Canisius (9-13-2, 8-7-2 AHA) at AIC (6-17-1, 5-11-1 AHA)
Dates: Friday, January 31 / Saturday, February 1
Times: 7:05 p.m. / 3:05 p.m.
Location: Springfield, Mass. | Olympia Ice Center
TV/Webcast: America One Network
Live Audio: GoGriffs.com
DI Series History: Canisius leads, 29-12-4
The Canisius hockey team hits the road to face AIC in a weekend series. The schools are set to meet in Springfield on Friday at 7:05 p.m. and on Saturday at 3:05 p.m.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
• Canisius (9-13-2, 8-7-2 AHA) is coming off a split with first-place Mercyhurst, losing 3-1 before rallying for a 7-4 victory on Saturday.
• Senior Kyle Gibbons leads the Griffs with 22 points, 11 goals and seven power-play tallies this season. Senior defender Ben Danford ranks first on the team with 13 assists.
• Senior Tony Capobianco owns a 3.18 goals against average and .906 save percentage in 15 starts this season with a 5-7-2 record.
• The Griffs have become unwelcomed guests as of late.
• Canisius has won its last three road games after a 2-10-0 start away from Buffalo.
• On Friday, Canisius is attempting to win four-consecutive road games for the first time since the 2000-01 season. In addition, the Griffs have only won five-straight away from home once in school history (1995-96 season).
A MULTIPLE THREAT IN LAW
• Senior Taylor Law is coming off his best game in two years and is looking to carry that momentum over to this weekend.
• Law netted two goals in the Griffs’ come-from-behind win against Mercyhurst on Saturday. It marked the first time that Law netted two goals in a game since Jan. 22, 2012 against Sacred Heart.
• The team’s MVP as a sophomore (2011-12), Law missed 39 games the last two years due to injury. He has four goals in 13 contests this season.
BETTER LATE THAN FIRST
• The Griffs are learning that an early deficit isn’t the end of the game.
• In Canisius games this year, the team that scores first is just 11-11-2, including a 4-6-2 mark by the Griffs.
• It is quite the reversal from past seasons. In the last two years, the team that netted the first goal was 55-13-9 in Griffs contests.
CANISIUS - AIC SERIES HISTORY
• In a series that dates back to 1992, the Griffs are 29-13-4 all-time against the Yellow Jackets, including a 29-12-4 edge in Division I meetings.
• Canisius has defeated AIC more than any other school at the Division I level.
• The Griffs have dominated the series as of late. Since the start of the 2008-09 season, Canisius is 12-0-2 against AIC. The 14-game unbeaten streak for the Griffs is the longest versus any single team in the program’s Division I history.
• Last season, Canisius took 3-of-4 points in Buffalo. The schools played to a 1-1 draw in the opener despite the Griffs holding a 44-22 advantage in shots. Canisius then responded with a 4-1 win the next day.
ABOUT THE YELLOW JACKETS
• AIC has lost three-straight games and is winless in its last four after a win against Hockey East-foe Massachusetts on Jan. 14.
• Overall, the Yellow Jackets enter the weekend with a 6-17-1 record, including a 5-11-1 mark against Atlantic Hockey foes.
• Jon Puskar and David Norris are tied for the team lead with 21 points. Puskar has also netted a team-best 11 goals, while Norris leads the Yellow Jackets with 18 assists.
• Hunter Leisner has appeared in net in 15-of-24 games this season, including 11 of the last 13 contests. He owns a 4-9-1 record with a 3.58 goals against average and .905 save percentage.
Griffs Hockey Travels to Face AIC
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics