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Canisius, Niagara end up getting swept in weekend hockey

Canisius and Niagara each lost on Saturday to be on the wrong end of weekend sweeps in the Atlantic Hockey Association.

A Canisius penalty led to a late-game power lay goal by Bentley's Jakov Novak, finishing off a 6-4 victory over the Golden Griffins at Bentley Arena in Waltham, Mass.

Novak's goal with 1:31 cut short a Canisius comeback from a 5-1 deficit to 5-4 with 11:37 left in the game.

Matt Long scored at 7:35 of the opening period to tie the game for Canisius, but the Falcons struck for four unanswered goals.

Goals by David Baskerville at 9:06 of the second and by Alger Austin and J.D. Pope in the third got the Griffs back into it.

It was the sixth straight (0-5-1) game without win for Canisius (9-17-3, 6-15-2 AHA). Bentley (14-11-3, 12-7-2 AHA) extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games, longest in the nation.

Canisius was outshot, 33-18. Matt Ladd started in goal or Canisius and gave up four goals in 25:02. Blake Weyrick took over and allowed two goals in 33:59. Aidan Pelino had 14 saves for Bentley.

Niagara (10-16-3, 9-11-3 AHA) twice build two-goal leads on three power-play goals, but Sacred Heart rallied for five unanswered goals in the last 35:57 to defeat the Purple Eagles, 6-3, at Dwyer Arena in Lewiston. It was the fifth win in a row for the Pioneers (12-13-2, 11-9-2 AHA).

Ludwig Stenlund and Luke Edgerton scored in the first period for Niagara for a 2-0 lead. Justin Kendall made it 3-1 just 45 seconds into the second before the Purple Eagles' defense fell apart. Two goals by Austin McIlmurray, a shorthanded tally by Jason Cotton, an even-strength score by Austin Magera and finally a shorthanded tally by Nick Boyagian finished the Purple Eagles, who were outshot 34-18 and had only 10 shots on net the last two periods.

Stenlund, a freshman, extended his Niagara goal streak to eight games with his goal at 8:02 of the opening period.

Brian Wilson made 28 saves for Niagara. Josh Benson had 15 for Sacred Heart.

Canisius will play at Air Force in Colorado on Friday and Saturday before a home-and-home series with Niagara the following weekend.
Niagara will take on the streaking Bentley team on Thursday and Friday at Dwyer Arena.

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