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College Power 10: Golden Griff icers unbeaten for six weeks

The Canisius College hockey team extended the longest active winning streak in the nation to 14 games with two wins over Niagara last week. The Griffs lead this week’s College Power 10.

1. Canisius hockey. The Griffs now are one win shy of the longest win streak in the nation this season. No. 1-ranked Denver went 15 games without a loss earlier this season.

The Griffs stand first in the Atlantic Hockey Conference at 17-4-6 and will finish either first or second in the standing. Canisius has 40 points with one regular-season game left, at 7 p.m. Thursday against fifth-place Mercyhurst at HarborCenter. The first 500 fans get a Cory Conacher bobblehead. Air Force (18-5-3) is second with 39 points and has two games left, both against ninth-place Sacred Heart. Air Force is ranked 17th in the latest U.S. College Hockey Online poll. Canisius got 16 votes (24th most) and stands 26th in the Ratings Percentage Index. The Griffs have not lost since Jan. 7.

2. UB men’s basketball. The Bulls are on a six-game winning streak entering Tuesday’s 7 p.m. game against Kent State at Alumni Arena. The Bulls have four games to go in the regular season.

3. St. Bona’s Jaylen Adams. The junior point guard scored 35 points in Bona’s 76-72 loss at Dayton. That pushed Adams’ season average to 21.6 points a game, tied for 11th in the nation. Adams ranks ninth in the nation in assists per game at 6.6.

4. Buffalo State’s Connor Mergler. The junior from Williamsville North was named Swimmer of the Meet for the second straight year at the State University of New York Athletic Conference championships at the Burt Flickinger Aquatic Center. Mergler won both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle for the third straight year and took the 200 free for a second straight year. Mergler will compete at the NCAA Division III championships in Texas March 15-18. At last year’s nationals, he placed fourth in the 100, sixth in the 50 and 16th in the 200.

5. Erie CC hockey. The Kats finished their regular season with an 11-1 win over the University of Rochester and a 7-6 win over Cortland State’s club team. Erie’s next stop is the National Junior College Athletic Association Final Four in Binghamton. Erie CC placed second last year to Dakota College at Bottineau (N.D.). The Final Four is a round-robin event. Erie (19-4-1) is the No. 2 seed. The Kats will play No. 3 Hudson Valley (12-10-2) on Feb. 24, No. 4 seed Mohawk Valley (10-11-1) on Feb. 25 and No. 1 seed Dakota (23-3-2) on Feb. 26. Erie this season went 2-1-1 vs. Hudson Valley and 4-0 vs. Mohawk Valley. The NJCAA has only five hockey programs. The NJCAA announced this will be the last year it hosts a hockey championship because its bylaws require a minimum of eight teams in competition.

6. Medaille men’s basketball. The Mavericks closed the regular season with two wins to finish first in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Medaille (19-6, 16-2) earned a bye to the AMCC semifinals, to be held Saturday in Pittsburgh. Senior guard Johnathan Belton (Amherst) ranked third in the AMCC in scoring (18.4), second in three-point percentage (46.8) and third in assists (4.0). Medaille finished second in scoring and allowed the second fewest points in the conference.

7. St. Bona’s Michael White. The senior swimmer won three events at the Atlantic 10 championship meet. He took the 200 butterfly (1:47.70), the 200 intermediate medley (1:47.30) and the 400 IM (3:52.18).

8. Hilbert’s Jalen Smith. The 6-1 junior guard from Batavia pushed his career total to 1,113 points as Hilbert closed its regular season as the No. 5 seed in the AMCC. Smith ranked second in the AMCC in scoring (20.0), first in three-pointers per game (3.1) and fifth in assists (3.7).

9. Buffalo State women’s hockey. The Bengals closed their regular season with a 3-3 tie with Plattsburgh, the No. 1-ranked Division III team in the nation. The Bengals (16-7-2) earned the No. 3 seed for the ECAC West playoffs and meet No. 6 seed Potsdam at home at 7 p.m. Thursday. Justine Silva made 39 saves in the tie, while Christine Harris, Bri Carroll and Natasha Steinle scored the goals.

10. Niagara CCC basketball. The Thunderwolves men, ranked 18th in the nation, stand 21-5. The women are 24-4 with one game to go in the regular season. Both teams defeated Jamestown CC and Erie CC last week.

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