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Cuddemi, Schmelzer highlight weekly Atlantic Hockey honors

The top line for Canisius received top honors in Atlantic Hockey as Ralph Cuddemi was named Offensive Player of the Week and Ryan Schmelzer was Rookie of the Week.

To review, the top line of Cuddemi, Schmelzer and Shane Conacher accounted for eight of the 10 goals scored by the Golden Griffins in their sweep of Niagara in Dwyer Arena.

Cuddemi had four goals and two assists for a six-point series. His 16 goals rank fifth in the country while his 29 points rank 12th.

The key to his scoring success? Well, there's the play making Conacher to his left who ranks third nationally in assists (22). And there's the shots on goal. Cuddemi fired 16 shots on net over the weekend including 10 on Friday -- the most by a Griff since Billy Irish-Baker had 10 on Feb. 27, 2004.

Schmelzer, a freshman from Buffalo, had three points with two goals and one assists and was an impressive plus-7 on the weekend. He matched the Division I record for Canisius with a plus-5 rating on Saturday -- the highest in a game since the Derek Gilham was plus-5 on Jan. 15, 1999.

The Griffs are in second place in Atlantic Hockey with an 11-3-5 conference mark. They are off this week then face league-leader and defending champion Robert Morris in Pittsburgh Feb. 6-7.

Canisius was one of the teams receiving votes in the latest USCHO Men's Division I poll. The Griffs earned five points. It's their first appearance since receiving votes in the final poll of the 2013-14 season.

In the spirit of everybody gets a medal, Niagara's Robert Angiolella also received Rookie of the Week honors. The forward returned after missing eight games with injury. He had three points in Saturday's loss to Canisius and was a minus-1 on the weekend.

Niagara, in last place in Atlantic Hockey with a 3-13-2 mark, plays at Holy Cross Jan. 30-31. The Crusaders, once in second place, have slipped to seventh with a 7-7-5 conference mark.

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