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College hockey: Niagara nabs a win at home while Canisius struggles on the road

On Friday, Niagara couldn’t hold on to its lead against Bentley in an Atlantic Hockey matchup, settling for a tie.

Saturday, the Purple Eagles showed resiliency to earn a 4-3 win and earn three out of four points against the Falcons in Dwyer Arena.

Niagara and Bentley traded goals in the first period, as the Purple Eagles struck first with Tanner Lomsnes scoring on the power play.

The Falcons took a 2-1 lead scoring 3:37 into the second period, but Lomsnes scored his sixth goal in his last four games to tie the game. Sean King’s tally with 35 seconds left in the period put Niagara up, 3-2.

But Bentley came back again, tying the game 2:35 into the third. It was Derian Plouffe who broke the tie, responding just one minute and 11 seconds later.

Noah Delmas had two assists to extned his season-opening point streak to eight games.

Brian Wilson made 23 saves as Niagara improved to 5-2-1 overall and 4-0-1 in Atlantic Hockey.

Meanwhile, Canisius started its series against Sacred Heart Saturday afternoon with a 6-2 loss to the Pioneers in Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday afternoon.

Sacred Heart opened the scoring at 11:42 of the first but the Griffs tied the game on the power play just less than four minutes later. Felix Chamberland tallied with assists from Ryan Schmelzer and Jimmy Mazza.

Canisius then took a 2-1 lead just 1:03 into the second on a goal from Nick Hutchison with an assist from Jeff Murray.

But Sacred Heart went on to score four times in the second, once on the power play, to take a 5-2 lead. The Pioneers added another goal just 15 seconds into the third.

Daniel Urbani took the loss, allowing all six goals in 40:15 of play. Simon Hofley relieved him in the third period, making four stops.

“I think we learned today that smooth seas never made a skilled sailor,” Canisius coach Trevor Large said. “What I mean by that is that in every game there is adversity. Our adversity was obvious today.

“We’re a veteran team, so I know what our guys are going to do.  We’re going to evaluate today’s game; we’re going to learn from it and we’ll be better tomorrow. That’s where our focus is currently.”

The Griffs fell to 2-3-1 overall and 2-3-0 in Atlantic Hockey. Sacred Heart picked up its first Atlantic Hockey win of the season to improve to 1-2-0 in league play and 3-5-0 overall.

The teams meet again at 2:05 p.m. Sunday in Bridgeport, Conn.

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