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Morrison Sets School Record in Senior Night Win

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 02/24/2012
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Senior netminder Dan Morrison anchored the Canisius College hockey team to a 2-1 win against Mercyhurst on Senior Night and in the process became the school's all-time leader in career saves. With the win, the Griffs improve to 10-19-4 on the season and 10-13-3 in Atlantic Hockey play, while the Lakers drop to 17-14-4 and 14-8-4 against league foes.

Morrison finished the night with 27 saves in the winning effort, raising his career total to 2,787 stops. The London, Ontario native surpassed the previous standard of 2,771, set by Bryan Worosz from 2001 to 2005.

"It is always nice to be recognized as a record holder, especially at a place like Canisius," Morrison said. "Anywhere you go, you want to make an impact and I hope that I've done that during my time here - both on and off the ice."

Sophomore Ryan Bohrer and freshman Carl Larsson both tallied goals to lead the Griffs to a win in the team's final home game of the 2011-12 season.

"We had a complete team effort tonight that started with great play from Dan Morrison on Senior Night," said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. "The second period for us was one of the better periods that we have played this season. Our penalty kill came up huge and did a great job of shifting momentum back to our side when we needed it to."

After a scoreless first period, the Griffs netted two goals in a 32-second span to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Larsson opened the scoring with his third tally of his rookie campaign 2:53 into the frame. Junior defender Ben Parker fired a shot toward goal from the blue line and Larsson redirected the puck into the back of the net for the 1-0 advantage. Sophomore defender Duncan McKellar also registered an assist on the go-ahead tally.

Canisius quickly added to its lead when Bohrer scored his first goal of the season just 32 seconds later. On a rush, sophomore Taylor Law sent a shot on goal. The rebound went wide toward the right boards and Bohrer quickly sent the puck into the net for the 2-0 lead. Morrison added to his victory in net with the secondary assist on the eventual game-winning goal.

Morrison then stole the show nearly midway through the second frame. Just one save shy of the program's all-time saves record, Mercyhurst's Kevin Noble sent a shot on goal that Morrison saved. The rebound went right to Ryan Misiak on the other side but Morrison made a diving save cross-crease to set the school record and preserve the 2-0 lead.

It took nearly 47 minutes of action but the Lakers finally solved Morrison, scoring with 13:10 remaining in regulation to cut their deficit in half. A Canisius turnover in the neutral zone led to Chris Bodo scoring his 10th goal of the season for the 2-1 score.

However, Morrison and the Griffs defense would shut down Mercyhurst from there. The senior netminder stopped the final nine shots on goal that he faced, including a save on Matthew Zay's breakaway attempt, to help Canisius earn the 2-1 win in the final home game of his career.

The Lakers finished the game with a slight advantage in shots, 28-27. Neither team was able to score on the power play with Canisius going 0-for-3 with the extra-man advantage and killing all five Mercyhurst power plays.

Max Strang finished the game with 25 saves for the Lakers.

Canisius wraps up the 2011-12 regular season with a road game at Mercyhurst on Saturday night. The contest is set to start at 7:05 p.m. in Erie, Pa.

Game Notes: The Griffs honored Morrison and senior captain Scott Moser following the game ... Moser appeared in his 113th-straight game on Friday, just one shy of the school record for consecutive games played ... Morrison's assist marked the fourth helper of the goaltender's career ... Eight of the Griffs' 10 wins this season have come by just one goal (not including empty-net tallies) ... Canisius has won its last three Senior Night games ... Junior Torrey Lindsay appeared in his 100th-career game.

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