Canisius scored twice in a span of 1 minute, 46 seconds of the third period and went on to a 3-2 victory over Army at West Point and sweep their two-game Atlantic Hockey Conference series from the Black Knights.
By winning the Golden Griffins (8-4-0) took over first place in the conference with 16 points. They were tied with Army at 14 points after the Griffs' 4-3 win in overtime on Friday in the opener of the two-game series.
Niagara (7-5-1, 6-2-1 AHC) missed an opportunity to move ahead of Army into second place by losing, 4-1, to American International (5-9-2, 4-6-2 AHC) at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Mass. It was a one-goal difference before Jared Pike of the Yellowjackets scored a pair of empty-net goals in the last 1:28.
In the Canisius victory, Matt Hoover scored his fourth goal of the season to snap a 1-1 tie at 10:10 of the third. Jesse Pereira assisted. Senior Ryan Schmelzer made it 3-1 with his power-play goal at 11:46 with Nick Hutchison and Dylan McLaughlin drawing the assists.
With an extra skater on, Army scored its second goal with 23 seconds left when Trevor Fidler tallied.
Canisius scored first when senior Mike Sabatini tallied with 1:24 left in the opening period. Army evened it with a power-play goal by Zach Evancho at 4:40 of the second.
Daniel Urbani made 27 saves in goal for Canisius. Cole Bruns was called on for 29 stops in goal for Army.
A short-handed goal by Brennan Kapcheck of AIC eventually led to Niagara's undoing. It tied the game at 1-1 at 10:28 of the second period. Tanner Lomsnes had given Niagara the lead with his power-play goal at 8:31 of the first period. Derian Plouffe and James Roll assisted on Lomnes' goal.
It stayed 1-1 until Shawn McBride scored for AIC at 12:42 of the third.
Niagara was outshot, 27-20. Purple Eagles goalie Brian Wilson stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Niagara (2-2) got 51 points combined from guards Matt Scott and Kahlil Dukes but it wasn't enough Saturday night in a 95-90 loss to Texas-Arlington (4-1) at the Gallagher Center. The game was part of the Barclays Classic.
Niagara had a 15-5 lead early and was on top 50-46 after a fast-paced first half but they couldn't match the scoring of UTA's 6-9 senior Kevin Hervey, who had 27 points, and Kaelon Wilson, who had 22. Hervey also had 10 rebounds as did 7-footer Johnny Hamilton.
UTA took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Hervey with 4:30 left. Niagara had one last chance to tie the game, but Scott missed a three-point attempt with 14 seconds, Hervey rebounded then made his two free throws for the five-point final margin.
Scott had 26 points, including 13 of 15 at the free-throw line. Dukes had 25 points on 8 for 19 shooting from the floor and 5 of 6 at the line.
Canisius (2-3) faced winless Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-7) in the second of its three games in the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase at the Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif. The game ended too late for this edition.
On Friday, Canisius outlasted Texas State (2-3), 68-62, in Stockton. The Griffs won it by shooting 68.2 percent in the second half (15 of 22) and scoring 26 points in the game off Bobcats turnovers. It was the first time Canisius won a game in the state of California.
Sophomore Isaiah Reese and senior forward Jermaine Crumpton led Canisius with 16 and 14 points respectively. Reese had 14 of his points in the second half when he made all five of his field goal attempts after going 1 for 5 (0 for 4 on threes) in the first half. The Griffs were helped by 21 points off the bench. Nonstarters Selvedin Planincic (10), Spencer Foley (7) and freshman Scott Hitchon (4) accounted for the scoring by the nonstarters.
Canisius led, 25-24, at the half and by as many as 10 with 4:53 to go in the game.
"I was concerned at halftime because we had taken 28 shots, and 15 of those were from three," Canisius coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "In the second half, we focused on running offense and getting the ball to the basket. That ended up being the difference for us."
Nijal Pearson was high scorer for Texas State with 18 points
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Mckenna Maycock (Randolph) continued her recent torrid scoring with 23 points in St. Bonaventure's 63-54 win over Maryland-Baltimore County in the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md. It was a career-high for Maycock, who has scored 20 or more in three of her last four games after not reaching 20 in any of the 55 games she previously played for the Bonnies. She is averaging 20.0 points and 8.3 rebounds the last four games.
Bona senior Mariah Ruff became the 22nd member of the Bona women's 1,000 point club. She had five points in the victory, giving her 1,004 for her career. Danielle Migliore had 11 points for the winners, who outrebounded the Retrievers, 50-32, with Maycock collecting 12 off the boards.
It was the third straight win for the Bonnies (4-2), who will face the host Middies in the championship game Sunday at 1 p.m. Navy defeated North Dakota State, 67-54, on Saturday.
The Bonnies led 30-29 at the half but trailed by five late in the third quarter before they closed the deficit to 45-44 on a three from the corner by Maycock. Bona outscored UMBC 19-9 in the fourth quarter. Maycock made 4 of 7 three-pointers, including the final basket of the game.
Niagara's women fell to Louisiana-Lafayette, 68-52, in their first game of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas, Nev.
Victoria Rampado led the Purple Eagles with 19 points and 13 rebounds, the senior's second double-double of the season. Kharysma Bryant had a career-highs with 15 points and four assists for Niagara, which will meet Louisiana Tech at 2 p.m. today in the South Point Arena.