Niagara continued to hold on to its first-place lead in Atlantic Hockey with a 2-1 win over Bentley at Dwyer Arena Friday night.

The Purple Eagles took a 1-0 lead when Jeff Hannan scored at 9:56 of the second period. They extended the lead to 2-0 at 7:19 of the third when Chris Lochner scored.

Bentley scored just 1:35 later, but Niagara goalie Carsen Chubak closed the door, making 20 saves.

Branden Komm (Williamsville North) made 37 saves for the Falcons (11-12-1, 9-8-1).

With the win, Niagara (16-4-5, 15-1-2) extended its home unbeaten streak to 16 games. The teams meet again at 7:05 tonight.

Meanwhile Canisius kicks off its weekend series with Holy Cross this afternoon at 3:05 p.m. at the Buffalo Ice Arena. The teams will meet again at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday.

The Golden Griffins (9-12-5, 8-7-2) are coming off a split with Mercyhurst.

Junior Kyle Gibbons is pacing the Griffs’ offense. He has 11 goals and eight assists in the last 17 games after being held pointless in the first eight games of the season.

Holy Cross (9-6-2 AH) enters the game receiving votes in the national poll. Senior goalie Thomas Tysowsky of Amherst is on the Crusaders’ roster.

Marist beats Canisius

Canisius suffered from another poor shooting performance and, although it made a run in the second half, dropped a 54-40 decision to Marist in Poughkeepsie Friday night.

The Golden Griffins shot just 26.3 percent from the field, connecting on 15 of their 57 shots. Meanwhile, they committed 17 turnovers.

Marist built a 26-13 lead, but the Griffs created some opportunities in the second half. A layup from Ashley Durham with two minutes left in the game pulled Canisius within seven, 45-38. The Griffs, however, would be held without a field goal for the rest of the game.

Ashley Wilkes finished with 10 points and six rebounds for Canisius (8-12, 5-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference).

Marist (14-6) remained undefeated in the MAAC (9-0).