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Griffs hockey falls to visiting Lakers, 5-1

BUFFALO -- Freshman goaltender Colin DeAugustine made 39 saves and five different Mercyhurst skaters scored goals as the Lakers defeated the Canisius College hockey program, 5-1, Friday in Atlantic Hockey Conference action at KeyBank Rink at HARBORCENTER.

DeAugustine made 32 of his 39 saves over the final 40 minutes of the contest to propel

Mercyhurst (5-8-0, 5-5-0 AHC) to the victory in the first of two regular-season meetings with the Griffs (5-8-2, 4-3-2 AHC). The rematch is slated for Feb. 23 at HARBORCENTER.

James Anderson staked the Lakers to a 1-0 lead late in the first period when he beat Canisius keeper Charles Williams with a slapshot from the left faceoff circle for his first collegiate tally.

The Lakers doubled their cushion just 78 seconds into the second.  Jack Riley forced a turnover behind the Canisius net and found Kane Elliott alone in the slot, where Elliott fired a wrist shot into the upper right-hand corner of the net for his first goal of the season.

Freshman Jesse Pereira cut the Griffs deficit in half a little more than two minutes later, deflecting a feed from freshman Nick Hutchison past DeAugustine and inside the left post for his third goal of the season.  

Mercyhurst carried its one-goal cushion into the third and expanded its margin to 4-1 midway through the fame with a pair of goals just 1:58 apart.

Joseph Duszak made it a 3-1 contest when he potted his first career goal with an assist from Jonathan Charbonneau at the 6:56 mark. Charbonneau increased the Laker lead to three by notching his team-leading eighth goal of the season with a power play tally.

Nathan Ferriero closed out the scoring on an empty-net goal with 28 seconds remaining.

Canisius completes its five-game homestand Dec. 2-3 with a visit from league foe Bentley. Opening faceoff for both contests at HARBORCENTER is slated for 7:35 p.m.

from GoGriffs.com via IFTTT

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