory as the Bulls went to 4-0 in the MAC, defeating visiting Ball State and Bowling Green. Dan Hickey won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:41.94 and also took the 100 in 46.57. UB needed a victory in the 400 freestyle relay by Hickey, John Pun, Dexter Taum and John Nilles to nail down its 125-117 victory over Ball State. UB outscored Bowling Green, 172-67.
WOMEN'S SWIMMING: Inger Rooneem won the 50 freestyle (24.02), the 100 free (52.47) and swam on the winning 400 freestyle relay as UB defeated Bowling Green, 172-127, but lost to Ball State, 174-115, at Alumni Arena. Dawn Hickey captured the 1,000 freestyle (10:27.62) and the 500 free (5:07.39) for UB (4-3, 2-2 in the MAC).
INDOOR TRACK: David Moore of Erie CC won the 55-meter dash in 6:48 at the Fredonia Early Open meet. James Law of the Kats took the 200M in 23.03 while Beth Shultz of ECC won the women's 3,000 meters in 12:07.07.
Other winners were Fredonia's Jeff Gruendike in the 1,500 meters (4:07.5), Kris Lickfield in the 55 high hurdles (7.88), Marc Bradfuerer in the shot put (50-6), Hillary Hulse in the women's 55 hurdles (9.07) and Nicole Brooks in the long jump (16-8 1/4 ) and Buffalo State pole vaulter Chris Bachek (13-0).
UB's Kamau Hallim won the men's long jump (22-11) and triple jump (48-2 1/2 ), while the Bulls' Udo Okeke won the women's 800 in 2:18.28 and Bianca McFarland took the women's triple jump in 36-6 1/4 at the Doug Raymond Invitational in Kent, Ohio.
WRESTLING: UB, with 144 points, finished second to Hofstra's 173 in the team scoring and Niagara CCC was 15th with 25 1/2 at the New York State Intercollegiate Championship in Binghamton.
UB's Josh States captured the 184-pound title with a 8-4 decision over Rob Ansdach of Hofstra. Football tackle Mike Garofalo of UB captured first in the heavyweight class by forfeit over Eric Gust of Army. The Bulls also had one second place (Shawn Kegal), two thirds (Jake Partlow and Gary Cooper), a fourth (Joe Downey) and a fifth (David Guarino). Rashad Evans, fourth in the 165-pound class after losing a 3-2 decision to Cooper of UB, was NCCC's top finisher.