Though ties are usually nothing to get excited about we had the definition of a "good tie" on Saturday. Air Force is one of the toughest places to play in Atlantic Hockey. Not only have they won our conference four out of the last five years, but they always draw a good crowd and it is difficult adjusting to the elevation and time change in Colorado Springs.
We came out in the first 10 minutes and played the type of smart road game we needed to play. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off a bit in the second period and we made some mental errors, going into the third down 2-0.
We could have packed it in against a good Air Force team and called it a night, but we battled and stayed patient. With goals from Torrey Lindsay, Kyle Gibbons and Doug Beck in the third (the last two coming with our goalie pulled), we were able to force overtime. Preston Shupe scored at the buzzer in OT, just one second away from pulling out a win. Either way, to go all the way out to Colorado for one game, make the adjustments we did during the game and leave with a point was a great feeling.
Not enough can be said about or goaltending thus far. After Dan Morrison stood on his head against RIT last week, Tony Capobianco did the same against Air Force, stopping 45 shots.
On the flip side, the question going into the year was "who is going to score with the loss of Cory Conacher and Vincent Scarsella?" While those two players can never be replaced, our team seems to be grasping on to the idea that if we stay patient, we are able to get balanced scoring from our lineup.
We are looking forward to returning home against Bentley this week, with games slated for Saturday and Sunday. We are off to a good start in league play, taking 3-of-4 points from arguably the two top teams in our league. Every game is tough in this league though and we know every weekend will test everything we have.
We are obviously showing some moments that come with having a young team, but I couldn't be happier with how our freshmen are buying into our system and our program. They are working hard every day and want our team to get better just as much as the older guys do. We now have five days of practice and breaking down video to learn from our mistakes before we take on Bentley.
Unfortunately, I must end this Chronicle on a somber note as Dr. Price, an art history professor at Canisius passed away suddenly last week. Dr. Price took an extra special interest in every hockey player she taught, and was an avid reader and "critiquer" of the Chronicle. Though her passion for art and our passion for hockey couldn't have been any more different, she supported our passion and saw the good in every one of our players she taught. Dr. Price will be greatly missed by not only those she taught on our team, but everyone within the Canisius community.
Until next week, keep your head up.