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Niagara rallies for tie; Air Force grounds Griffs

Niagara rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 tie with Robert Morris in an Atlantic Hockey clash Saturday night.

With the tie, Niagara remains alone in second place in the Atlantic Hockey standings -- one point ahead of Robert Morris.

Meanwhile, Air Force kept in front of Canisius in the Atlantic Hockey standings with a 3-2 win over the Golden Griffins in Colorado.

In Moon Township, Pa., the Colonials took a 2-0 lead early in the second period. Nick Chiavetta opened the scoring at 1:09 and Scott Kobialko tallied just 52 seconds later.

Midway through the third, Niagara got on the board as Scott Arnold scored on the power play at 11:16. Ryan Murphy then tied the game with a score at 13:09.

Niagara generated plenty of chances, holding a 58-40 advantage in shots on goal. Paul Zanette hit the post in overtime as the Purple Eagles (15-8-3, 12-6-1 AH) went to the extra session for the second straight game.

Niagara senior Bryan Haczyk was held pointless, snapping his school record 21-game point streak.

In USAF Academy, Colo., Canisius scored two power play goals, but quick strikes early in the third by Air Force gave the Falcons the win.

Taylor Law scored for the Griffs to tie the game, 1-1. The Falcons went up, 3-1, early in the third. Cory Conacher notched a power-play goal at 12:38 to bring the Griffs within one, but Canisius could not cash in on opportunities late in the game.

With the loss, Canisius (8-12-6, 7-7-5 AH) is tied for fifth place with Mercyhurst and Holy Cross while Air Force is alone in fourth place.

In women's hockey, Mercyhurst took a 2-0 win over Niagara in a College Hockey America game at Dwyer Arena as senior Meghan Agosta, the top scorer in the country, notched a pair of points.

Agosta opened the scoring, putting the Lakers up 1-0 when she scored with just six seconds left in the first period.

Midway through the second, Agosta picked up an assist as Christine Bestland scored on the power play for a 2-0 lead.

The Lakers, ranked fifth in the poll and fourth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, dominated play, outshooting Niagara 40-10. Jenni Bauer made 38 saves for the Purple Eagles.

Mercyhurst remained undefeated in College Hockey America, moving to 10-0-0 while improving to 21-5-0 overall.

The loss ends a four-game winning-streak for Niagara, which slipped to 5-3-1 in the CHA and 8-13-4 overall.

The teams meet again at 2 p.m. today in Dwyer Arena.

Mercyhurst has now won the last three meetings with Niagara, though the Purple Eagles earned an overtime win, 4-3, on Nov. 6 when the teams played a non-conference game.