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Canisius hockey makes it 10 games without a loss

Canisius had a seven-game winning streak end on Saturday. Still, a 10-game unbeaten streak is a very good run.

The Golden Griffins moved to 8-0-2 in their last 10 games by earning a tie with Army West Point, 2-2, at Harbor Center. Canisius moved to 15-10-6 overall and 14-4-5 in Atlantic Hockey play. The 10-game streak is the longest in the nation.

The tie gave Canisius three points out of four in its weekend series with the Black Knights, as the Griffins took the opener of the back-to-back matchup by a 4-0 score on Friday night. They remained on top of the conference standings with the win.

It was an uphill struggle for the Griffins throughout much of the contest. Army scored the first goal of the game. Alex Wilkinson did the honors with 15:35 gone in the first period.

With only 37 seconds gone in the second period, Dominic Franco made it a 2-0 lead for the Black Knights with his eighth goal of the season. It stayed that way for about 19 minutes. Then Dylan McLaughlin (Lancaster) got Canisius on the scoreboard with only 25 seconds left in the period with a power-play tally.

It took 4 minutes and 35 seconds in the third period for the Griffins to tie the game. Jeff Murray scored a short-handed goal to make it 2-2. It was his third of the season. Cameron Heath slipped Murray a pass on the back door, and Murray made sure that his shot found the net.

The score stayed that way through the end of regulation time and through five minutes of overtime.

“It was another physical game and it was a different game than last night in the way it was called as they let a lot of stuff go,” Canisius coach Dave Smith said. “Both teams played very hard. Great comeback by our guys.

“Every night is a grind in Atlantic Hockey and this weekend was no exception. Army is a good team. Our guys were prepared; I thought our guys played well.”

It’s back on the road for the Golden Griffins next week. They play at Sacred Heart in Bridgeport, Conn., on Friday night and on Saturday afternoon. Then it’s back home to play Niagara at home on Feb. 15.

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