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CANISIUS MEN'S HOCKEY LOSES, NIAGARA WOMEN WIN

Alabama-Huntsville used four second-period goals to spoil the season opener for the Canisius College men's hockey team, 5-4, Friday night in the first of a two-game series in the Buffalo State Sports Arena.

Craig Bushey and Jared Ross each had a goal and an assist for the Chargers, which had five goal-scorers as they surged back from 3-1 second-period deficit.

Marc Bouffard scored twice while Todd Houston had two assists for Canisius. Rob Martin and Fred Coccimiglio also scored for the Ice Griffs, who take on the Chargers at 7 tonight.

In the State University of New York Athletic Conference Hockey Challenge at Fredonia State, Blue Devils coach Jeff Meredith earned his 200th victory in his team's season opener. Dave Barnett had two goals as Fredonia State shut out Buffalo State, 3-0. Meredith, in his 14th season, has a 200-142-29 record.

Fredonia will face off against Cortland tonight at 7, while the Bengals face Potsdam at 2 p.m.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Teresa Delmonte and Dawn Macauley each had a goal and an assist as Niagara opened its season with a 3-2 win at Findlay (Ohio). Valerie Hall also scored, while Tonya Pinelli made 25 saves for Niagara. The teams meet again tonight at 7 in the Clauss Ice Arena.

MEN'S SOCCER: Ryan Dummett's first career goal at the 21:27 mark was the difference as the Golden Griffins beat the University at Buffalo, 1-0. The Bulls are 5-6-1 while the Griffs are 5-8-1. David Borchard made six saves for Canisius, which was outshot, 16-6, for the game (9-1 in the second half). UB hits the road for its final four regular season games, at Bucknell, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and St. Francis.

Said Ali and Christian Porto had the goals as St. Bonaventure (6-7, 2-4 Atlantic 10) dropped a 4-2 decision at Dayton.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Sophomore Lindsay Mislin (Tonawanda) scored on an assist from freshman Jenny Dannecker, an East Amherst native and Holy Angels grad, for the only goal in UB's 4-1 loss at Central Michigan. The Bulls (8-7, 7-4), who entered the game in first place in the Mid-American Conference, are tied with the Chippewas (8-5-1, 7-2) with 18 points each. UB plays its regular-season finale Sunday at Eastern Michigan.

Rosie Luzak (Lewiston-Porter) scored for Niagara, but the Purple Eagles dropped a 3-2 game to Marist. Niagara played a player down for most of the game after Betsy Elmer received a red card 10 minutes into the contest.

Atlantic 10 front-runner Dayton (8-5, 6-0) shut out St. Bonaventure, 3-0, at McGraw-Jennings Field. The Bonnies are 3-10-1, 1-5.

In the first round of the North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs at Hilbert, the host Hawks earned a 4-1 come-from-behind win over Cazenovia. Jessica Macri (Niagara Falls) had two assists. Keuka won the other semifinal with a 4-0 win over Medaille.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: North Tonawanda native Lindsay Matikosh, a sophomore, had 11 kills to lead UB in a four-game MAC loss at Kent State, 30-14, 30-26, 26-30, 30-17. Freshman Molly Schrantz (Lancaster) had five kills and a career-high 11 digs, while classmate Katie Henry (City Honors) added six kills and three aces for the Bulls (4-14, 6-5).

Erin Holahan (Royalton-Hartland) had 39 assists and five aces, while Randi Keil (Cleveland Hill) collected nine kills and nine blocks as Daemen swept Urbana (Ohio), 30-24, 30-22, 30-17.

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