Canisius routs AIC, Niagara falls on road
Canisius wasted little time getting on the board against American International Saturday night at HarborCenter.
Grant Meyer of the Golden Griffins scored just 55 seconds into the game and sent his team on to a 6-1 victory over the Yellowjackets and a split of their two-game weekend series.
With the win, Canisius (11-9-2, 11-50) remained in a tie for first place with Holy Cross (8-4-6 AHA)in the Atlantic Hockey Association.
Nick Hutchison, who had an assist on Meyer’s goal, made it 2-0 at 9:55 of the first and Cameron Heath scored the first of his two goals in the game with 41 seconds left in the opening period.
Johno May’s tally for AIC made it 3-1 early in the third, but Heath scored with an assist from Ryan Schmelzer to make it 4-1 at 4:35. Meyer and Hutchison each added their second of the game later in the third.
Jimmy Mazza had a pair of assists for Canisius.
Griffs goalie Daniel Urbani had 32 saves.
Canisius has Atlantic Hockey games coming up at RIT on Friday and Saturday.
Mercyhurst 3, Niagara 2: Riley scored twice and his older brother Jack tallied once for Mercyhurst in a 3-2 victory good for a sweep of their two-game series with Niagara in the Mercyhurst Ice Arena in Erie, Pa.
The Riley brothers are the sons of Army hockey coach Brian Riley and the grandsons of U.S. Hockey and International Hockey Hall of Famer Jack Riley, who coached at West Point for 36 years before he was succeeded by first his son, Bob, and then Brian.
Justin Kendall gave Niagara the lead at 10:12 of the opening period, scoring his second of the season with assists from Eric Cooley and Derian Plouffe. Jack Riley tied it on the power play at 13:15.
Nick Farmer scored his seventh of the season for Niagara at 7:08 of the second with Zack Mills assisting. Brendan Riley tied it again with his first of the season at 9:46 and got the game-winner at 2:00 of the third.
Niagara outshot the Lakers 35-24 but could not get the equalizer against Mercyhurst goalie Brandon Wildung, who had 33 saves. Brian Wilson made 21 saves for Niagara.
Niagara is 10-12-2 overall and 9-72 in Atlantic Hockey and fell out of a first-place tie with Canisius and Holy Cross, which defeated Sacred Heart, 4-2. Niagara will play at Holy Cross Friday and Saturday.