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NU hockey falls in OT

The Atlantic Hockey Association league race is heating up for the Niagara men's hockey team, which entered this weekend with a golden opportunity to turn the conference jockeying into a two-team race.

Behind leader RIT, NU and Robert Morris are currently ranked second and third, respectively.

This weekend, the Purple Eagles started a home-and-home series with Robert Morris with a loss. The Colonials beat the Purple Eagles in overtime, 6-5, Friday at Dwyer Arena as Brandon Blandina scored the game-winner 14 seconds into the extra session.

When Robert Morris took a 2-1 lead, NU answered quickly. Nineteen seconds later, Patrick Divjak scored. And then 42 seconds after Divjak's tally, Bryan Haczyk scored to give the Purple Eagles a 3-2 edge. The goal extended Haczyk's point streak to 21 games.

Robert Morris got the equalizer at the end of the second and jumped to a 5-3 lead in the third but NU fought back to tie. Ryan Rashid cut the lead to one and then Paul Zanette scored with 1:30 left in regulation to force OT. For the Purple Eagles, Dan Weiss had three assists.

With the loss, the Purple Eagles fell to 15-8-2 overall and 12-6 in Atlantic Hockey. "The momentum swings were wild tonight," NU coach Dave Burkholder said. "This is a tough pill to swallow."

In other hockey action, Canisius tied Air Force, 4-4, on the road. Dan Morrison made 44 saves, while Scott Moser (Kenmore West) and Preston Shupe each scored two goals.

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Daemen loses first league game

In an upset, the Daemen College women's basketball team lost to Mount Vernon Nazarene, 86-81, at home. The ninth-ranked Wildcats (19-4, 9-1) committed 24 turnovers, including 17 in the first half. Mount Vernon Nazarene (15-5, 6-3) led by five at halftime and hung on.

Sarah Soroka (East Aurora) led Daemen with 34 points, nine rebounds and three blocks as Bridgette Burke (Lockport) added 15 points, six rebounds and four assists.

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