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College Power 10: Canisius goalie leads nation in save percentage

Goaltender Charles Williams leads the nation in save percentage and has the Canisius College hockey team on a roll with three weeks to go in the Griffs’ regular season.

Canisius, on a seven-game unbeaten streak entering Tuesday’s game at Niagara, leads this week’s College Power 10:

1. Canisius hockey. Williams, the graduate-school transfer from Ferris State, improved his record to 13-6-3 as the Griffs swept two games from American International in Springfield, Mass. The Canton, Mich., native has a save percentage of .946. He has faced the third-most shots of any goalie in the nation and stands second in the nation in goals-against average at 1.87.

Canisius, picked for ninth in the 11-team Atlantic Hockey Conference, stands tied for first with Air Force at 28 points. The Griffs (12-4-4 in conference) have eight regular-season games to go, five of which are against the bottom two teams in the conference. The Griffs have a big weekend series Friday and Saturday against fourth-place Army at HarborCenter. The Griffs lost twice to Army in November.

Quality penalty killing has been another Griff strength. Canisius ranked last in the AHC in penalty killing last season but stands third this year (and ninth in the nation), killing off 86 percent of extra-man chances.

2. Canisius’ Erica Evans. The Griffs’ star lacrosse player was among 18 players named to the Canadian national team that will compete in the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in England July 12-22.

Evans, a junior from Peterborough, Ont., ranked third in the nation in goals last year with 72. Canisius coach Scott Teeter will coach Team Canada. Also making the Canadian team were goalie Allison Daley, a 2011 Canisius graduate, and current Canisius assistant coach Kaylin Morissette, a 2016 Louisville graduate. The Griffs opened their season Monday with a hard-fought 9-7 loss at ninth-ranked Northwestern. Evans had two goals along with Jen Reininger and Jourdan Roemer.

3. UB men’s swimming. The Bulls snapped Eastern Michigan’s Mid-American Conference dual-meet win streak at 72 with a 161-139 victory Saturday. It was the first-ever UB win over Eastern Michigan, which has won two straight MAC titles and 33 overall. Eastern’s win streak dated to the 1997-98 season.

4. Niagara CCC basketball. The men’s team (17-2), ranked No. 7 among Division II junior colleges, won its 14th straight with a rout of Mercyhurst North East. The NCCC women (19-2), ranked No. 19, won their fifth straight, beating Roberts Wesleyan’s JV.

5. Daemen men’s basketball. The Wildcats rallied from 11 down with 13 minutes to go to win their fourth straight, 82-72, over Mercy. Daemen is 14-6 overall and tied for third in the East Coast Conference at 8-4. The Wildcats have a big home game at 8 p.m. Thursday against second-place Bridgeport (7-3).

6. Medaille women’s basketball. The Mavericks have won eight straight to move into a tie for second at 8-4 in the Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference. Leading Medaille are Kelli McCauley (17.9 ppg), Clymer’s Dani Reinwald (16.5) and MarceAnn Dunning (16.4). Medaille has a men’s and women’s home double-header starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Penn State Behrend, which is right behind the Mavericks in both the men’s and women’s standing.

7. Medaille’s Johnathan Belton. The Mavericks’ men’s basketball player and Amherst High product had nine steals in a win over Penn State Altoona and now is tied for the national lead in steals in Division III with 63. Medaille is tied for first in the AMCC at 10-2 and is 13-6 overall.

8. UB wrestling. The Bulls improved to 8-4 in dual matches with a 32-3 rout of Hofstra. UB has won six of its last seven duals.

9. Buffalo State men’s hockey. The Bengals rank 10th in the nation in the latest poll after a 1-1 week that included a loss to Plattsburgh and a rout of Potsdam. The Bengals (14-4-1, 6-3-1) stand third in conference, behind Oswego and Geneseo.

10. Fredonia State women’s basketball. A four-point play in overtime by senior guard Alexis Cheatham (Lockport) carried the Blue Devils to a 73-70 win over Brockport last week. Cheatham had 19 points vs. Brockport and 21 in a win over Buffalo State. Fredonia (14-5, 9-4) stands third in conference.


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