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Brief lapse costs Niagara women

What Margot Page wants -- in essence, needs -- out of her team is consistency.

The Niagara women's hockey team played with No. 4 New Hampshire for most of Saturday afternoon's matchup in Dwyer Arena.

But a faulty stretch in the second period led to two goals 25 seconds apart for the Wildcats, who earned a 5-3 win.

Niagara fell to 0-3 on the season with all three games against teams ranked in the top five.

But the level of competition isn't excuse enough.

"We don't want to play with teams in the top 10. That's not good enough for us anymore," said senior Ashley Riggs. "We want to win these games."

Niagara trailed by just 2-1 after the first period as Frances McPhail scored a power-play goal midway through the stanza. The Purple Eagles held a 12-10 advantage in shots that period.

But New Hampshire dominated the second, outshooting Niagara, 10-3, and adding two goals for a 4-1 lead.

Just 10 seconds into the third, Riggs scored on a two-on-one to cut the lead to 4-2. The Wildcats (1-0-1) scored for a 5-2 lead with Mary McKinnon notching a power-play goal at 15:17.

"We can see lots of positives but we can't have those lapses like we did in the second period," Page said. "When we put three periods together we'll be a good team."

Niagara and New Hampshire conclude the weekend series today at 2 p.m. in Dwyer Arena.


Griffs lose power-play battle

Special teams were the story in Big Rapids, Mich., as Ferris State earned a 5-2 win over Canisius. All seven goals were special teams goals as Ferris State went 4 for 8 on the power play with a short-handed goal while Canisius went 2 for 11 on the power play.

Vince Scarsella scored for Canisius (1-1) in the first period to tie the game, 1-1. The Bulldogs took a 3-1 lead in the second, but Jason Weeks scored on a two-man advantage 39 seconds into the third.

At 6:38, Ferris State got another power-play goal and a short-handed tally closed out the scoring.

"I thought we had a lot of good chances," Canisius coach Dave Smith said. "Our power play had opportunities and it gave us a chance to win this game. Their power play was opportunistic and they were able to capitalize."


Niagara loses lead, again

For the second straight game, the Niagara men's hockey team blew a third period lead, this time taking a 3-3 tie against Bowling Green in Ohio.

The Purple Eagles (0-1-1) took a 3-1 lead after the first period with two goals by Chris Moran and one by Ryan Annesly.

Bowling Green (1-0-1) scored in the second to make it 3-2, then tied the game with 4:04 left in regulation.

The Falcons held a commanding 50-18 advantage in shots. Juliano Pagliero recorded 47 saves for Niagara.

The Purple Eagles blew a 2-1 third-period lead Friday night against Western Michigan.

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