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NU earns No. 2 seed

The Niagara men's team secured the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Hockey tournament by holding on for a 2-2 tie against RIT in Rochester on Saturday.

Chris Lochner scored a power-play goal and Jeff Hannan tallied a short-handed goal for the Purple Eagles (15-10-9, 14-6-7).

Niagara earned a first-round bye for the AHA Tournament and will host the quarterfinal round on March 9.

Canisius closed out the regular season with a 5-0 loss at Mercyhurst. The Lakers held a 36-27 advantage in shots and tallied two power-play goals.

The Golden Griffins (10-20-4, 10-14-3 AH) will play at Connecticut on Friday in the first round of the conference playoffs.

The Niagara women's hockey team dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Syracuse on Saturday afternoon at Dwyer Arena.

Kayla Raniwsky tied the game for Niagara in the second off a feed from Jocey Kleiber. Kleiber connected with Raniwsky on a long pass down the middle before the freshman raced in on a breakaway.

The Purple Eagles (10-15-8; 3-6-3 CHA) will host Robert Morris on Friday in the semifinals of the CHA Tournament.

Meanwhile, Erie Community College won't be playing in its fourth straight national championship after losing, 6-3, to Wiliston (N.D.) State in the NJCAA semifinal in Rochester. Christopher Kendall (Cheektowaga) had a goal and an assist for the Kats (19-5).