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The Niagara men's hockey team scored four power-play goals, three in the first period, and got solid goaltending from Jeff Van Nyatten in a 6-1 win at Vermont.

Niagara (1-3-0) took a 1-0 lead at the 5:21 mark of the first period and scored two more before the period ended.

Vermont (1-3-0) cut into the lead at 14:02 of the second period when Kenny Macaulay scored on the 5-on-3 power play from Ryan Gunderson and Scott Mifsud.

Van Nyatten recorded 30 saves for Niagara, while Joe Fallon stopped 21 for Vermont. The two teams will play again tonight.

Barret Ehgoetz had a power-play goal and two assists giving him 125 career points, third best in College Hockey America Conference history. Also connecting on power play goals were: Andrew Lackner, Ryan Gale and Kris Wiebe. Van Nyatten finished with 30 saves.

In other action, Sean Burke had two goals and two assists, Clay Lewis scored twice and Greg Prybylski (Cheektowaga) had four assists as Buffalo State opened its season with a 7-5 victory over Cortland State.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Candice Moxley had a hat trick, including an empty-netter at the end of the game, and freshman Ashley Riggs scored two short-handed goals as Niagara earned its first win of the season in its home opener, 7-2 over Northeastern (0-1-0). Freshman Allison Rutledge had 19 saves in the win for the Purple Eagles (1-2-0).

MEN'S SOCCER: Douglas Narvaez scored the first goal of the game and assisted on the second, as Saint Peter's scored three times in the second half to secure a 3-0 win over visiting Canisius. . . . Sophomore Matt Stedman (Lockport) scored his fifth goal of the season on an assist from Joe Conjerti (Lockport), but Niagara lost, 3-1, to Manhattan in Riverdale.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: The freshman duo of Stephanie Karst (Hinsdale) and Lindsay Benson scored two goals in a 50-second span to help lead Canisius to a 2-1 win over Saint Peter's. The win snaps the Golden Griffins' seven-game losing streak. . . . Sophomore Katy Owings registered her fourth shutout as Niagara returned to the win column with a 1-0 win over Manhattan. . . . Jacquee Parmiter had a goal and an assist as St. Bonaventure (8-8-1, 1-6-1 Atlantic 10) tied Fairfield, 3-3.

VOLLEYBALL: Katie Weekley led the University at Buffalo with five kills in a three-game loss to Ohio, 30-17, 30-15, 30-15. . . . Micole Daluisio (Lancaster) had a match-high 19 digs and Erin Graham added a team-high 16 kills for Niagara in a four-game loss to Fairfield.

MEN'S TENNIS: Nick Zieziula (UB), Mike Rockman (UB) and Nikhil Murali (St. Bonaventure) won their first-round matches to advance in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Tournament in Blacksburg, Va.

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