Date: Nov. 3-4, 2012
Time: 3:05 p.m.
Location: Buffalo, N.Y.
Rink: Buffalo State Sports Arena
The Canisius hockey team returns to Buffalo for its first home series of the season. The Griffs welcome ECAC foe Clarkson to the Buffalo State Sports Arena with games slated for Saturday and Sunday at 3:05 p.m.
A TOUGH DEFENSE TO CRACK
• Through one month of the 2012-13 campaign, the Griffs defense is proving it is one of the strongest units in the country.
• Canisius currently ranks sixth nationally with a scoring defense of 1.67 goals per game (three of the six teams ahead of the Griffs are Ivy League schools that just opened play last weekend).
• In fact, only once this season have the Griffs allowed more than two tallies in a game (three goals on Oct. 19 at Western Michigan).
• In addition, Canisius has allowed only one goal in three of its six games this season.
CAPOBIANCO ANCHORS CANISIUS DEFENSE
• Junior Tony Capobianco is behind the Griffs' strong defensive start.
• Capobianco has excelled in net for Canisius, posting a 1.78 goals against average and .944 save percentage.
• The junior continues to impress during the 2012-13 campaign, coming off his best game of the season. He registered 41 saves in a 1-0 loss at No. 2 Minnesota on Oct. 28, holding the Gophers to 3.2 goals fewer than its season average.
• Capobianco now ranks 12th nationally in save percentage and 20th in goals against average.
ONLY THE BEST FOR CAPOBIANCO
• Not only does Tony Capobianco rank among the nation's best but he has does it against some of the country's best competition.
• Three of Capobianco's five starts this year are against teams currently in the top 12 of the national rankings. Only one other Atlantic Hockey goaltender has played two ranked teams (Bentley's Branden Komm).
• In two contests against No. 12 Western Michigan and one against No. 2 Minnesota, Capobianco owns a 2.07 goals against average and .950 save percentage.
MOST IMPROVED AWARD
• Another secret behind the team's early-season defensive success is on the penalty kill.
• Canisius has successfully killed 92.9 percent of power plays this year (26-of-28), the nation's eighth-best rate.
• It also marks the most improved area for the Griffs from last season. During the 2011-12 campaign, Canisius successfully killed only 77.7 percent of power plays.
• The 15.2 percent improvement is the highest of any team in the country this season with more than two games played (St. Lawrence is second with a 12.1 improvement).
CANISIUS - CLARKSON SERIES HISTORY
• The Griffs and Golden Knights have met for only one prior series before this weekend, with Canisius taking 3-of-4 points in Potsdam in 2008.
• Canisius rallied for a 4-3 victory in the opener, scoring an extra-attacker goal with 14 seconds left before netting the game-winner 3:46 into the extra session.
• Clarkson rallied for a 2-2 tie in the finale, scoring the final two tallies to earn the draw.
GRIFFS AGAINST THE ECAC
• The games against the Golden Knights this weekend mark the 14th and 15th times that Canisius is playing an ECAC school.
• The Griffs are 2-9-2 all-time against the conference.
• Last season, Canisius went 0-3-0 versus ECAC schools, falling twice to Quinnipiac and once to nationally-ranked Colgate.
• Canisius did go unbeaten against the conference during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 campaigns (2-0-1) but are now winless in their last five contests versus the conference (0-4-1).
• The last win for Canisius over an ECAC school was a 7-6 overtime victory against Colgate on Dec. 20, 2009.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS
• Clarkson is still in search of its first victory of the 2012-13 campaign, entering the weekend with a 0-4-1 record.
• The Golden Knights are already 0-2-1 against Atlantic Hockey competition this season, losing to Holy Cross with a loss and a draw to Niagara.
• Allan McPherson leads Clarkson with five points this season on one goal and four assists. Pat Megannety is second with four points, including a team-best three goals.
• Greg Lewis has seen a majority of time in goal for the Golden Knights, posting a 3.35 goals against average and .886 save percentage.