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The Canisius College hockey team won its conference championship during the 2012-13 season, claiming the Atlantic Hockey title. The Griffs became the lowest-seeded team to win the league’s title as an eight-game winning streak in March led to reaching the pinnacle of the conference. The Griffs, which finished ranked 19th in the final national poll, earned the crown after a 7-2 victory in the championship game against Mercyhurst.  
 Final USCHO.com National Poll
  Team Record Pts
1 Yale 22-12-3 993
2 Quinnipiac 30-8-5 951
3 Mass.-Lowell 28-11-2 894
4 St. Cloud State 25-16-1 837
5 Miami 25-12-5 757
6 Minnesota 26-9-5 752
7 North Dakota 22-13-7 647
8 Notre Dame 25-13-3 610
9 Boston College 22-12-4 579
10 Union 22-13-5 567
11 New Hampshire 20-12-7 539
12 Wisconsin 22-13-7 430
13 Minnesota State 24-14-3 418
14 Denver 20-14-5 349
15 Niagara 23-10-5 298
16 Western Michigan 19-11-8 270
17 Boston University 21-16-2 180
18 Providence 17-14-7 139
19 CANISIUS 19-19-5 92
20 Michigan 18-19-3 66



 
INDIVIDUAL HONORS  
Keegan Asmundson
• Kendall Hockey Classic All-Tournament Team
• Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week (Oct. 15)

Tony Capobianco
• Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament Team
• Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Month (March)
• Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week (Nov. 26, Dec. 3, March 11, March 25)

Ralph Cuddemi
• Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month (March)
• Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week (March 25, April 1)

Ben Danford
• Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament Team
Kyle Gibbons
• All-Atlantic Hockey Third Team
• Atlantic Hockey Championship MVP
• Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament Team
• Atlantic Hockey Player of the Month (March)
• Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week (March 4, March 25)

Chris Rumble
• Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week (Jan. 14)

Patrick Sullivan
• Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week (April 1)

Tyler Wiseman
• Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament Team
 

 
TEAM RECORDS
 
• Eight-straight wins (March 1 – March 23), matching a school record (Oct. 30 – Nov. 21, 1992) and the longest in the program’s Division I history.
• 90.1 percent penalty kill, the 11th-best mark in NCAA history.
 

 
INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL RECORDS
 
• 52 career assists (by a defender), Ben Danford
• 146 career games played, Torrey Lindsay
• 1,256 single-season saves, Tony Capobianco – the 12th most in NCAA history and the most since the 1988-89 season
• .929 single-season save percentage, Tony Capobianco
• 18 single-season goaltender victories, Tony Capobianco
• Four single-season shutouts, Tony Capobianco
• 117-consecutive games played, Ben Danford
• (tied) Three single-season short-handed goals, Preston Shupe
• (tied) Three goals in a game, Preston Shupe (at Sacred Heart, Jan. 12)
 



Tony Capobianco
  OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Keegan Asmundson led the Griffs to a 3-1 win against Alaska at the Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage, recording 33 saves in his collegiate debut en route to All-Tournament Team accolades (Oct. 13).
• Canisius opened Atlantic Hockey play with a 1-1 draw against the league’s defending champion Air Force. Taylor Law scored the equalizing goal for the Griffs in the second period (Oct. 25).
• Tony Capobianco stole the show in Canisius’ contest against nationally-ranked Minnesota. After allowing a goal just 12 seconds into the game, Capobianco stopped the final 41 shots he faced versus the second-ranked Gophers in a 1-0 setback (Oct. 28).
 
  NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Canisius earned its first win at RIT in six seasons with a 6-3 victory against the Tigers. Patrick Sullivan led the Griffs with a career-best three points and two goals in the win (Nov. 10).
• Tony Capobianco earned Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week honors for the first time during the 2012-13 campaign after leading Canisius to 3-of-4 points against league foe AIC. Capobianco stopped 51-of-53 shots against the Yellow Jackets (Nov. 24-25).
 
  DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tony Capobianco continued to dominate during a weekend sweep against Connecticut, earning Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week honors for the second-straight week. The junior netminder stopped 81-of-82 shots in the two wins, including a 36-save shutout and a 45-save performance the following the night, to become the first Griff to collect Goaltender of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks (Nov. 30-Dec. 1).
• Canisius completed one of its most dominant performances of the season with a 5-1 victory against Army. The Griffs outshot the Black Knights, 51-19, with the +32 shot differential the highest since the 2003-04 season (Dec. 29).

JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS  

Preston Shupe
• The Griffs earned their first win of the New Year with a 5-1 victory against Sacred Heart. Chris Rumble, appearing in the first conference game of his career after recovering from leukemia, netted his first collegiate goal to go along with an assist. Fellow rookie Stephen Miller also scored the first two goals of his career (Jan. 11).
• Preston Shupe helped the Griffs complete the sweep with the 13th hat trick in the program’s Division I history in a 6-3 win over the Pioneers (Jan. 12).
• Canisius posted its first third-period rally of the season in a 4-2 victory against Mercyhurst. Stephen Miller and Matthew Grazen scored 31 seconds apart with under seven minutes remaining before Preston Shupe sealed the victory with an empty-net goal (Jan. 26).
 

 
FEBRUARY/MARCH HIGHLIGHTS  
• Tony Capobianco recorded his second shutout of the season with 23 saves in a 3-0 win against Holy Cross (Feb. 2).
• Against nationally-ranked Niagara the following weekend, Tony Capobianco continued to show he was one of the nation’s top goaltenders. The junior recorded 77 saves on 78 shots by the 15th-ranked Purple Eagles as the schools split a pair of 2-0 games (Feb. 7 and Feb. 9).
• The Griffs finished the season against perennial league power RIT and needed a sweep to secure home ice for the Atlantic Hockey First Round. The Griffs responded with their first-ever sweep in the 61-game series with the Tigers, posting a 6-5 win in Rochester and a 4-2 victory in Buffalo to secure the tournament’s seventh seed.
 



Kyle Gibbons
  ATLANTIC HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
  • After earning the seventh seed for the league’s championship, Canisius opened the tournament with a best 2-of-3 home series against Bentley.
• Tony Capobianco led the Griffs during the weekend, stopping 70-of-71 shots as Canisius earned 4-0 and 2-1 victories. Sophomore Cody Freeman led Canisius with three goals, including the game-winning tally in both contest.
• The Griffs then advanced to face second-seeded Air Force in the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals in Colorado. The Falcons entered as the two-time defending champions and had won five of the last six Atlantic Hockey Tournaments.
• The first game of the quarterfinal series featured a back-and-forth affair. Canisius held a late 3-2 lead only to see the Falcons tie the game on an extra-attacker short-handed goal with just 68 seconds remaining. However, Kyle Gibbons answered with a power-play tally with just 9.1 ticks left for the 4-3 victory (GIBBONS' GAME-WINNING GOAL).
• With its season on the line, Air Force came out strong in game two, firing 53 shots on net. However, Tony Capobianco was once again big for the Griffs, stopping a Canisius postseason record 50 shots. Trailing 3-2 late in the game, Matthew Grazen scored with 1:58 left in regulation and Duncan McKellar then netted the game-winning tally 68 seconds into overtime for the 4-3 series-clinching win (POSTGAME CELEBRATION).
• Advancing to championship weekend in Rochester for the first time since 2010, the Griffs faced local rival and nationally-ranked Niagara in the semifinals. With the game squared at three, Canisius scored with 20 seconds remaining in the second and 1:58 into the third for the 5-3 final score. Sophomore Tyler Wiseman led the Griffs with three points and two goals in the win as Canisius advanced to the Atlantic Hockey Championship game for the first time in school history (HIGHLIGHTS).
• Canisius had played Mercyhurst more than any other school in school history but never had a game meant as much as the two rivals squared off for the Atlantic Hockey Championship. Junior Kyle Gibbons scored the game’s first two goals and the Griffs never looked back en route to a 7-2 victory (HIGHLIGHTS AND CELEBRATION).
• Kyle Gibbons was named the Atlantic Hockey Championship Most Valuable Player after setting a career high with four points in the championship and totaling 12 points in the six postseason games. Forward Tyler Wiseman, defender Ben Danford and goalkeeper Tony Capobianco joined Gibbons on the All-Tournament Team.
 
  NCAA TOURNAMENT
  • The Griffs made their NCAA Tournament debut against top-ranked Quinnipiac, facing off with their former conference rival in the East Regional Semifinal in Providence, R.I.
• After falling behind, 1-0, sophomore Stephen Farrell and junior Patrick Sullivan scored 44 seconds apart in the second period for the team’s first lead.
• Junior Kyle Gibbons, who led all players in the country with 18 points during the month of March, extended Canisius’ lead to two with 16:17 remaining in regulation.
• The Bobcats, however, answered back with three goals in the final 12 minutes to earn the 4-3 victory. Quinnipiac also won its next two games and finished as the national runner-up.