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EAGLES LOSE GROUND IN TIE AT BEMIDJI STATE

Niagara skated to a 1-1 overtime tie with last-place Bemidji State Saturday night at the John S. Glas Field House in Bemidji, Minn., and slipped another point behind first-place Alabama-Huntsville in the College Hockey America standings.

Chris Welch scored a first period goal, his 10th of the season, for the Purple Eagles. Thomas Clayton and Nick Kormanyos assisted.

Travis Barnes of the Beavers got the equalizer at 15:55 of the second.

Grady Hunt had 41 saves for the Beavers. Scott Lindsay had 31 stops for Niagara.

The Purple Eagles (13-13-4, 10-4-2) fell three points behind UAH (12-3-1 CHA), which defeated Wayne State, 6-3.

Meanwhile, Buffalo State (12-11-1, 4-9-0 SUNYAC) scored on all six of its power-play opportunities in a 9-4 victory at Geneseo. Todd Nowicki (O'Hara) and Joe Urbanik each had a pair of goals and an assist for the Bengals. Jason Comardo had a goal and three assists.

Shawn Buckley (St. Joe's) had a goal and three assists and Mike Gerrity (West Seneca East) and Kevin Shields (Hutch-Tech) each had one goal and two assists in Erie CC's 8-4 victory over Mohawk Valley CC. The Kats (7-7-1) finish their regular season against SUNY Canton next Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Buffalo State Arena.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Pat Adams, a 6-foot-6 junior from Brooklyn, scored 17 points and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds in Buffalo State's 69-63 SUNYAC victory at Potsdam. Will Mann had 12 points, Willie Sanders 11 and Shawn Haseley (Grand Island) 10 for the Bengals (13-9, 9-9).

Fredonia (13-8, 10-7) overwhelmed Plattsburgh, 82-47, in a SUNYAC game played at Memorial Hall in Plattsburgh. Nate Duvert had 21 points while Mike Gibbons (Olean) added 17, Matt Moore 14 and Robb Fitchlee (Kenmore West) 13 points and 11 rebounds in the Blue Devils victory. Plattsburgh (6-15, 4-13) shot only 23.6 percent (17 of 72) and was 1 of 18 from three-point range.

Daemen (16-11) needed two overtimes to vanquish Mohawk (Ont.) College, 95-90. Monty Montgomery (Bennett) led the Warriors with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Adrian Baugh (Traditional) added 21 points for Daemen. . . . Keuka overcame a 15-point first-half deficit and defeated D'Youville, 79-72, at the Koessler Center. Chris Mays (Silver Creek) had 14 points and Dan Ghirsig (West Seneca West) had 13 points and 10 boards for D'Youville. . . . Erie Community College rolled to its 19th victory, winning at Jamestown CC, 83-63. Josh Dean and Joe Chirico had 15 points each for the Kats. . . . Joe Leone's 21 points led Oswego over Medaille, 71-54. Phil Lindsay had 18 for the losing Mavericks (5-17).

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Potsdam, the last-place team in the SUNYAC, upset visiting Buffalo State, 66-63, in overtime. Freshman Becky Evans had 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Bears (3-18, 2-16 in SUNYAC). Jill Blasi had 18 for the Lady Bengals (14-7, 11-7). Blasi's basket with 21 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 58-58. She was fouled on the play but missed the free throw.

Plattsburgh (11-10, 8-9 in SUNYAC), defeated visiting Fredonia, 60-52. Renee Harpster (Holy Angels) led the Blue Devils (12-9, 9-8) with 12 points. . . . Crystal DeRosa scored 24 points to lead Daemen over Carlow (Pa.), 80-63, in a Northeast Atlantic Conference game. . . . Host Jamestown CC easily defeated Erie CC, 84-52. Colleen Britt had 15 for the Lady Kats (9-16). . . . Medaille (3-18) lost at Oswego, 60-54. Cheryl Hoch (13), Andrea Belis (12) and Liz Galanis (10) were high scorers for the Mavericks.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Niagara (15-12-3, 7-10-3 ECAC) outshot the home team, 36-19, but was stymied by Maine goalie Dawn Froats and bowed to the Black Bears, 4-3, at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine.

Trailing, 4-1, the Purple Eagles finally broke through on a power-play goal by Stephanie Romaine with 3:20 to play. NU pulled goalie Tania Pinelli in favor of an extra attacker with 1:58 left and the move paid off with a goal by Valerie Hall with 18 seconds left. Niagara never got the equalizer, however.

Brooke Bradburn scored a first-period goal for Niagara, her 18th of the season. Meagan Aarts had her first collegiate hat trick for Maine (11-12-1, 6-11-1 ECAC).

Emma Wadsworth scored all three goals in Buffalo State's 3-2 win over Cortland at the Bengal Sports Arena. Sara Zogby had two assists and goalie Mary Keddie (Williamsville) made 22 saves for the Lady Bengals (9-4-1).

WRESTLING: Niagara County CC won the team championship and five individual weight classes at the Region III (Northeast) NJCAA Wrestling Championships in Sanborn. NCCC's Steven Menefee, the winner at 141 pounds, was selected Most Outstanding Wrestler.

UB (10-5, 3-1) suffered its first Mid-American Conference defeat, bowing to Central Michigan, 19-12, in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Labe Black (157 pounds), Dave Guarino (165), Josh States (184) and John Eschenfelder (heavyweight) were winners by decision for UB.

SWIMMING: Chris Miller (Grand Island) and Mike Schweitzer (St. Joe's) finished 1-2 in the 3-meter diving and qualified for the NCAA Division III meet at the SUNYAC championships at the Burt Flickinger Center. Miller, who piled up 517.70 points, was chosen as the outstanding male diver in the meet. Schweitzer was second with 459.85 points. Matt Helming (Sweet Home) of the Bengals was fourth in the 100 freestyle. Buffalo State's Meghan Woods was fourth in the women's 1,650 freestyle.

INDOOR TRACK: Chad Bader of Canisius won the 1,500 meters in 4:20 and teammate Pat Leone was second in 4:21.03 at the Deneault Memorial Invitational in Ithaca. The Griffs' 3,000 meter relay of Muris Kobaslija, Mike Lauria (Amherst), John Lynch and Matt Reilly won in 7:55.07.

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