Canisius senior Cody Freeman scored twice, once on the power play, and assisted on another tally Saturday night in the Golden Griffins’ 4-2 victory over American International in the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield, Mass. The victory gave the Griffs a sweep of the two-game weekend series between the Atlantic Hockey rivals.
“Cody Freeman stepped up and was the best player on the ice tonight,” said Canisius coach Dave Smith of the senior from Toronto. “You can see how important the sweep was to him and the entire team.”
At the Compton Family Ice Center in Notre Dame, Ind., winless Niagara (0-6-0) lost to Notre Dame, 7-0, in a nationally televised nonconference game. The Fighting Irish (4-2-0) defeated Niagara, 6-3, on Friday, too.
After falling to Canisius, 3-1, on Friday, AIC scored first this time when Jackson Dudley beat freshman goalie Reilly Turner (24 saves) at 4:59 of the second period.
Ralph Cuddemi tied it at 11:11 with a power play goal. Freeman and Shane Conacher assisted. Freeman put Canisius in front at 3:45 of the third with the assist from Nolan Sheeran and tallied again with the man advantage at 5:24 with Conacher and Sheeran assisting.
After AIC closed the deficit on Bryant Christian’s goal with 7:17 left in the third, Tyler Wiseman scored an into an empty net with 18 seconds left for Canisius (4-2-2, 3-1-0 Atlantic Hockey).
Niagara was outshot, 39-23, against the Fighting Irish. Purple Eagles goalie Adrian Ignagni made 32 saves, 15 in the first period alone with Notre Dame scored three times. The Irish scored three power play goals and had a short-handed tally.
Buffalo Sabres draft choice Connor Hurley had a goal and two assists for Notre Dame while another Sabres draftee, goalie Cal Peterson, had 23 saves.