*Canisius (12-11-6, 10-9-4) blanked American International (4-23-1, 4-18), 3-0, in an Atlantic Hockey game played before 820 in the Amherst Pepsi Center. Andrew Loewen finished with 31 saves for the Golden Griffins, making a save on a penalty shot with 5:55 left in the first with the game still scoreless. Jason Weeks, Pat Kenney (Amherst) and John Patera scored, while Vincent Scarsella (St. Francis) had two assists. The rematch is tonight at 7 in the Pepsi Center.
*Egor Mironov continues to have the hot hand for Niagara, which scored three second-period goals to beat College Hockey America host Alabama-Huntsville, 4-2. Mironov had two goals and an assist, bringing his tally to 10 goals and 17 points in his last 10 games. Juliano Pagliero finished with 28 saves for NU (15-10-2, 8-2-1, which plays the Chargers (4-16-3, 2-8-3) at 4 p.m. today in the Von Braun Center.
*Erie Community College grabbed the No. 1 spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll this week after it defeated then-top ranked Monroe Community College, 3-2, at Leisure Rinks. The Kats are 15-3-2 overall and 10-2-2 in Region III play and return to region play on Feb. 21 when they host Hudson Valley at 3:45 p.m. at the Cheektowaga Recreation Center. Daniel Wendt ranks third in the country in scoring with 49 points (27 goals, 22 assists) while goaltender Bryan Kalczynski (Lancaster) ranks fourth in goals-against average (1.73) with a .935 save percentage.
*Niagara County Community College hosts the Region III Championships at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Trailblazers are 9-2 in dual meets this year with sophomore Justin James ranked eighth nationally at 165 pounds.
*Canisius inducted three former student-athletes and a former coach to its Sports Hall of Fame last weekend. The four new members are: Jill (Evans) Benham '96, synchronized swimming; Scott Dochat '98, football; Richard Foit '95, baseball; and Joanne Wright, former synchronized swimming coach.
Geneseo's Lindsay Dressel (Kenmore West) won the 400 individual medley in a SUNYAC- and school-record time of 4:32.9, hitting the NCAA Division III meet provisional qualifying mark at the Flickinger Center. The Geneseo women lead the SUNYAC championships with 602 points. Buffalo State's 200-yard medley relay team of Nate Schaum, Kyle Benedict, Lance Thornton and Cory Skiba (Kenmore West) broke a 13-year-old school record in the event, finishing in a time of 1:39.01.