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Niagara women too much for Bemidji

The bad news for the Niagara women's hockey team was that they played a rather subpar weekend.

The good news is that they still came away with three points.

The Purple Eagles earned a 2-1 win over Bemidji State in front of 350 at Dwyer Arena Saturday afternoon after taking a tie with the Beavers on Friday night.

"We didn't play well all weekend and there could be a lot of reasons for that," Niagara coach Margot Page said. "But I thought when we needed to, we did well along the boards in the offensive zone. In the third period we focused on simple things we can do well -- gaining the red line and forechecking -- and when we simplified what we wanted to do, we did OK."

Freshman Venla Heikkila gave Niagara a 1-0 lead at 17:36 of the first period when she intercepted a Bemidji pass and deeked her way past the goaltender.

Mary McKinnon made it 2-0 with 45 seconds left in the second when she tipped in a shot that originated at the point by Chris Jablonski and was first deflected by Heikkila.

Sophomore Jill Zelonia recorded 20 saves for Niagara (4-2-2).


Griffs get road win

An empty-net goal by Josh Heidinger with 10.3 seconds left assured the Canisius men's hockey team it wouldn't again let a lead slip away as the Golden Griffins took a 4-2 win over Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

Jason Weeks tied the game for Canisius (2-5-2, 2-3-1 Atlantic Hockey) in the first while goals by Alec Wright and Kyle Bushee in the second gave the Griffs a 3-1 lead. Bushee had three points.

"We played very, very well," Canisius coach Dave Smith said. "It wasn't a perfect game but I think we learned that we can win when we're not perfect."


Niagara drops CHA game

The No. 19 Purple Eagles lost, 4-2, to Robert Morris in Pittsburgh, splitting the weekend men's hockey series. Ted Cook scored a power play goal late in the second period and Les Reaney scored his first of the season in the third for Niagara (6-3, 2-2 CHA).


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