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Canisius hockey rebounds for tie, Niagara loses in OT

The Canisius hockey team salvaged something from its weekend trip to Springfield, Mass., skating to a 1-1 tie against American International on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Niagara bounced back a bit from a one-sided loss to Sacred Heart on Saturday, but still fell to the Pioneers, 2-1 in overtime, on Sunday night.

The Golden Griffins were coming off a 3-1 loss to the Yellow Jackets on Saturday night. Canisius moved to 5-13-2 on the season, 5-7-2 in Atlantic Hockey play. AIC has similar numbers at 5-13-1 overall and 5-8-1 in the conference.

Canisius wasted no time scoring its goal in the game, as Jeff Murray tallied on a rebound. The Golden Griffins held the lead for about 40 minutes, but the Yellow Jackets equalized the game early in the third period. Bryant Christmas scored for AIC at the 1:02 mark. That was the final score.

“It was a great effort by our players to control the game but to only get one point is disappointing,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. “If we bring that same effort on a consistent basis, we will get positive results in the future.”

Canisius plays at RIT next weekend, starting Friday night.

Niagara gave up a goal at the 12-second mark of the first period, and Sacred Heart stayed ahead for about 40 minutes. Then Albin Karlsson tied the game for the Purple Eagles. The game remained 1-1 until overtime, when Justin Danforth scored his second of the night with only 17 seconds left to win it.

“The team played incredibly hard all night and deserved better in the end,” Niagara head coach Dave Burkholder said. “We had so many point-blank chances, but only one goal to show for our efforts.”

Niagara plays at Mercyhurst in Erie, Pa., on Friday night.