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