Ni­a­gara hockey ral­lies to knock off Holy Cross, 6-3

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Kris Spriggs scored two goals Fri­day night to lead Ni­a­gara to a 6-3 home hockey vic­tory Holy Cross.

In the first of two home week­end matchups, Ni­a­gara pulled far ahead af­ter start­ing the game down 2-0.

With the Cru­saders scor­ing on a goal from Mitch Col­lett with ssists by Johnny Cough­lin and An­thony Vin­cent at 10:52 into the first, and a Char­lie Bar­row goal off a pass from Peter Crinella 1:30 later, the Pur­ple Ea­gles played catch-up.

Af­ter killing an in­ter­fer­ence penalty late in the first pe­riod, Ni­a­gara for­ward Kris Spriggs scored with 58 sec­onds re­main­ing in the pe­riod to get the Pur­ple Ea­gles on the board. The as­sists were cred­ited to Ben Sokay and Noah Del­mas.

About five min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod, Ni­a­gara cap­i­tal­ized on a Cru­saders board­ing penalty and tied the game 2-2 with a power-play goal by de­fense­man Jared Brandt from Stephen Kley­sen and Lud­wig Sten­lund.

The Pur­ple Ea­gles took their first lead with an­other goal by Spriggs, with as­sists from Johnny Cur­ran and Del­mas, mid­way through the sec­ond.

Del­mas then net­ted a goal near­ing the end of the pe­riod to ex­tend the Pur­ple Ea­gles’ lead to 4-2. The goal came on a play set up by Justin Ken­dall and Chris Harpur.

Two min­utes later, de­fense­man Jon Hill scored for a 5-2 lead.

A bit of hope for the Cru­saders came just 30 sec­onds later, as Spencer Trapp net­ted his first of the sea­son, as­sisted by Michael Laf­fin and Vin­cent, con­clud­ing the scor­ing for the sec­ond pe­riod with the Pur­ple Ea­gles lead­ing 5-3.

The third pe­riod was quiet in terms of scor­ing, but Ni­a­gara man­aged to hit the back of the net one last time on a Cur­ran goal, with an as­sist from Nick Farmer.

The Pur­ple Ea­gles dom­i­nated ev­ery sta­tis­ti­cal cat­e­gory, in­clud­ing shots (49-42), shots on goal (35-23), penal­ties (5-7), face­off wins (42-41) and blocked shots (13-5).

Ni­a­gara and Holy Cross will face off again tonight at 7 at Dwyer Arena.

At 7:35, the puck will drop at Har­bor Cen­ter as well, as Cani­sius takes on Clark­son to close a three­game home­s­tand. The Griffs are com­ing off a split se­ries against AIC last week and will travel to Rochester to com­pete against RIT on Tues­day.

Cani­sius women fall

Cani­sius’ women’s bas­ket­ball team dropped its sea­son opener to the Mi­ami (Ohio) RedHawks, 62-59.

The Griffins put up 23 points in the first quar­ter and 16 more in the sec­ond to take a 39-26 half­time lead, but they failed to match their first-half suc­cess af­ter the break.

The Griffs were outscored 36-20 in the sec­ond half.

Cani­sius sopho­more for­ward Danielle San­der­lin fin­ished the game with 12 points and 11 re­bounds.

Ni­a­gara downed

Ni­a­gara’s women lost to Iowa State 95-35.

With just 12 points in the first half to the Car­di­nals’ 49, the Pur­ple Ea­gles showed re­siliency in the third quar­ter, dou­bling their score to make it 60-24. They added an­other 11 be­fore the game ended.

The Pur­ple Ea­gles will play Buf­falo Wed­nes­day at UB and re­turn home Dec. 1 to play Howard Univer­sity.

Ge­or­gia tops Bon­nies

Sim­i­lar to their Divi­sion I coun­ter­parts, the Bon­nies women’s bas­ket­ball team fell to the No. 14/13 Ge­or­gia Bull­dogs, 67-40.

The Bull­dogs out re­bounded the Bon­nies, 53-37, and af­ter tak­ing a 21-10 lead af­ter the first 10 min­utes of play, did not let up.

The Bon­nies will re­turn to the Reilly Cen­ter for their reg­u­lar sea­son home opener against Cani­sius.

North­west­ern at No. 21 Iowa (6-3),

3:30 p.m.

Bay­lor at No. 22 Iowa State (5-3), 3:30 p.m. No. 24 Auburn (6-3) at No. 5 Ge­or­gia (8-1) ,7p.m. Florida State at No. 3 Notre Dame (9-0),

7:30 p.m.

Lo­cally Sat­ur­day Buf falo State at St. John Fisher, 1 p.m.:

The Ben­gals (1-8, 1-5 Empire 8) will close out their sea­son in Rochester this week. They have been blown out in the last five, be­ing outscored 231-38 by Al­fred, Cort­land, Brock­port, Mor­risville State and Utica.

ECC vs. Nas­sau CC, noon:

Af­ter hav­ing their home fi­nale re­lo­cated to All-High Sta­dium due to poor field con­di­tions, The Kats (6-3), will fin­ish their reg­u­lar sea­son at the neu­tral lo­ca­tion.

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