LEWISTON -- The unbeaten streak continues for Canisius as the Golden Griffins used an offensive outburst in the second period to secure a 5-2 win over Niagara in Dwyer Arena Friday night.
The win extended the Griffs' unbeaten streak to 14 games with an 11-0-3 mark over that stretch. It's the longest active unbeaten streak in NCAA Division I and the second longest this season. Denver had a 15-game unbeaten streak earlier this season.
The win also gives the Griffs the regular season series sweep, having won all four games against Niagara this season. Canisius has now won six straight against Niagara, the longest winning streak for either team in the series.
Felix Chamberland had two goals for Canisius for his fourth multi-point game of the season while Charles Williams recorded his 18th win of the season, tying Tony Capobianco for the program record for most wins in a season.
Canisius gains early lead: Canisius took a 1-0 lead at 6:02 of the first. David Parrottino took the initial shot and Dylan McLaughlin put in the rebound. Niagara tried to sweep the puck away before it crossed the goal line, but the official was at the net and called a good goal.
Goal called back: Canisius had a goal called back with 12:06 left in the first. Nick Hutchison caused a turnover, got the puck to Chamberland, who took the shot. Nick Hutchison picked up the rebound, just sitting in front of Niagara goaltender Guillaume Therien, but after a review the officials ruled the net was off and the goal was taken off the board.
Getting it back: Hutchison scored a goal that counted a few minutes later on the power play. He got the puck around the blue line while both teams were changing. He beat the Niagara defense into the zone and easily beat Therien for a 2-0 Canisius lead at 9:34 of the first.
Game misconduct: Canisius forward David Bennett was given a game misconduct and a five-minute penalty for elbowing at 11:50 of the first.
Niagara on the board: Niagara took advantage of that five-minute power play as Stephen Peitrobon beat Williams to cut the Griffs' lead to 2-1 at 15:30.
Goal called back II: The Purple Eagles thought they tied the game with 2:45 left in the first but officials waved it off.
Extending the lead: Canisius scored three goals in the first 6:37 of the second period to take a 5-1 lead. Chamberland scored twice, including once on the power play, and Casey Jerry tallied as the Griffs dominated the earl part of the period. The outburst of offense chased Niagara starter Therien, who was replaced by Jackson Teichroeb.
Game misconduct II: With 13:04 left in the second period Niagara forward T.J. Sarcona was given five minutes and a game misconduct for hitting from behind for his check on Griffs' defender Alex Jaeckle.
Penalty shot: With about nine minutes left in the second, Niagara's Stan Dzakhov was hauled down on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot. He deked, then shot right into the pads of Williams.
Pre-game recognition: Niagara athletic trainer Scott Mastrobattista dropped the ceremonial puck to celebrate his 500th game with Niagara hockey.
Scratches: Niagara had 10 players out of the lineup with injury Friday night: Larry Smith, Tyler Hayes, Derian Plouffe, Nick Farmer, Kris Spriggs, Ryan Kuhn, Tanner Lomsnes, Noah Delmas, Ben Sokay and Keegan Harper.
Canisius scratched Josh Kielich, Cody Boyd, Matt Stief, Blake Weyrick, Joshua Gabriel and Nolan Sheeran.
Up next: Niagara closes out the regular season with a home-and-home series with Robert Morris. The teams will play in Dwyer on Feb. 25 and then play at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Feb. 26.
Canisius closes out the regular season hosting Merychurst on Feb. 23 in HarborCenter at 7:05 p.m.