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Canisius rallies to tie Army

Canisius made sure its trip to West Point wasn't a lost weekend Saturday night.

The Golden Griffins rallied for a 2-2 tie against Army in an Atlantic Hockey Association game before 2,594 at Tate Ice Rink.

Josh Heidinger's goal midway through the second period enabled the Griffs to earn a point in this two-game series. Army snapped a six-game winless streak Friday night with a 4-1 triumph over Canisius.

The Golden Griffins (11-11-6, 9-9-4) took an early 1-0 lead when Cory Conacher finished off a two-on-one feed from Jason Weeks just 5:04 into the first. The lead was short lived as Army tied it 32 seconds later on a goal by Cody Omisulsik. Zach McKeleie gave Army a 2-1 lead five minutes later.

Canisius held a 44-35 edge in shots, but wouldn't have boarded the bus for the return trip home with the point without a huge save from goalie Andrew Loewen, who denied a point-blank chance by the Black Knights (8-16-4, 7-11-4) during the overtime period. Army's Jay Clark made 42 saves and finished the two-game series stopping 76 of 79 shots.

"I thought our effort was tremendous," Griffs coach Dave Smith said. "We played exceptionally hard but Army is a good team. Their goalie played really well tonight."

The Griffs host American International (4-22-1, 4-17-0) Friday and Saturday at the Amherst Pepsi Center.

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Riggs nets milestones

Ashley Riggs achieved two milestones Saturday during the Niagara women's 8-2 loss to College Hockey America foe and national No. 3 Mercyhurst (20-5, 9-0) in Dwyer Arena.

Riggs assisted on both NU goals, becoming the program's all-time leader in assists (66) and tying Valerie Hall on the all-time points list (142). Riggs can tie Hall for the all-time goals mark (77) with her next score. NU fell to 4-19-4, 1-6-2.

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