Canisius hung with national No. 13 Wisconsin for as long as it could before the Golden Griffins succumbed to last year's national runner-up, 3-0, in a non-conference hockey contest Friday night at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc.
Freshman netminder Tony Capobianco finished with 37 saves for Canisius, including 23 through two periods as the Griffs trailed by only 1-0 through 40 minutes.
Canisius (6-9-4) was limited to 18 shots on goal, including a mere five in the third period. Still, the Griffs had some quality chances on transition rushes, just failing to convert. Vincent Scarsella (St. Francis) hit the post with six minutes left with Canisius down, 2-0.
"I thought we played very well against a very good hockey team," coach Dave Smith said. "Both teams had chances where the game could have gone in either direction."
Justin Schultz broke a scoreless tie at 15:33 of the second period for Wisconsin (13-7-3). Craig Smith and Jordy Murray added late third-period goals. Scott Gudmandson earned the shutout.
The same teams meet tonight at 8:05.
NU hockey triumphs
The extended break for the Niagara men's hockey team came to an end Friday, but the Purple Eagles' winning ways and forward Bryan Haczyk's points streak continued.
Niagara (11-6-2, 8-4) defeated host Holy Cross, 5-2, in the Atlantic Hockey Association at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. It was the Purple Eagles' first game since a Dec. 11 win at Colgate.
Haczyk recorded his first career hat trick to increase his season goal total to a personal-best 13 and extend his points streak to 15 games. Ryan Annesley had three assists. Cody Campbell made 35 saves in his NU debut.
Campbell joined Niagara just before Christmas after playing for Cedar Rapids of the USHL because NU needed another goalie after losing freshman Carsen Chubak to a season-ending injury.
UB beats Virginia
The UB wrestling team upset Virginia, 24-12, during the 31st Virginia Duals.
Virginia, which received votes in the latest Top 25 poll, came into the event as the No. 6 seed but went down with a run ignited by UB's Andrew Schutt's pin of nationally ranked Gus Sako at 141 pounds. Desi Green, Mark Lewandowski (Lancaster) and John-Martin Cannon also earned decisions in the triumph, while Josh Peters' 4-2 win at 197 clinched the win.