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GARDNER SETS SHUTOUT MARK AS NIAGARA WRAPS UP CONFERENCE TITLE

Greg Gardner set an NCAA Division I record with his ninth shutout of the season Sunday afternoon in 13th-ranked Niagara University's 3-0 victory over Air Force before 922 at the Cadet Ice Arena in Air Force Academy, Colo.

The senior goalie from Mississauga, Ont., turned back 17 shots for his 13th career shutout.

Niagara, 21-5-3 overall, clinched the College Hockey America regular-season championship with an 11-0-1 record.

John Maksymiu, Kyle Martin and Peter DeSantis scored for the Purple Eagles, who tallied once in each period as they defeated the Falcons for the fourth time this season.

Maksymiu gave NU the lead at 13:30 of the opening period with his second goal of the season. Martin scored his 17th and 33rd points -- both team highs -- at 12:02 of the second on the power play, getting assists from DeSantis and Nate Handrahan. It was Martin's 10th power-play goal this season, a Niagara record. DeSantis scored short-handed -- his 15 goal and 31st point -- with 5:14 left. Assists went to Handrahan, who played despite a badly injured finger, and Gardner.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Niagara (11-8, 8-2 in the MAAC) moved within a half-game of first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 99-84 victory over Iona in New Rochelle. Sheryl Klick led the Purple Eagles with 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. She made seven of eight shots from three-point range. Meaghan Coleman had 22 points and Amy Getman had 19 for NU.

Canisius (6-14, 3-8 in the MAAC) made 10 of 12 free throws during a 15-9 closing run and held off Manhattan, 72-66, at the Koessler Center. The game was tied at 57-57 with 6:06 left.

Sophomore Shauna Geronzin led the victory with 23 points, including a 14-for-14 free-throw performance, which tied the Canisius single-game record. The Griffs made 34 of 40 foul shots to 15 of 31 for coach Sal Battaglia's Manhattan team (11-7, 4-6).

La Salle (7-12, 2-6) ended a four-game losing streak by defeating St. Bonaventure, 62-42, in an Atlantic 10 game in Philadelphia. It was the second straight loss for the Bonnies (8-11, 4-4 in A-10 play), who shot only 21 percent (4 of 19) in the second half.

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