Canisius gained a 4-0 sweep of its Atlantic Hockey Conference season series with RIT with its 6-1 rout of the Tigers Saturday night at HarborCenter.
The Golden Griffins (10-5-1, 9-4-4 AHC) scored twice on the power play to take the lead and never led up. Canisius had won the series opener, 3-1 in Rochester. Charles Williams was in net again for the Griffs and had an easier time than Friday, when he needed 45 stops. This time, Williams made 20 saves.
Meanwhile, at Dwyer Arena in Lewiston, American International blitzed Niagara with three goals in just a little over a four-minute span in the third period to end any doubt and went on to a 7-2 victory over the Purple Eagles, its third win plus a tie in the four-game season series with coach Dave Burkholder’s team.
Two power-play goals and an even-strength tally by Geoff Fortman got Canisius off to a 3-0 lead over the Tigers. Mike Sabatini scored for Canisius with 2:17 left in the opening period with Fortman and Matt Hoover assisting.
Fifty seconds into the second Ryan Schmelzer struck on the power play to make it 2-0. Felix Chamberland and Matt Stief assisted. Fortman's goal came at 2:20 with Nick Hutchison assisting.
Myle Powell got RIT on the board with a goal at 6:42 of the second.
David Parrotino scored for the Griffs with 1:47 left in the second period to make it 4-1. Dylan McLaughlin had the assist. Hutchison's ninth of the season made it 5-1 at 8:51 of the third and Parrotino got his second of the game later in the third scoring on the power play.
In its loss, Niagara gave up a short-handed goal and scored on the same power play midway through the opening period. Kyle Stephen scored for the Yellowjackets at 9:21. before Vinny Muto tallied his third of the season for Niagara with 10:48 gone. AIC had the lead before the period was over, though, when Dominik Florian scored his 10th of the season at 15:49.
Kris Spriggs got his sixth of the season , on the power play, to tie it for Niagara at 4:09 of the second but power-play tallies by Austin Orszulak and Jackson Dudley put the Yellowjackets in front, 4-2.
AIC then blew it open with its three-goal explosion in the third. Dudley (11:48), Jared Pike (15:01) and Hugo Reinhardt (15:50) tallied in succession.
Niagara dropped to 3-18-3 overall and 3-13-2 in Atlantic Hockey Conference play.