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Canisius, Niagara lose hockey openers

Canisius and Niagara both started playing regular-season games in college hockey on Friday night, and both teams suffered one-sided losses.

The Golden Griffins drew a very tough assignment, opening at North Dakota – the defending national champions. The Fighting Hawks came away with a 6-0 victory at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.

North Dakota scored only 40 seconds into the contest, as Shane Gersich got on the scoreboard. They added another goal later in the first period, and four more in the second to coast home with the win.

Six different players scored for the Fighting Hawks.

Canisius was outshot in the game, 35-17.

Niagara, meanwhile, was home at Dwyer Arena. After taking a 2-1 lead over Holy Cross early in the second period, the Crusaders scored the game’s final seven goals to earn an 8-2 win.

Larry Smith and Stephen Pietrobon had the Purple Eagles’ goals.

Jackson Teichroeb played the first two periods for Niagara, allowing five goals on 15 shots. Guillaume Therien finished up, as Holy Cross scored on him three times on 15 shots. The Purple Eagles had 16 shots for the game.

T.J. Moore had three goals and two assists for the Crusaders, while Mike Barrett finished with two goals and two assists.

The teams will play again on Saturday. Niagara’s game begins at 7:05 p.m. (Radio 1340 AM), while Canisius begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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