The Canisius College hockey team is downright hot these days.
The Golden Griffins picked up their fifth straight victory, a 6-1 romp over American International on Saturday in Springfield Mass. Canisius also is unbeaten in its last seven starts.
It was a great road trip for Canisius (13-10-5, 12-4-4 Atlantic Hockey), which also picked up a win against AIC on Friday.
This win was more or less wrapped up relatively quickly by the Griffins, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the first period was even over. Jeff Murray, Alex Jaeckle and Dylan McLaughlin all scored.
Felix Chamberland padded the margin with a score early in the second period. Austin Orszulak got one of those back for the Yellow Jackets early in the second period, but Jimmy Mazza got that back for Canisius a few minutes later with the team’s second power-play goal of the game.
Ryan Schmelzer wrapped up the scoring with his 10th of the season. He and McLaughlin added two assists.
“I really liked our game,” coach Dave Smith said. “I thought we played exceptionally well. The first period really set the tempo for the game. Our power play was good, we took only one penalty, our goaltending was strong.”
The Golden Griffins will stay close to home this week. They will play at Niagara on Tuesday night, and then host Army West Point on Friday and Saturday.
Meanwhile, Niagara dropped its second straight decision to Mercyhurst. The Purple Eagles fell, 4-0, at Dwyer Arena.
It was the fifth straight loss for Niagara, which fell to 3-21-3, 3-15-2 in Atlantic Hockey. Mercyhurst improved to 10-13-3, 9-9-3 Atlantic Hockey.
The Purple Eagles couldn’t generate enough offense to make the game close. They were outshot, 40-26, and couldn’t connect on four power-play opportunities. The Lakers were 2 for 8 with the extra man.
Mercyhurt got all of the scoring it needed in the first period. Jonathan Charbonneau put the Lakers ahead at 13:12, and Taylor Best added a power-play score only 12 seconds before the end of the period.
Stephen Hrehoriak made it a 3-0 game at 15:09 of the second period. Les Lancaster finished the scoring with a goal at 10:08 of the third period.
After playing Canisius, Niagara gets a week off. The Purple Eagles will get their chance at playing Army West Point on Feb. 10 and 11, with the game played on Army’s home rink. Niagara then plays at Canisius on Feb. 15.