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College hockey roundup: Niagara, RIT tie on late goal

After Niagara overcame a three-goal deficit to pull out a 4-3 win Friday night, Saturday was RIT’s turn to be the comeback kids.

The Purple Eagles (10-9-2, 9-4-2) squandered a 2-0 lead late in the third period and played a scoreless overtime to complete an Atlantic Hockey Conference series against the Tigers (8-8-2, 7-4-1) with a 2-2 tie. The draw gives NU 20 points, which ties it with rival Canisius atop the AHC standings.

Tanner Lomsnes scored his 13th goal of the season 1:55 into the second period to put Niagara up, 1-0. Assists went to Derian Plouffe and Noah Delmas, whose 21st assists leads all defensemen in the NCAA.

Niko Kovachis gave the Purple Eagles a 2-0 lead 1:41 into the third. RIT scored its first goal with 4:54 left in regulation. Niagara killed a minor penalty that expired with 2:08 to go but went on the penalty kill again with 18 seconds left.

Plouffe won the defensive-zone draw but the Tigers regained possession and scored with the goalie pulled on a point shot seven seconds later.

The Purple Eagles welcome Robert Morris to Dwyer Arena on Tuesday for a 7:05 p.m. AHC game before heading to Mercyhurst for a weekend series on Friday and Saturday.

Griffs fall to Saints

Canisius dropped its last nonconference game of the season, a 4-1 loss at St. Lawrence (4-14-2).

The Saints scored the game’s first three goals in the second period, the second of which came from Nichols School grad Carson Gicewicz on the power play.

Ryan Schmelzer put Canisius on the board 33 seconds into the third period, but the Saints regained their three-goal lead seven minutes later.

Canisius (10-8-2) resumes AHC play next weekend when it hosts American International Friday and Saturday at 7:35 p.m.

The Griffs are 10-4 so far in the league with series sweeps over Bentley, Army West Point and Niagara and splits against Robert Morris, Air Force, Sacred Heart and Mercyhurst.

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