Both Canisius and Niagara earned key wins while hosting Atlantic Hockey matchups Saturday.
A power play goal by Torrey Lindsay and an impressive performance in goal by Tony Capobianco gave Canisius a 2-0 win over Sacred Heart at the Buffalo State Arena while Niagara's Chris Lochner had a hat trick in a 6-1 win over American International.
Canisius and Sacred Heart were scoreless until the third, when Lindsay connected at the 2:21 mark.
"We played really well in a tough game," Canisius coach Dave Smith said. "Our power play came up with a huge goal by Torrey Lindsay, who is having a terrific year. We played really good team defense and shut the door after Torrey's goal. It was a good team win for us tonight."
Capobianco recorded 28 saves, including 15 stops in the third period, to earn his first collegiate shutout.
Scott Moser added an empty-net goal with 25 seconds to secure the win for the Golden Griffins (7-13-3, 7-7-2 AH).
The teams close out their series at 3 today.
In Dwyer Arena, Lochner scored three times -- all on the power play -- to pace Niagara (9-8-7, 8-5-4 AH). The Purple Eagles built a 4-0 lead on goals from Scott Arnold, Giancarlo Iuorio, Lochner and Tyler Matthews.
Niagara dominated the game, holding a 42-26 advantage in shots.
In women's hockey, Niagara picked up its first conference win with a 2-1 overtime decision against Syracuse. Kristin Richards scored on the power play in the extra session to give the Purple Eagles (8-11-6, 1-2-1 CHA) the win.
Jessica Hitchcock gave Niagara a 1-0 lead just 1:07 into the game before Syracuse made it 1-1 midway through the second. Sarah Moses made 32 saves.