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Hockey Meets Holy Cross in Atlantic Hockey Action
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 01/02/2014
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Canisius (5-10-1, 4-4-1 AHA) at Holy Cross (4-11-2, 3-7-0 AHA)
Dates: Friday, January 3 / Saturday, January 4
Times: 7:05 p.m. / 3:05 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.  |  Hart Center
TV/Webcast: America One Network
Live Audio: GoGriffs.com
DI Series History: Holy Cross leads, 28-11-9

The Canisius College hockey team returns to Atlantic Hockey play for the first time in four weeks with a weekend series at Holy Cross. The schools are set to meet on Friday at 7:05 p.m. and on Saturday at 3:05 p.m.

• Canisius (5-10-1, 4-4-1 AHA) lost a pair of games at the Catamount Cup last weekend, falling to No. 10 UMass Lowell and Vermont.
• Senior Kyle Gibbons leads the Griffs with 15 points and eight goals.
• Senior Tony Capobianco has started 10-of-16 games in net, posting a 3.29 goals against average and .904 save percentage.

• Forwards Taylor Law and Shane Conacher have both returned from injuries in the first half of the year and sparked the Canisius offense.
• Law missed 11 games from Nov. 1 to Dec. 7 but returned last weekend and scored a goal. He has two goals in five games this season.
• Conacher missed nine games from Oct. 25 to Nov. 19. The rookie now has four points (2g, 2a) in his first seven collegiate games.
• Canisius is averaging 3.00 goals per game when at least one of the duo plays this year (compared to 1.86 goals when both are out).

• Senior Kyle Gibbons continues to make headlines at Canisius, reaching a pair of milestones during his senior campaign.
• On Nov. 19, Gibbons became the eighth player in the school’s Division I history to reach 100 points for his career. He then became just the third Griff in the program’s history to score 50 career goals on Dec. 6.
• Gibbons is one of only six active players in the NCAA with 100 career points and 50 career goals.

• To be their most successful, Canisius needs to carry its play at home to the road.
• The Griffs, at 3-0-1, are one of only two unbeatens nationally at home (Wisconsin).
• Canisius, however, has struggled away from Buffalo with a 2-10-0 mark. Its scoring difference has also gone from +1.5 to -1.6.

• The Crusaders hold a 32-13-9 advantage in a series that dates back to 1986, including a 28-11-9 edge in Division I meetings.
• The schools split two games in Buffalo last season, with the Griffs blanking Holy Cross in the opener, 3-0, before falling in the finale, 5-1.
• Holy Cross has controlled the series in Worcester, owning a 14-4-5 edge against the Griffs since the 1998-99 campaign. Canisius is just 1-5-1 in its last seven games at Holy Cross and has not won a regular-season meeting at the Hart Center since 2007.

• Holy Cross enters the weekend with a 4-11-2 record and a 3-5-2 mark in Atlantic Hockey play.
• The Crusaders were swept last weekend, falling to Atlantic Hockey foe Bentley on Saturday and Yale on Sunday.
• Adam Schmidt leads the team with 11 points (4g, 7a), while Matt Vidal is right behind with 10 points (4g, 6a).
• Matt Ginn has started every game in goal for Holy Cross, posting a 2.93 goals against average and .912 save percentage.

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