Senior Adam Morris scored his first goal since his sophomore season and John Heffernan and Peter DeSantis tallied in the third period Saturday night as Niagara University came away with a 3-1 non-conference men's hockey victory over Colorado College before a crowd of 6,724 at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Goalie Greg Gardner of NU lost what would have been an NCAA record ninth shutout when Noah Clarke scored for the Tigers with 1:45 left.
Morris scored at 8:49 of the second period with assists from Jon Marshall and John Maksymiu. Morris did not score a goal in 22 games last season and in the first seven games this season.
Heffernan took a breakaway pass from Mikko Sivonen, and gave the Purple Eagles (20-5-3) an insurance goal at 12:53 of the third period and DeSantis added an empty-net goal with 9 seconds left as Niagara extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games (9-0-2). The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Tigers (14-12-1) of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Colorado College has made the NCAA tournament field the last four seasons and has five NHL draft choices on the roster.
At Buffalo State, Ryan Puntiri's first goal of the season at 2:26 of overtime gave Canisius College a 2-1 victory over American International College in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game. The Ice Griffs are 13-7-3 overall, 9-6-2 in the MAAC.
Puntiri pushed a rebound of Paul Dusza's shot past goalie Chance Thede.
"Probably the easiest goal you can get," said Puntiri, who was playing in only his ninth game of the season.
The Griffs' Jason Spence also scored his first for a 1-1 tie at 11:50 of the second. Sean Weaver made 22 saves for Canisius.
Aaron Arnett had given AIC the lead at 4:50 of the first on a partial breakaway. Thede had 32 stops for the Yellowjackets (5-13-2, 3-12-2 in the MAAC).
Buffalo State (6-10-2, 0-8-1 in the SUNYAC) is still looking for its first league victory after Jeff Morrissey's goal with 2:04 left in regulation gave visiting Cortland (9-8-2, 3-4-2) a 4-4 overtime tie with the Bengals. Dave Paris scored twice while Joe Urbanik had a goal and three assists and Pat Holden had a single goal for the Bengals.
WOMEN'S HOCKEY: No. 3-ranked Brown (12-2-3, 11-1-3 in ECAC) escaped Dwyer Arena with a 3-2 victory over Niagara (15-8-1, 8-8-0) on Kate Kenney's goal with 4:22 left. Niagara trailed, 2-0, before coming came on goals by Valerie Hall at 13:27 of the second period and Jennifer Skalski at 0:14 of the third. Tania Pineli had 45 saves for NU. Ali Brewer of Brown made 23.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Miami (Ohio) outscored UB, 16-4, in the final 8 1/2 minutes for a 59-49 victory in a Mid American Conference game before 629 at Alumni Arena. The Red Hawks (11-7, 5-3 in the MAC) snapped a three-game winning streak by UB (15-5, 5-4 MAC). Kim Kilpela had 14 points for UB. Tara Perrier added 12 and Tiffany Bell had 10.
A 12-0 run by UB cut Miami's lead to 31-29 at halftime. UB then enjoyed a 9-0 run over 9:49 for a 38-32 lead with 15:43 left but began to run out of steam.
Carey Robinson had 15 points and blocked eight shots and Erin Howarth scored 12 and had 11 boards for Daemen (14-9) in a 68-54 triumph over Philadelphia Pharmacy. . . . Rachel Shabazz and Marquita Roman (Williamsville East) scored 23 points each and Chaney Barlow had 20 rebounds to lead Erie Community College (13-6, 6-4 in Penn-York Conference) past Mercyhurst-North East, 80-64. . . . Jamestown-Olean CC (13-2) routed Niagara County CC, 77-21, behind Tara Lairrup's 22 points. Denise Reed led NCCC (6-14) with 11.
MEN'S TRACK: Brian Williams set a UB record in the 60-meter hurdles (8.62), won the 300 meter run (36.64) and anchored the winning 4x400 relay in a meet in London, Ont. The Bulls with 99 points finished second to host Western Ontario's 120 points. McGill of Montreal had 49 points.
UB's 4x200 relay of Dave Monk, Peter Otovic, Eric Cohen and Steve Hoskins won in a UB record 1:31.
David Moore (McKinley) of Erie CC won the 55 meters in 5.94 seconds and teammates James Law (O'Hara) and Jeremiah Renda (North Tonawanda) were victorious in the 200 and 400, respectively, at the the Buffalo State Invitational. Buffalo State winners were Curtis Bachek (pole vault, 11-11 3/4 ), Mike Schermerhorn (triple jump, 41-5 3/4 ) and Josh Floyd (shot put, 46-5 1/4 ). Rashidi Greene of UB won the 35-pound weight throw at 56-8 3/4 .
WOMEN'S TRACK: Melissa Ryan and Udo Okeke set UB records as the Bulls (107 points) finished second to Western Ontario (130) and ahead of McGill (42) in a triangular meet in London, Ont. Ryan won the 60 hurdles in 8.91. Okeke set her mark in the 600 (1:33.5).
Alycia Crook finished first in the pole vault and triple jump for UB and Daniel Hensel (800) and Tascha Moore (400) were Buffalo State winners in the Buffalo State Invitational.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Daemen upended Philadelphia Pharmacy, ranked 19th in NAIA Division II, 68-56. Mark Rouse (Sweet Home) had 16 points and Eder Joseph had 14 and six rebounds for the Warriors (16-7). Pharmacy is 15-3. . . . Mike Tyszka (Cheektowaga) scored 21 points and Michael Sims (Lancaster) 19 as Hilbert (6-9) edged winless Keuka, 63-62. Jeff Williams scored 22 for ECC (5-16) in a 73-66 loss at Mercyhurst-North East.
MEN'S SWIMMING: Buffalo State's Greg Stone (Orchard Park) set Kissinger Pool records in the 200 (2:00.55) and 100 backstroke (55.25) and Chris Miler broke a school record set in 1975 with 292.5 points in the 3-meter diving event as the Bengals defeated Brockport, 102-75.
WOMEN'S SWIMMING: UB's Inger Rooneem was a triple winner, taking the 50 (24.06) and 100 freestyle (52.29), and the 200 individual medley (2:09.39) as the Bulls defeated Northern Illinois, 166-132, but lost to host Toledo, 162-132. . . . Jill Andreef (Hamburg) won the 100 butterfly in 1:06.58 and swam on the winning 400 medley relay as Buffalo State defeated Brockport, 111-102.