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Canisius falls to Bentley, Niagara loses to Sacred Heart

Canisius drew first blood but Bentley answered back and took control of the game en route to a 3-2 overtime win over the Griffs in Waltham, Mass.

Canisius has yet to defeat the Falcons this season. Bentley has not lost in its past 10 games, the nation’s longest such streak.

Matt Hoover and Austin Alger both netted goals for the Golden Griffins, who fall to 9-15-4 overall and 6-13-3 in Atlantic Hockey.

Alger also recorded an assist to lead the team with two points.

Dylan McLaughlin, the third-best scorer in the league, was held without a point.

Bentley improves to 13-11-3 overall and 12-7-2 in the conference. The Falcons had goals by Matt Riggleman, Brendan Walkom and Jonathan Desbiens with Desbiens’ the game-winner.

The game got off to a slow start in the first period as neither team could find the back of the net. The only action of note was a minor penalty assessed to Bentley for too many men on the ice.

The game opened up in the second period and both teams began to take more shots.

Canisius found the mark first on Hoover’s goal midway through the second stanza.

Bentley tied the game nine minutes into the third period on Riggleman’s goal and took the lead when Walkom got a shot past Griffs’ goalie Matt Ladd.

Canisius forced overtime when Alger scored late on a power play but couldn’t finish the Falcons off.

The teams will conclude their regular season series today at 4:05 p.m.

Sacred Heart tops Niagara

A late goal by Eric Cooley wasn’t enough to lift Niagara over Sacred Heart. The Purple Eagles fell to the Pioneers, 4-2, on Friday night.

Niagara (10-15-3, 9-10-3 AHA) also got a power-play goal by Ludwig Stenlund. The Eagles have lost their past three games while Sacred Heart (11-13-3, 10-9-2) has won its past four.

Sacred Heart’s freshman goalie Josh Benson proved to be solid in the first period. Atlantic Hockey’s Goalie of the Week stopped all seven shots on goal that Niagara sent his way.

Benson finished with 16 saves.

Stenlund opened the scoring on the man advantage after the Pioneers’ Austin Magera was sent to the box for hooking.

Ryan Steele evened the score nine minutes later on an unassisted goal that slipped past Eagles’ goalie Cole Weaver, who finished with 23 saves.

The game got out of hand for Niagara after that. Just a minute later, Zach De Concilys tallied his second goal of the season.

Sacred Heart put the game out of reach early in the third period on an Austin McIlmurray goal.

Cooley made the game 3-2 midway through the third, but an empty-netter from Jordan Kaplan sealed the Pioneers’ victory.

Niagara will try to avoid their fourth straight loss today when the series concludes at 4.

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