Stephen Miller and Matthew Grazen scored goals within a span of 31 seconds in the third period to give Canisius the lead and Preston Shupe added an empty-net tally in the final minute as Canisius (9-11-5, 8-6-2 AHA) defeated Mercyhurst, 4-2, in an Atlantic Hockey Association men’s game Saturday at the Buffalo State Arena.
A power-play goal by Ralph Cuddemi at 16:35 of the second period pulled the Griffs into a 1-1 tie, but Ryan Misiak put the Lakers back in front with 1:56 left in that period.
Miller struck with assists from Doug Jessey and Mitch McCrank at 13:14 of the third period and Grazen scored with an assist by Duncan McKellar at 13:45. Torrey Lindsay and McCrank helped on Shupe’s goal.
Tony Capobianco made 29 saves in goal for Canisius. Max Strang made 25 stops for Mercyhurst (11-10-1, 9-6-0).
INDOOR TRACK: The University at Buffalo men’s and women’s teams won eight events at the SPIRE Midwest Open in Geneva, Ohio. Brooklynn Ventura won the women’s 60-meter hurdles in 8.53 seconds, just missing her school record by a hundredth of a second. Meghan Manley turned in a season-best mark of 2:12.68 in the 800. In the 3,000, Kara Patrick won in 10:05.75, In the 5,000, Chrissy Clarkin won in 18:15.74. Shante’ White won the weight throw (63-6) and Erin Miller won the shot put (45-10). For the men, Ryan Billian won the 60 hurdles in 7.998. Austin Ashby won the triple jump (45-2.25), adding more than three feet to his top mark.
TENNIS: Damien David of UB scored a three-set victory over Max Vogt as the Bulls (2-0) defeated Bryant, 6-1, at Turning Stone Resort in Verona. Meanwhile, Tanvi Shah and Miranda Podlas scored singles victories and won their doubles match as UB’s women edged Pittsburgh, 4-3, at the Miller Tennis Center.
BASKETBALL: Jake Simmons hit 10 of 13 shots from the floor, adding to his school scoring record with 30 points for Buffalo State (11-6, 6-5 SUNYAC) in an 83-57 rout of visiting Potsdam (7-11, 3-8) at the Sports Arena. ... Bianca Smiley (Sweet Home) had 24 points as the Buffalo State women (10-8, 6-5) defeated Potsdam (1-17, 0-11), 68-49.