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Canisius hockey drops Atlantic Hockey contest at Air Force

Canisius had a 3-1 lead after the first period, but Air Force rallied hard for a 7-4 win over the Golden Griffins in an Atlantic Hockey mathcup in Colorado.

Air Force scored just 22 seconds into the game, but Canisius responded with goals from Grant Meyer, Cameron Heath and Nick Hutchison to take a two-goal lead after 20 minutes. The Falcons had a three-goal second period to regain the lead, then added three more in the third. Hutchison scored his second of the game with 2:03 left.

Canisius fell to 15-14-2 overall, 15-10-0 in conference play. The Griffs were without two players as both captain Ryan Schmelzer and senior Jeff Murray were back in Buffalo with upper body injuries.

There was good news for Schmelzer as he was named one of 10 finalists for the NCAA’s Senior CLASS Award. The acronym stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School and focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their athletic platforms to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Schmelzer entered his senior season with a 3.47 grade-point average. He has worked for a variety of community organizations, including the Buffalo Bisons youth hockey program, the South Buffalo Community Table Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels of WNY, the Canisius Student-Athlete Advisory Council, and the Movember Foundation. Last season he was named Atlantic Hockey’s best defensive forward.

Fan voting (online at seniorclassaward.com) runs through March 26.

MAAC swimming medals

Canisius senior Rebecca Anthone (Clarence) took silver in the women’s 200 freestyle at the MAAC Swimming and Diving Championships at the Burt Flickinger Aquatic Center Friday night. Freshman Kelsey Childress won silver in the 400 indiviudal medley. On the men’s side for the Griffs, Dan Dirrigl (St. Joe’s) took silver in the 100 fly.

Niagara senior Julia Casolo won bronze in the women’s 100 fly.

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