Mercyhurst scored the final four goals of the game to defeat Canisius, 5-2, in an Atlantic Hockey Association contest at Mercyhurst Ice Arena in Erie, Pa.

The Golden Griffins (9-12-5, 8-7-2) took a 2-1 lead early in the third period on Ralph Cuddemi’s goal at 3:35. The hosts tied it nine seconds later and then Paul Chiasson gave the Lakers the lead for good at 5:53 of the frame off a three-on-two break. Chris Bodo and Daniel O’Donoghue also scored for Mercyhurst (12-10-1, 10-7-0).

Kyle Gibbons also scored for Canisius, which received 26 saves from Tony Capobianco. The Griffs held a 32-31 edge in shots.

Canisius hosts Holy Cross at 3 p.m. Saturday to open a two-game series.

UB hoops home tonight

After playing a pair of road games, the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team returns to Alumni Arena for a 7 p.m. matchup tonight against Central Michigan.

The Bulls (7-13, 2-4 Mid-American Conference) suffered a disappointing loss at first-place Akron on Saturday, 68-64. Freshman point guard Jarryn Skeete led the Bulls with 19 points, five assists and three steals, all personal highs.

UB had a chance to tie the game late in regulation, trailing by two with the ball and less than 30 seconds left but Javon McCrea missed a shot in the paint. The Zips made their free throws down the stretch to win.

The Bulls have won four of the last five meetings with Central Michigan (9-10, 2-4).

Meanwhile, the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team plays host to red hot Charlotte (14-4, 3-1) at 7 tonight at the Reilly Center. It will be the final conference meeting between the two schools with the 49ers moving to Conference USA next season.

The Bonnies (9-11, 2-3 Atlantic 10) are led by Doris Ortega (11.9 ppg.).