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Canisius hockey trips up league-leading Mercyhurst

ERIE, Pa. — Senior Patrick Sullivan (St. Francis) scored the go-ahead goal at 1:12 of the third period and 18 seconds later assisted on the eventual game-winner by Taylor Law as Canisius went on to a 7-4 Atlantic Hockey Association victory over Mercyhurst, ending the first-place Lakers’ seven-game unbeaten streak. The game was tied 3-3 entering the third period and both goals were scored 4 on 4.

Law’s goal was his second of the game. Geoff Fortman (his first collegiate tally), Kyle Gibbons, Doug Jessey and Ralph Cuddemi had the other Canisius goals. Cuddemi scored into an empty net in the final minute.

Mercyhurst (14-10-4 overall) leads Atlantic Hockey with a 12-2-3 record. Both losses were to Canisius (9-13-2, 8-7-2 AHA).

Tony Capobianco made 22 saves in goal for Canisius. The Griffs outshot the home team, 34-26, including a 14-4 advantage in the third period.

“Tonight the difference was our ability to channel our energy toward each other rather than adverse conditions going on elsewhere,” said Canisius coach Dave Smith. “Our seniors stepped up and made the difference for us tonight.”

The Griffs will go back on the road Friday and Saturday to face American International College in West Springfield, Mass., before beginning a stretch where five of their last eight regular season games will be at home in the Buffalo State Ice Arena.