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Niagara hockey loses to RIT; Canisius gets tie

Niagara’s hockey team has seen enough of RIT for the time being.

The Purple Eagles dropped their second game to the Tigers in as many nights at Dwyer Arena. This time RIT skated away with a 6-2 victory. The Tigers won by a 7-1 count on Friday night.

Niagara fell to 2-11-3 overall, with a 2-6-2 record in Atlantic Hockey. RIT moved to 8-7-1 overall, 8-5-0 AH.

Meanwhile, Canisius and Bentley played to a 3-3 tie in HarborCenter.

The Purple Eagles did have a lead in Saturday’s game. Derek Brown scored at 8:23 of the first period. Myles Powell and Eric Brown put the Tigers ahead before the first period ended.

RIT then put the game away in the second period with three unanswered goals. Danny Smith had two goals within the first seven minutes, and Gabe Valenzuela followed with a score in the period’s final minute. That make it 5-1 in favor of the Tigers.

Liam Kerins added to the RIT lead in the third period. Stanislav Dzakhov scored his second goal in as many nights for Niagara at 5:19 of the third period to finish the scoring.

Purple Eagles goalie Jackson Teichroeb ade 34 saves. Niagara finished with only 14 shots.

Niagara has gone 0-3-1 in its last four games. The Purple Eagles hit the road for Colorado next. They will play the Air Force Academy twice next weekend in Colorado Springs. .

Canisius and Bentley did all of their scoring in the first period. The Falcons had leads of 2-0 and 3-2 along the way, but the Golden Griffins came back to earn the tie.

Nolan Sheeran had the tying goal for Canisius with 17:25 gone in the first period, Earlier, the Griffins received goals by Ryan Schmelzer and Felix Chamberland.

The goaltenders in the game were busy. Canisius finished with 39 shots, while Bentley (3-7-4, 2-5-3 AH) had 38 against netminder Daniel Urbani.

The Golden Griffins take a break in the schedule for a while. Their next game will be played on Dec. 30 at Holy Cross. They will be home on Jan. 6-7 against St. Lawrence.

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