Candice Ceelen's unassisted goal nearly six minutes into the third period was the game-winner as the Niagara women's hockey team upended fifth-ranked Minnesota, 2-1, Saturday night in Dwyer Arena.
Ceelen stole the puck and broke in alone to break a 1-1 tie with 14:01 left to keep Niagara (3-0) in the unbeaten ranks.
"I'm very proud of the team," said Niagara coach Margot Page. "The team played very disciplined hockey and they did what they had to do at the end of the game."
Amanda Reid opened the scoring off assists from Linda Groff and Teresa Marchese-DelMonte to give Niagara a 1-0 lead. Kelly Stephens tied it in the second.
Niagara hosts Mercyhurst -- which lost in overtime to Minnesota on Friday -- at 3 p.m. today.
MEN'S HOCKEY: Chris Sebastian scored twice as Niagara topped Findlay (Ohio), 6-3, to improve to 4-2, 2-0 in College Hockey America. Hannu Karru, Rob Bumbaco, John Hefferman and Barret Ehgoetz also scored for Niagara, which is at home vs. Princeton on Friday and Saturday. . . . Rob Martin, Ryan Corcoran and Corey Lucas each scored twice as Canisius evened its record at 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 7-2 victory at Fairfield. Bryan Worosz made 16 saves for the Golden Griffins. . . . Host Buffalo State claimed the title of the eighth annual All-Sport Invitational with a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Jason Comardo scored twice in the final period to give the Bengals the win and earn tournament MVP honors. Fredonia State took second in the tournament despite a 4-3 loss to Utica after a shootout.
FOOTBALL: Tony Hurps and Ryan Jones each scored two touchdowns and Marcus Colvin picked off a pass and returned it 92 yards for a touchdown as Dayton beat Canisius, 56-18.
Colvin's interception return was Dayton's eighth for a touchdown this season, extending the school record. The Flyers (8-0), ranked first in the Sports Network's Division I-AA Mid-Major poll, have intercepted 24 passes. The Flyers rushed for 453 yards against Canisius (1-6), despite taking out the entire starting offense at halftime.
Erie Community College committed six turnovers, including one that set up Dean College (Mass.) for its winning drive in a 13-6 victory over the Kats. ECC (5-2), which had its Northeastern Football Conference record drop to 3-2, fumbled four times and had two interceptions. ECC's final turnover allowed Dean -- which had taken a 7-6 lead at the half -- to score with 4:20 left. ECC's only score came on a 5-yard run by Brock Steuball.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Junior Todd Witzleben (Orchard Park) of La Salle won the Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championships at the Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia. Witzleben's covered the 5-mile course in 25 minutes, 3 seconds. St. Bonaventure's men and women both finished last among the 11 teams. . . . Jerimie Slick finished sixth in 25:21.9 and Todd Ludden was eighth in 25:24.5 as UB improved on a 10th-place finish last year to take fifth at the Mid-American Conference Championships at Ypsilanti, Mich. Host Eastern Michigan took first.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Melissa Burrows was UB's top runner at the MAC Championships, placing 24th (19:06.0) as the Bulls took 11th among 13 schools.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: UB remained winless in MAC competition with a 30-23, 30-23, 30-22 loss at Central Michigan. Sophomore Lindsay Matikosh (North Tonawanda) had 10 kills for UB (5-17, 0-12). . . . Julie Scuderi, Vanessa Gerbetz and Amy Davidzik each had 17 kills as Niagara (7-7, 3-1 MAAC) rallied past Iona, 23-30, 30-18, 28-30, 30-20, 15-8. . . . Freshman Christina Wildes had nine kills to lead Canisius (3-12, 1-4) in a 30-25, 30-27, 30-20 home loss to Fairfield.
MEN'S SOCCER: Don Patti scored for Buffalo State (3-13, 2-7) in a 4-1 loss at Keuka.