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Colleges: Canisius hockey hosts nationally-ranked Air Force this weekend

The Golden Griffins hockey team wraps up their season-opening homestand with a two-game Atlantic Hockey Conference series against No. 18 Air Force at KeyBank Rink in HarborCenter. Opening faceoff Friday and Saturday is set for 7:35 p.m.

Canisius (1-1-1, 1-1 AHC) returns to league play after last week’s 3-3 tie against Colgate. The Griffs split their opening series with Robert Morris two weeks ago.

Dylan McLaughlin leads the team with six points (two goals, four assists), while Ryan Schmelzer (one goal, three assists) and Nick Hutchison (three goals, one assist) have recorded points in all three games.

This is the first league game for the Falcons (4-1-1), who are the defending Atlantic Hockey Conference Tournament champions.

Purple Eagles visit Sacred Heart

After a pair of nonleague games, Niagara hockey returns to Atlantic Hockey Conference play with a weekend series at Sacred Heart (2-3). Tonight’s game starts at 7:05 p.m. Saturday starts at 2:05 p.m.

The Purple Eagles (2-2, 1-0) won their second overtime game of the season and started 2-0 at home for the first time since 2007 following last Friday’s 4-3 win against RPI. They then lost to Union the following night, 5-1.

Johnny Curran (three goals, two assists) and Noah Delmas (one goal, four assists) share the team lead in points with five each.

Sacred Heart earned the first win by an Atlantic Hockey team over a ranked opponent this season by taking down No. 5 Notre Dame last Thursday, 6-4.

Bulls claim fifth seed

The UB women’s soccer team tied, 2-2, at Akron on Thursday in its regular season finale. The Bulls earned the No. 5 seed in the MAC Tournament and will visit No. 4 Bowling Green on Sunday for a quarterfinal matchup.

The Zips opened the scoring in the 29th minute, but UB senior Julia Benati tied it up with a minute left in the first half when she dribbled past the Akron defense and scored on a shot from the top of the box that hit the bottom of the cross bar and went into the back of the net.

After Akron regained the lead in the 52nd minute, Bulls freshman Gianna Yurchak evened the score again less than 30 seconds later on a left-footed shot to the lower right corner of the net.

Canisius volleyball upends Niagara

The Canisius women’s volleyball team avenged its loss at Niagara two weeks ago with a four-set home win over the Purple Eagles by set scores of 18-15, 28-26, 25-19 and 25-22.

Cassidy Ceriani had 46 assists and 12 digs, while Claire Leonard recorded 17 kills and Sara Wesley added 15 kills.

Niagara helping relief efforts

The Niagara University men’s basketball team will host an exhibition game against Robert Morris tonight at 7 p.m. at the Gallagher Center, with all net proceeds benefiting hurricane relief efforts.

The Niagara Athletic ticket office will be accepting donations at the game and over the phone. All proceeds will be donated to United Way Greater Niagara, who will then distribute to their agencies in the affected regions of Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico.

NU opens its regular season at St. Bonaventure on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m.

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