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Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 03/28/2013
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Canisius (19-18-5) vs. Quinnipiac (27-7-5)
East Regional Semifinal
Date: March 30, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Providence, R.I.
Arena: Dunkin’ Donuts Center
TV: ESPN3/Time Warner SportsChannel

Canisius/Quinnipiac vs. Boston College/Union
East Regional Final
Date: March 31, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Providence, R.I.
Arena: Dunkin’ Donuts Center

Fresh off the program’s first conference championship, the 20th-ranked Canisius College hockey team is set to make its first trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Griffs are competing in the East Regional, opening up with top-seeded Quinnipiac on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The regional semifinal can be seen live on ESPN3 or on Time Warner SportsChannel in Buffalo, Rochester, Central New York, Manhattan and Capital Region.

• Canisius finished the regular season in seventh place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with a 12-13-2 mark.
• The Griffs are now 19-18-5 overall after winning a program-record eight-straight games en route to the Atlantic Hockey Championship.
• Canisius is ranked 20th in the USCHO.com national poll, marking the first time in the school’s history that the team is ranked.
• Junior Kyle Gibbons – a third-team All-Atlantic Hockey selection – leads the Griffs with 38 points, 18 goals and 20 assists this season.
• Junior Tony Capobianco has anchored the nation’s 14th-ranked defense with a 2.35 goals against average and .930 save percentage.

• Canisius earned one of five automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament by claiming the 2013 Atlantic Hockey Championship.
• The seventh-seeded Griffs swept best 2-of-3 series against No. 10 Bentley and No. 2 Air Force. Canisius then defeated top-seeded Niagara in the semifinals, 5-3, and No. 6 Mercyhurst in the championship, 7-2.
• At No. 7, Canisius is the lowest-seeded team to win the league title. The Griffs are also just the second team to defeat both of the top two seeds en route to the crown (Air Force in 2007).

• Canisius is currently playing its best hockey and is perhaps some of the best hockey in the country.
• The Griffs have won their last eight games, the longest active winning streak in the country.
• In addition, it marks the longest winning streak in the program’s history and matches the school’s overall mark. Canisius also won eight straight from Oct. 30 to Nov. 21, 1992 in Division III competition.

• The biggest reason for the Griffs’ eight-game winning streak is an improved offense.
• Canisius has doubled its offensive output during the streak, averaging 4.50 goals after posting 2.18 tallies per game in the year’s first 34 games.
• In fact, Canisius has scored at least four goals in seven of the team’s eight games during the winning streak. The Griffs netted four goals in only six of their first 34 games of the season.
• The Griffs totaled 12 goals last weekend in Rochester, which included a season-best seven goals in the championship game.

• Former league rivals, the Griffs and Bobcats have played 28 total times. Quinnipiac owns a 17-7-4 all-time advantage against Canisius.
• The Bobcats are 3-0-1 against the Griffs since the school joined ECAC prior to the 2005-06 season.
• The schools have met three times in postseason play with the Griffs winning 2-of-3 meetings. Canisius earned victories in the 1999 MAAC Semifinals (5-2) and 2004 Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals (1-0 in overtime), while the Bobcats claimed a 2003 MAAC Quarterfinal (3-2).

• The Griffs and Bobcats met during the 2011-12 season when Canisius opened its season in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac cruised to 7-1 and 4-0 victories against a young Griff squad.
• A total of 10 Griffs made their collegiate debuts against Quinnipiac last season.

• The Griffs and Eagles have never met previously in hockey.
• Canisius is winless in seven all-time meetings with Hockey East schools, going 0-5-2. The Griffs have not faced a Hockey East team since a 1-1 draw with Merrimack in 2008.

• The Griffs are winless in six all-time meetings with the Dutchmen.
• The schools have met one time at the Division I level with Union earning 2-0 win against Canisius at the Dodge Holiday Classic at Minnesota during the 2005-06 campaign.


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