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Live blog: Niagara vs. Mercyhurst women's hockey

LEWISTON -- It's the final meeting of the regular season between Niagara and Mercyhurst in College Hockey America action.

Mercyhurst, ranked No. 5 in the country, won last night's game, 2-0, but outshot Niagara, 40-10. Had it not been for senior goaltender Jenni Bauer, the result on the scoreboard would have been much worse for the Purple Eagles.

Check back throughout the game for updates.


Mercyhurst wins, 3-0, improving to 11-0-0 in the CHA and 22-5-0 overall. Niagara drops to 5-4-1 in the conference and 8-14-4 overall.

Third period:

18:13 left: And we have a goal. 1-0 Mercyhurst. A beautiful play from Vicki Bendus to Jess Jones on a 2-on-1 break gives the Lakers the lead.

13:28: A 5-on-3 power play goal from Vicki Bendus puts the Lakes up 2-0.

12:48: And another power play goal, this one by Christine Bestian, makes it 3-0 Mercyhurst. Niagara needed to keep it an even-strength series in order to have a chance to steal a point or two. This is why.

Second period:

16:26 left: Niagara moves to 0-for-2 on the power play but had several excellent scoring chances and are starting to get gritty around the net.

3:00 left: Great chances for the Purps but no goals on back-to-back power plays, including 35 seconds of 5-on-3. They had some chances and were patient, but perhaps a bit too patient.

End of the period: Still scoreless. Mercyhurst is talented, aggressive and patient but Niagara is hanging with them.

First period:

13:48 left: Meghan Agosta hits the post from in close on Jenni Bauer. But where did she even come from? A strong and smart player, she is fun to watch, and the nation's leading scorer for a reason.

8:48 left: NIagara goes 0-for-1 on the power play. Mercyhurst had a 2-on-1 shorthanded opportunity, but good stick work by Bauer broke up the play.

3:35 left: The Lakers potent offense has yet to score as Niagara's PK held the Lakers off the board in their first power play of the game.

End of the period: It's a scoreless tie after 20 minutes, though Mercyhurst caught a second post in the final minute, amping up the pressure.

Mercyhurst has a 7-4 advantage in shots but the Lakers seem to be generating more consistent scoring opportunities. For Niagara, Bauer has been excellent in net and the Purple Eagles have created some offensive chances of their own.

--- Amy Moritz

Live blog: Niagara vs. Mercyhurst women's hockey

LEWISTON -- It's the final meeting of the regular season between Niagara and Mercyhurst in College Hockey America action.

Mercyhurst, ranked No. 5 in the country, won last night's game, 2-0, but outshot Niagara, 40-10. Had it not been for senior goaltender Jenni Bauer, the result on the scoreboard would have been much worse for the Purple Eagles.

Check back throughout the game for updates.

--- Amy Moritz

Bulls land another corner

---Marqus Baker said on Saturday that he was going to make a decision about attended UB over the next few days. Apparently he didn't need that long because the Tampa, Fla. cornerback became the 22nd prospect from the Class of 2011 to commit to UB.

The Robinson High product, who also received an offer from FCS Youngstown State, played some tailback in high school but projects as corner for UB. On Friday, the Bulls landed a verbal from Alabama corner Kyndal Minniefield and is awaiting word from Tampa's Eric Patterson, who along with Baker made an official visit this weekend.

Coach Jeff Quinn and the Bulls will officially announce their recruiting class on Wednesday.

---Rodney McKissic


Alabama corner commits to UB


---UB continues its late push for secondary players as Daphne, Ala. cornerback Kyndal Minniefield verbally committed to the Bulls this weekend, according to a source.

Two more cornerbacks from Tampa, Fla. - Marqus Baker and Eric Patterson - are currently visiting the campus and told The Buffalo News they hope to make a decision about which college they will attend in the next few days.

Minniefield was part of a Daphne defense that allowed just over seven points a game in 2010 and a  secondary that picked off 15 passes while allowing only five touchdown receptions. He was selected to play in last month's Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Game Classic in Baton Rouge.

He is the 21st prospect to verbally commit to UB from the Class of 2011 which will officially announced on Wednesday, the first day of National Signing Day.

---Rodney McKissic


Northern Illinois-UB game analysis

Game analysis: UB's Zach Filzen heated up at the right time and the Bulls defensive effort against Xavier Silas helped lead the Bulls over Northern Illinois, 63-52

How UB won: Silas scored 20 points but got most of his points from the free-throw line where he was 12 of 13. He connected on only four field goals in 15 attempts and had four turnovers. Filzen was 8 of 15 overall and 5 of 8 from three-point range. He's starting to put the ball on the floor and pull up from mid-range which makes him an even more dangerous threat to score.

Turning point: Northern Illinois was within five points at 42-37 with 13:20 left in the game when UB went on a 13-3 run to put the game away.

Player of the game: Filzen also contributed six rebounds and two steals for the Bulls.

Stat of the game: Zero. The number of steals for Byron Mulkey. First time that's happened all season.

He said it: "We picked a bad time to have a bad game." - Northern Illinois coach Ricardo Patton.

What it means: The Bulls are now 13-6 overall and 5-2 in the MAC

In the house: 2,347 at Alumni Arena

Next up: 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Toledo at Alumni Arena

---Rodney McKissic


Goldsberry day-to-day with head injury

---Canisius College senior guard Robert Goldsberry is day-to-day after suffering what is being termed a mild head injury during Friday night’s game at home against rival Niagara University.

Goldsberry is being evaluated a tested daily by the school’s athletic training staff, according to sports information director Matt Reinhour. It is unclear if Goldsberry will be available for the Golden Griffins next game on Monday when they travel to face first-place Fairfield.

Goldsberry, the team’s top perimeter defender, was injured during the first half against Niagara when he took a knee to the head during a scramble for a loose ball. He remained on the floor for several minutes before being escorted to the locker room by trainers. He didn’t return to the game but sat on the bench for the entire second half.

Goldsberry has started all 20 games this season and is averaging 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds a game.

---Rodney McKissic


Niagara @ Canisius Game Thread

FINAL: Canisius 69, Niagara 54. It wasn't nearly that easy. Coles finishes with 20 to lead Griffs. Jordan nets 23 for Niagara.


 Canisius 38, Niagara 33, 15:13: Marvin Jordan heating up for Niagara and already has 10 in the half. Griffs getting sloppy on the offensive end. Had lead by nine after Coles converted a traditioinal three-point play . Nelson picked up third foul in bad fashion, another reach-in.

Niagara 38, Canisius 38, 11:46: Jordan converts three free throws after being fouled by Cole behind arc and we're all tied up. Canisius has gone scoreless 5-plus minutes. Jordan has 16 and Nelson 14 for Niagara. Griffs definitely shaken and have committed five second-half turnovers.

Canisius 41, Niagara 40, 9:33. Griffs 3 for last 5 at line.

Canisius 45, Niagara 41, 8:36: Niagara timeout after Logins hits two free throws and turnover results in fast-break layup by Frazier. Nelson on bench with fourth foul but Niagara probably can't afford to have him out for long.

Canisius 51, Niagara 44: Griffs victimizing Niagara left and right with Nelson on bech. Belardo has a pair of layups of turnovers and Nelson's back in.

Canisius 51, Niagara 46, 6:31: Nelson checks in and immediately scores off drive and draws foul. He'll be going to line after media timeout. It couldn't be more obvious that if he fouls out Niagara's cooked. Canisius just 6 of 18 from field in second half and 0 of 3 from three. Niagara 6 of 15 (4 of 8).

Canisius 60, Niagara 49, 2:49: Julius Coles has taken over game for Canisius, just like a senior scorer should. He has last nine Canisius points, including a pair of threes, the last of which looms as the dagger. Griffs have asserted themselves the last three minutes. About time.


We're at the Koessler Athletic Center for the 166th meeting between the schools. Or is it the 168th meeting? Niagara has the series, 95-72, in its favor. Canisius has it 91-74 in favor of the Purple Eagles. Can we please get these two rivals to sit down and settle their differences?

Yes, Canisius does have a student body, and it's well represented for a change. Nothing like an ESPNU game to get 'em out of the dorms

Kashief Edwards is in uniform for Niagara but they're starting Erik Williams and Scooter Gillette in the post.

Canisius 8, Niagara 5, 14:47: Threes by Coles and Belardo followed by a Coles jam off a baseline drive. Niagara already looking overmatched down low. Williams definitely battling a case of nerves.

Canisius 14, Niagara 8, 11:59: Frazier jams off a Belardo alley-opp to put Griffs up six after Nelson nailed his second three. Edwards in for Purple Eagles.

Canisius 18, Niagara 11, 7:57: Nelson keeping Niagara in the gym with his third three. Purple Eagles so lost without him that he sat out 1 1/2 minutes with two fouls then came right back in when Niagara struggled with Canisius pressure. Mihalich really has no choice. This is best I've seen Griffs play this season.  They're running offense and hitting board in waves. Belardo has seven.

Canisius 25, Niagara 13, 3:57: Nelson back on bench and Niagara has no clue on offensive end. Freshman-sophomore lineup overwhelmed by experienced Griffs, who own the boards 14-8 and are shooting 52.1 percent. ... Nelson checking back in.

Halftime: Canisius 31, Niagara 23. Lemmons has Niagara's last four points. Canisius guard Robert Goldsberry done for the night after suffering a head injury during a scramble with 2:36 remaining. He was helped to the locker room. Canisius 12 of 25 from field, Niagara 6 of 23. Niagara has come back to lead on the boards, 17-16. Coles leads Griffs with eight points. Nelson tops all scorers with 12.

-- Bob DiCesare



Asprilla transfers to Canisius (update)

---Former Kansas State junior center Freddy Asprilla, who left the team earlier this month is transferring to Canisius College, The Buffalo News has learned.

Asprilla is in Buffalo making an unofficial visit to Canisius and gave a verbal to coach Tom Parrotta this afternoon according to Art Alvarez, Asprilla's Miami-based AAU coach. Both will attend tonight's Niagara-Canisius game.

Canisius recruited Asprilla heavily before the decided to attend Kansas State, where he started 13 games and averaged 4.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in his first season with the Wildcats. He had transferred from Florida International.

---Rodney McKissic


It's official: Niagara-Canisius soldout

---Just got word from Canisius SID Matt Reinhour that tonight's Niagara-Canisius game at the Koessler Center is officially a sellout. Niagara has dropped 10 of its last 11 games, including four straight, while the Golden Griffins snapped a two-game slide with a 75-73 victory over Iona last Sunday.

---Rodney McKissic


Niagara, Canisius renew rivalry

---Niagara has owned Canisius over the past seven years, winning 13 of 15. NU has won eight of the last 10 meetings at the Koessler Center. Will the Purple Eagles continue their dominance?

---Niagara's Anthony Nelson and UB's Byron Mulkey vie for the national lead in steals.

---Jeff Borzello breaks down the mid-major conferences and the potential number of tournament bids they may receive.

---Ladies and gentlemen here's Pittsburgh's other team: Duquesne.

---NBA scouts differ on their analysis of Jimmer Fredette's potential. Minimum, Fredette can play a role similar to that of Steve Kerr in the NBA.

---Ryan Greene wonders if Harrison Barnes can build off of this momentum.

---There are a couple of interesting games taking place in the Atlantic-10 this weekend.

---Can Kentucky continue to reload and still be successful?

---Rodney McKissic


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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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