Canisius extended its undefeated streak to six games Friday afternoon with a 4-2 win over American International in the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.
It was the fourth straight win for the Griffs, who improved to 1-4-4 in Atlantic Hockey play, 12-10-5 overall.
Sophomore Dylan McLaughlin scored twice, extending his point streak to six games, while Matt Hoover and Jesse Pereira added tallies for the Griffs.
The Griffs had a 3-1 lead but AIC pulled within 3-2 midway through the third. Charles Williams made some key saves and Pereira’s goal with 2:12 left in the game to secure the win.
“I don’t want to take anything away from AIC, but we were loose and sloppy and didn’t defend hard enough in all three zones and AIC capitalized on that,” Canisius coach Dave Smith said. “They had us in our own zone for long stretches of time and that’s something we’re going to have to address. Fortunately, we were able to step up at key moments.”
The teams play again at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Mercyhurst tops Niagara
Niagara scored on the power play and got a late goal, but it wasn’t enough to get past host Mercyhurst in a 3-2 loss in Erie, Pa.
Vinny Muto scored a second-period power-play goal to tie the game, 1-1. It was the sixth straight game with a power play goal for the Purple Eagles (3-20-3 overall). The Lakers built a 3-1 lead before Nick Farmer scored with 1:44 left in the third.
Jackson Teichroeb, in his second straight start, recorded 24 saves.
The teams meet at 7 Saturday in Dwyer Arena.