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PURPLE EAGLES WIN BIG IN CONFERENCE OPENER

Niagara and Canisius both opened the conference portions of their men's hockey schedules Friday night and earned a split for Western New York.

John Heffernan got the winner, at 7:22 of the third period, as the Purple Eagles (3-2) opened a two-day stay in Findlay, Ohio (2-1) with a 4-1 win in College Hockey America play. Barrett Ehgoetz scored twice and Matt Ryan had the other goal for the Eagles.

Sean Weaver made 29 saves for Canisius (1-2) in its 5-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference loss at Sacred Heart (1-1). Rob Martin and Ryan Corcoran had the goals for the Griffs.

At the Buffalo State All-Sport Invitational, the hosts and Fredonia State won. Joe Urbanik and Josh Bluman both had a goal and two assists in the Bengals' 7-2 win over Utica, and Christian Fletcher scored three goals and Max Catelin had two as Fredonia defeated Milwaukee School of Engineering, 6-3.

MEN'S SOCCER: Goalkeeper Tim Landry made seven saves for St. Bonaventure (6-9) in a 2-0 defeat at Fordham. . . . Dan O'Shea had nine saves for Niagara (3-12-1) in a 2-0 loss to Marist.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Lisa Nicola and Erin Johnson scored for Bona (3-12-1) in a 4-2 loss to Fordham.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Becky Ashare had 12 kills but the University at Buffalo (5-16) dropped a three-setter to Bowling Green (13-6). . . . Kelly Kochems (North Tonawanda) had 11 digs for Buffalo State (24-11) in its three-game loss to Franklin & Marshall (Pa.) . . . Kristie Martzolf (Lancaster) had 35 assists as Daemen (17-3) beat Central State of Wilberforce, Ohio in three straight.

CROSS COUNTRY: The Canisius men were fifth and the women were sixth in the MAAC championship meet at New York's Van Cortlandt Park. Niagara placed ninth in both meets. Canisius' Aileen Hoak (Hamburg) placed 15th among women, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 19:47. The Griffs' Matt Doyle (27:01 over five miles) was 24th among men.

NOTEWORTHY: Shannon Rinkus, a two-time All-MAAC selection at Niagara, has been named an assistant women's basketball coach at Hilbert. . . . Mark Hulme, a 1983 East Aurora graduate, has been inducted into the Bucknell University Hall of Fame. He was one of the school's top distance runners.

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