Another local college didn't have any luck against Connecticut this weekend, but the Canisius hockey program is flying high after completing a sweep of UConn with a 5-1 victory Saturday in Buffalo State Sports Arena.
The Golden Griffins are now first in the Atlantic Hockey Association at 5-1-0. They're 6-5-1 overall.
"Our guys are playing really well," Canisius coach Brian Cavanaugh said. "We're pretty happy as a team right now."
Canisius converted four of nine power plays. Michael Cohen (Williamsville) netted a pair of man-advantage goals in the second period, and Josh Zavitz and Fred Coccimiglio added two more in the opening minutes of the third.
Griffs goalie Bryan Worosz made 36 saves.
In other men's hockey action, Manhattanville edged Buffalo State, 5-4. Mike DeMarco (Niagara Falls) had three assists for the Bengals.
WOMEN'S HOCKEY: With a goal in each period, Niagara defeated Quinnipiac, 3-1, in Northford, Conn. It was the 99th victory in program history.
Katie Gray, who recorded a hat trick in Friday's 6-1 victory over Quinnipiac, netted a power-play goal 8:36 into the rematch. Amy Jack's goal provided a little breathing room with 5:35 left in the second period, and Shannon Moulson's empty-net goal iced it with 35 seconds to play.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Capital hit 7 of 12 three-pointers in the first half and hung on to beat Buffalo State, 72-68, in the Cole's Classic final in the Buffalo State Sports Arena. Gregg Jones paced the Bengals (1-1) with 15 points and four assists. . . . Justin Cooke scored 16 points to lead D'Youville to a 58-44 victory over Medaille in the consolation of the inaugural Brockport Tip-Off Tourney. Albert Gulledge (McKinley) had 12 boards. . . . Sam Gioia (West Seneca West) had 16 points and Keon Rembert (Walsh) added 12 with eight rebounds as Hilbert lost to Clarkson, 59-56, in the consolation of the North Country Invitational. . . . Darnell Jackson scored 17 points for Daemen in a 91-72 win over St. Francis.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Despite shooting 56 percent from the floor and 42 percent from three-point range, Canisius dropped its season opener to St. John's, 98-79, in the St. Bonaventure Shootout in Elmira. Cheri Wittlieb recorded a team-high 14 points for the Griffs. In the other opening game, five Colgate scorers reached double digits to hand St. Bonaventure a 73-70 defeat. Audrey Latendresse led Bona with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Tawan Slaughter (Christian Central) had a team-high 20 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals to help Buffalo State beat D'Youville, 77-63, at home in the opener of the Betty Abgott Invitational. Kate Modaferri had a game-high 27 points for D'Youville. Buffalo State will face Elmira in the final at 3 p.m. today.
Autumn Lee-Jeffries (Holy Angels) had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Amy Anderson (West Seneca West) added 15 points for Hilbert to open with a 59-43 win over Chatham. . . . Jillian LaPoint scored with six seconds left and blocked a shot at the other end to preserve Daemen's 68-67 win over Urbana. . . . Ashley Andrews netted 19 points for Erie Community College in a 76-52 loss to Finger Lakes CC.
SWIMMING AND DIVING: Brian Griffin and Kevin Palumbo finished 1-2 in the 200-yard breaststroke to seal a 126-105 win for Niagara over Iona in New Rochelle. Nate Katz (Niagara Falls) had the upset of the day, beating the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 100 free champion Kamil Kulczycki in 49.71 seconds. . . . The Buffalo State women finished second and the men placed third at the North Country Invitational at Potsdam. Bret Stodolka took first place in 3-meter diving, while Nicole Rutkowski (Williamsville North) finished first in the 1-meter and 3-meter.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Mary Bellanca (Sweet Home) had a school-record 43 digs and Nichole Kuslik (Sweet Home) had 17 kills for Daemen in a five-game loss to Mount Vernon in the semifinals of the NAIA Region 9 tournament in Cedarville, Ohio.