Bowling Green’s Ryan Carpenter scored on the power play with 3:57 left to give the Falcons a 2-2 tie with Canisius (6-8-5) in their nonconference game before 738 at the Buffalo State Ice Arena.
Sophomore Keegan Asmundson of the Griffs made 33 saves in his second collegiate start while Ryan Bohrer and Matthew Grazen (East Amherst) scored for Canisius.
Amundson’s performance marked the 14th time in 19 games that the Griffs held an opponent under three goals. Canisius went into the game ranked fourth in the nation in scoring defense at 1.78, behind Miami (Ohio) at 1.55, Quinnipiac 1.58 and Notre Dame at 1.61.
Amundson got the start instead of regular goalie Tony Capobiano, who ranks eighth in the nation with his .941 save percentage and 10th with his 1.79 goal-against average.
Bohrer deflected a shot by teammate Ben Danford into the net after a Bowling Green turnover with 5 seconds left in opening period after Ben Murphy had given the Falcons the early lead, 1-0.
Canisius went in front when Grazen stole the puck from the Bowling Green defense and scored his fourth of the season with 18:30 left in the game.
It stayed that way until Carpenter tipped in a shot from the point by Bryce Williamson while Chris Barrea of the Griffs was in the penalty box for hooking.
Bowling Green (4-10-5) has a win and a tie against Niagara on its record.
The Falcons outshot the Griffs, 35-31. and Andrew Hammond, who shut out Niagara last week, made 29 saves .
“It was a back-and-forth game where both teams had moments when they dominated,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. “I liked our resiliency at times to get the game going our way. We now have another back-and-forth battle on our hands [today] and I know we’ll be ready for it and hopefully come out with two points.”
The teams will wrap up their two-game series at Buffalo State today at 12:05 p.m.
Later at the Sports Arena, Kevin Carr made 46 saves and Nick Melligan (Niagara-Wheatfield) had a goal and an assist as Buffalo State (6-7-2) skated to a 2-2 tie with St. Anselm in a nonconference game.
Nelligan’s seventh goal of the season gave the Bengals a 2-1 lead with 8:32 left in the game, but the visiting Hawks from Manchester, N.H. tied it.
Trevor McKinney also scored on the power play for Buffalo State, his eighth of the season.