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Sweep lifts Niagara men to second place in CHA

The Niagara men's hockey team has its offensive groove on.

The Purple Eagles earned a 5-1 win over Bemidji State at Dwyer Arena Saturday night.

After a 6-5 overtime win on Friday night, Niagara scored 11 goals in its series sweep of the Beavers.

More importantly, the win puts the Purple Eagles (17-14-1, 11-6-1 College Hockey America) in second place in CHA, two points behind first-place Alabama-Huntsville.

Randy Harris scored twice for Niagara while Ted Cook, Vince Rocco and Les Reaney added single talliles.

Meanwhile, Canisius played a 2-2 tie with American International. Tommy Flikeiv scored for the Golden Griffins while Tim Songin added a power-play goal. Canisius moves to 10-20-2 overall, 8-16-2 in Atlantic Hockey.

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: D'Youville saw its season end with a 61-52 loss to Keuka in the championship game of the North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs. Sophomore Rachel Placito scored 23 points for the Spartans (18-10). Freshman Christine Halter was a first-team all-conference selection while Placito earned honorable mention. Spartan's coach Mark Herr received NEAC Coach of the Year honors. . . . Daemen advanced to the championship game of the American Mideast Conference tournament with a 96-89 win over Walsh. Sarah Bogardus (Fredonia) led the Wildcats (21-11) with 27 points while Allison Depp (Lockport) added 26. Daemen will host the championship game at 7:30 Tuesday against an opponent to be determined.

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WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Samantha Simpson scored the winning goal for Buffalo State in a 4-0 win over Chatham. Also scoring for the Bengals (6-14-2, 2-9-0 ECAC West) were Jamie Overbeck (Tonawanda), Melissa Jeckovich (Niagara Falls) and Linda Mleczko. . . . Allison Rutledge recorded 17 saves for Niagara (7-20-4) in a 3-0 loss at Northeastern.

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MEN'S BASKETBALL: Dewan Stroud (Seneca) scored 17 points for Erie Community College in an 88-60 loss to Monroe CC. The Kats finished the regular season 14-15 overall, 9-6 in the WNY Conference. . . . Joe Olsen scored 25 points with 10 rebounds for Daemen in a 91-67 loss to Walsh in the finals of the American Mideast Conference tournament. The Wildcats (20-11) still qualified for the NAIA Division II national tournament.

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MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Craig Kilgore (Frontier) had six kills and nine digs for Hilbert (2-9) in a three-game loss to Philadelphia Biblical.

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TRACK AND FIELD: The University at Buffalo won three Mid-American Conference individual titles at the conference's indoor track and field championships. Roy Richards broke his own school record to win the long jump. His distance of 24-9 3/4 eclipsed his 2004 record by 4 1/4 inches. Rayshon Higgins (Bishop Timon-St. Jude) won the triple jump at 50-1 1/4 . On the women's side, Jen Jezorski won the mile in 4:53.39 for UB's first women's individual indoor championship in a track event.

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WRESTLING: Niagara County Community College freshman Colin Thompson (Grand Island) earned All-America status with his sixth-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Wrestling Championship. Thompson, wrestling at 285 pounds, lost his last match to Chris Miller of Istasca Community College in Minnesota.

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MEN'S LACROSSE: Canisius opened its season with a 16-6 loss at No. 8 Princeton. Sophomore Michael Blocho (Grand Island) paced the Golden Griffins with a career-high three goals.

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SOFTBALL: UB earned a split in the second day of the Golden Panther Invitational at Florida International University. In the first game, Sophie Barstad pitched a complete-game five-hitter and singled in the winning run in a 1-0 win over Memphis. UB dropped the second game, 11-6, to St. John's.

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BASEBALL: Justin Rosenbeck (Medina) drove in two runs while going 3-for-4 for UB (2-2) in an 11-3 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore. The Bulls lost the first game of the double-header, 15-2. . . . Andrew MacNevin drove in three runs on two hits but Niagara (2-2) dropped a 13-6 decision to Davidson.

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