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Hudson is hero for Canisius

Canisius defenseman Carl Hudson added to his "Mr. Overtime" reputation by scoring 15 seconds into OT to give Canisius a 4-3 victory at Connecticut.

Hudson's power-play goal, on a slap shot into the top corner from the point, capped a rally that saw the Golden Griffins -- who own an NCAA-best four OT wins this season -- bounce back from a 2-0 deficit in the third period.

Hudson got the game-winner over Mercyhurst on Feb. 3 and two years ago also beat UConn in OT on the Huskies' home ice at Storrs, Conn.

Canisius improved to 14-11-6, 12-9-4 in Atlantic Hockey and moved to a point behind Bentley in the battle for fourth place. UConn slipped to 7-25-1, 6-18-1.

Canisius trailed, 2-0, before Josh Heidinger (Bishop Timon-St. Jude) scored twice in the first three minutes of the third period to tie the game at 2-2.

After the Huskies's Sean Erickson scored, the Griffs tied the game at 3-3 on Jason Weeks' power-play goal with 3:21 left. The teams meet again tonight at 7:05 p.m.

NIAGARA: The Purple Eagles' men fell to Bemidji State for the second consecutive night at Dwyer Arena Friday. This time, Bemidji (15-14-1, 11-4-1 College Hockey America) opened a 4-0 lead en route to a 4-1 victory to follow Thursday's 3-1 win.

"It's a weekend we need to put behind us," NU coach Dave Burkholder said. "It's back to work on Monday."

It was the first time Niagara was swept at home since October 2005, when the Purple Eagles dropped two decisions to Vermont.

Niagara (15-13-2, 8-5-1) avoided the shutout when Egor Mironov put home a rebound from Dan Baco.

In a women's game at Erie, Pa., Mercyhurst improved to 13-0 in College Hockey America by blanking Niagara, 7-0. NU slipped to 4-23-4, 1-10-2.

BUFFALO STATE: Joel Sheppard scored two goals and Nicholas Petriello had three assists for the Bengals (9-11-4, 4-7-4 SUNYAC) in a 6-3 loss to Geneseo.

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