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College hockey: Canisius beats Bentley, Buffalo State bests Fredonia

Canisius men’s hockey hung on to defeat Bentley, 3-2, in the first outing of a two-game series in Waltham, Mass.

Cameron Heath scored the eventual game-winning goal 48 seconds into the third period.

The Golden Griffins (13-10-2, 12-6-0 Atlantic Hockey) are back on track after a five-game winless streak that stretched from Dec. 30 to Jan. 12. Canisius has won three of its last four.

Canisius got out to a 1-0 lead in the first period, as defenseman Jack Stander scored his third goal of the season to finish off a rush.

Jimmy Mazza doubled the lead in the second with a shot from the point, but Bentley responded with a goal from Luke Santerno midway through the period.

Heath scored on a back-door shot to give Canisius a 3-1 lead in the third. Bentley responded again. Falcons forward Matt Sieckhaus scored four and a half minutes into the third, but Bentley was never able to get an equalizer past Canisius goalie Daniel Urbani.

The Griffs and Falcons play the second game of the series Saturday at 4:05 p.m.

Buffalo State 6, Fredonia 5: Buffalo State men’s hockey, ranked No. 14 in both the and national polls, survived a comeback attempt to defeat Fredonia, 6-5.

Nine Bengals found the score sheet, with Vadim Vasjonkin and Zach Remers each netting a goal and an assist.

The Bengals started the scoring early, getting an unassisted goal from Vasjonkin a minute and 50 seconds into the game. The Blue Devils responded less than two minutes later with a goal from Sam Wilbur, but Buffalo State scored three straight to end the first period.

Fredonia mounted a comeback after going down 6-2 in the second but weren’t able to score with the goalie pulled late.

Buffalo State and Fredonia play again Saturday in the second game of the home-and-home series. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. at Steele Hall Ice Arena.

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