Dates: March 2-4, 2012
Times: 7:05 p.m.
Location: Storrs, Conn.
Rink: Freitas Ice Forum
The Canisius College hockey team opens the 2012 Atlantic Hockey Tournament with a first-round series at Connecticut. The Griffs and Huskies begin their best 2-of-3 series on Friday night in Storrs, Conn.
REGULAR SEASON WRAP UP
• The Griffs finished the 2011-12 season as the ninth-placed team in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 23 points and are set to play at No. 8 seed Connecticut, who finished four points ahead of Canisius.
• The teams played two games earlier in the season in Buffalo with the Huskies winning both contests, 6-2 and 4-3.
• The advancing teams will be reseeded next weekend for another best 2-of-3 series at one of the top four league teams.
2011-12 SERIES REVIEW
• Connecticut are the only team to top the Griffs twice in Buffalo this season.
• Special teams was the edge in the opener as the Huskies netted two power-play goals and one short-handed tally.
• The second game was the only contest all year that Canisius lost a game it held a lead in, allowing two goals in the final eight minutes for the one-goal defeat.
• Four players led the Griffs with two points in the series (Gibbons, Law, McCrank and Sullivan), while Cole Schneider and Jordan Sims led the Huskies with four points.
CANISIUS POSTSEASON HISTORY
• Canisius is in its 14th season competing at the Division I level, having compiled a 9-16-0 postseason record during that span.
• The Griffs are 6-11-0 all-time in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament, including a 1-1-0 record in the first round.
• Canisius and Connecticut have met once in the postseason with the Griffs earning a 4-1 victory in the 2001 MAAC Quarterfinals in Buffalo.
• Last season, the Griffs advanced in the postseason for the second-straight year for the first time in the program's history. Canisius defeated local rival Niagara, 6-3 in the Atlantic Hockey First Round before falling to Holy Cross in a best 2-of-3 quarterfinal series, two games to one.
• If Canisius hopes to advance in the 2012 Atlantic Hockey Tournament, the Griffs will have to upset a number foes, starting with No. 8 Connecticut in the first round.
• The Griffs are 7-13-0 all-time in their postseason history as the lower seed.
• Canisius is the only team in Atlantic Hockey history to win a best 2-of-3 series as the lower seed. The Griffs swept No. 4 Mercyhurst as the fifth seed in the 2012 Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals.
• Overall, the lower seed is 1-16 in series in Atlantic Hockey history.
• Last season, Canisius - the western's division sixth seed - eliminated No. 3 Niagara in a single-game elimination before falling two games to one against the third overall seed Holy Cross.
CANISIUS - CONNECTICUT SERIES HISTORY
• In a series that dates back to the 1984-85 season, Canisius holds a 24-19-6 advantage against the Huskies, including a 22-15-6 edge in Division I meetings.
• The Huskies are 3-0-1 against the Griffs in the last four meetings. Canisius, however, dominated the series before the last four matchups, going 14-5-2 in the 21 games prior against Connecticut.
• The Griffs own a slight edge in meetings in Storrs, going 13-12-2 at Connecticut.
• The teams have one postseason meeting, playing in the 2001 MAAC Tournament. The Griffs earned a 4-1 victory in the conference's quarterfinals in Buffalo.
ABOUT THE HUSKIES
• Connecticut finished eighth in the Atlantic Hockey standings after compiling a 12-12-3 record against conference foes. Overall, the Huskies are 13-17-4 on the season.
• The Huskies earned three points last weekend against AIC after going winless in their previous six contests (0-5-1).
• Connecticut is led on the offensive end by Cole Schneider, who has totaled 35 points, 18 goals and 17 assists during the season.
• Brant Harris ranks second on the team with 28 points and 15 goals. He also leads all Atlantic Hockey players and ranks sixth nationally with nine power-play tallies.
• Garrett Bartus has started all 34 games in goal for the Huskies, posting a 2.58 goals against average and .921 save percentage.