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Live from Dwyer Arena: Canisius vs. Niagara

LEWISTON -- And cue the ice rivalry for the 2011-12 season. Niagara hosts Canisius for the first of three games between the schools in Atlantic Hockey this season.

The hockey series dates back to 1997 with Niagara holding a 14-8-1 all-time advantage. Last year, the teams the four meetings with the road team winning each time. The GOlden Griffins have won the last two meetings incluidng a 6-3 win in last year's first round of the Atlantic Hockey Tournmaent.

This year, Canisius (2-5-1, 2-1-1 AH) is struggling offensively, averaging just 18.4 shots a game -- the fewest in the country. The Griffs defense is solid, however, as its 1.75 goals against is the second best in the league.

Niagara (2-4-2, 1-2-1 AH) is averaging 2.5 goals a game, paced by sophomore Scott Arnold who has eight poitns and four goals.

Check back for updates throughout the game.

Final: Canisius 1, Niagara 1. It is only the second tie in the 14-year history of the series.

Overtime

And it's time for free hockey in Dwyer Arena. All tied, 1-1. In case you forgot, the goals were scored in the first five minutes of the game.

Third period

Start of the third: For the record, these teams have only gone to overtime twice in their 14-year hockey rivalry. Last year, Niagara won, 6-5, in OT at the Buffalo State Ice Arena. The only other OT game is also the only tie between the two programs, a 3-3 draw on Jan. 24, 2004 in Dwyer Arena. There. I said it.

Second period

Start of the period: Tied, 1-1. Niagara held a 10-6 advantage in shots on goal.

10:38: Still tied, 1-1. Canisius is 0-for-3 on the power play and not taking advantage of their opportunities. Coming into the game, Niagara was just 10-for-20 (50 percent) on the penalty kill at home.

End of the second: Still knotted up, 1-1. A few power play chances for both teams, but neither could capitalize.

First period

18:08: Canisius takes a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal by Torrey Lindsay, his second shortie of the year.

15:15: And with another chance on the power play, Niagara takes advantage and evens the game at 1-1, tipped in by Giancarlo Iuorio ona shot by Ryan Rashid.

--- Amy Moritz

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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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