Lancaster native Dylan McLaughlin became the 12th player in the Division I era for Canisius College to reach the 100-point plateau.
But it wasn’t enough to help the Golden Griffins get past Air Force as the Falcons earned a 3-2 win in Colorado. The win gave Air Force the series sweep as Canisius has now lost its last three games, slipping to 15-11-0 in Atlantic Hockey and 15-15-2 overall.
McLaughlin opened the scoring Saturday, netting his 37th career goal at 5:56 of the first. But the lead didn’t last long. A minute later Air Force tied the game on a gaol from Jordan Himley.
The Falcons took a 3-1 lead in the second period. Brady Tomlak scored at 12:07 and Ben Kucera at 15:35 of the second.
McLaughlin collected his 101st point when he set up Nick Hutchison’s goal at 6:51 of the third to cut the Air Force lead to 3-2. It was the 64th assist of McLaughlin’s career while Hutchison notched his 15th goal of the season.
Daniel Urbani made 38 saves in his 27th start of the season for the Griffs.
The Griffs close out the regular season with a home-and-home series agianst Niagara.
The teams meet in HarborCenter at 7:35 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 then in Dwyer Arena at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Canisius swept Niagara in the December series between the teams, winning 4-2 and 8-2.
Niagara was off this week. The Purple Eagles head into the final regular season games with a 10-13-3 Atlantic Hockey record and an 11-18-3 overall mark.