Rocky Gruttadauria scored short-handed and Carsen Chubak was called on for only 24 saves as No. 15 Niagara got back in the win column with a 4-1 victory over Holy Cross in an Atlantic Hockey Association game in the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. The Purple Eagles had suffered their first AHA loss to the Crusaders, 5-3, on Friday night.
Gruttadauria’s goal, his second of the season, at 7:12 of the second proved to be the game winner as it gave Niagara a 2-0 lead. Patrick Divjak had gotten NU (14-4-4, 13-1-1) out in front with his fourth of the season at 13:22 of the first period.
Marc Zannette pushed the Niagara lead to 3-1 only 15 seconds into the third period. Dan Weiss scored into an empty net.
Holy Cross goalie Matt Ginn made 36 saves as Niagara had a 40-25 shots advantage.
“That’s the best we’ve played in regards to energy and execution,” Niagara coach David Burkholder said.
In Waltham, Mass., Bentley (10-10-1, 8-6-1 AHA) defeated Canisius, 7-2, to sweep the two-game series against the Griffs. Bentley broke a 2-2 tie on a goal by Andrew Gladiuk at 14:12 of the second period then scored four unanswered tallies in the third. The Griffs fell to 8-11-5, 7-6-2 in Atlantic Hockey.
Canisius never led, but twice knotted the score, first on a goal by Patrick Sullivan in the first and then on a tally by Cody Freeman in the second. The Griffs outshot the home team, 37-35. Tony Capobianco of Canisius stopped 21 of the 27 shots he faced. Keegan Asmundson turned back 7 of 8 shots.
MEN’S BASKETBALL: Jake Simmons finished one point shy of matching his career best, netting 42 points to lead Buffalo State (9-5, 4-4 SUNYAC) to an 87-85 victory over visiting Fredonia (5-9, 1-7 SUNYAC) at the Bengals Sports Arena. Simmons finished 14 of 19 from the field, including 7 of 9 from three-point range.
SWIMMING: The Canisius men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams secured a second straight sweep of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival Niagara at the Oxy Aquatic Center. The Golden Griffin men defeated the host Purple Eagles, 168.5-72.5. The Griff women won, 147-96.
The Golden Griffin women secured nine first-places, including a top finish in the 400-yard medley relay with Clare Battaglia, Alex Doody, Alicia Wheeler and Kelli Graber (4:07.45). Junior Anna Schena of the Griffs won the 1,000 freestyle (10:58.88) and 200-yard butterfly (2:15.11).
Spencer Bray won the 200 free in 1:46.98 and Tyler Carver won the 200 breaststroke in 2:13.15 for the Canisius men.
INDOOR TRACK: The University at Buffalo’s men’s and women’s teams each turned in second-place finishes behind host Cornell at the Upstate Challenge at Barton Hall in Ithaca. The UB men totaled 116 points to Cornell’s 211.50 while the UB women earned 103 points to Cornell’s 216 in the seven-team meets.
The UB men set two school records. Miles Lewis broke the UB men’s record in winning the 60-meters in 6.76 seconds. Chris Reape broke Peter Bligh’s 2011 record in the high jump, clearing 6-11.40 to finish second.
Shante’ White led the Bulls to the top three spots in the women’s weight throw with a season-best mark of 60-6. Malayah White won the women’s 60 meters in 7.68 seconds and was third in the 200 meters in 25.24. Donna Jeanty won the women’s 500 in 1:14.49.