Cani­sius routs AIC, Ni­a­gara falls on road

The Buffalo News - - HOCKEY -

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.

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