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Hockey Travels to Holy Cross for Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 03/10/2011
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The Canisius College hockey team continues its postseason run with a best 2-of-3 quarterfinal series at Holy Cross in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. The Griffs, who upset Niagara in the first round, and Crusaders begin the series in Worcester, Mass. on Friday at 7:05 p.m.

• All four lower-seeded teams earned victories in the Atlantic Hockey First Round.
• The Griffs, who finished the season sixth in the western pod, defeated its rival, Niagara, 6-3 to advance in the tournament, while Holy Cross received a bye to the quarterfinals.
• Canisius is now reseeded sixth and play a best 2-of-3 series at No. 3 Holy Cross.
• Last year, Canisius became the first and only lower-seeded school to win a series in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament when the Griffs swept two games at No. 4 Mercyhurst. Overall, the lower-seeded team is 1-12 since the quarterfinals went to a series in 2008.

• Canisius and Holy Cross met twice this season, playing a series in Buffalo in November.
• The Crusaders took 3-of-4 points during the weekend series. Canisius never trailed in the opener but Holy Cross scored with 4:34 remaining in regulation to earn a 3-3 draw. The Crusaders then posted a 6-2 win in the finale.
• Holy Cross outscored Canisius, 9-5, in the two games and held a commanding 72-43 advantage in shots during the series. Both teams also converted more than 20 percent of their power-play chances.

• Eric Rex has continued his strong senior campaign, enjoying his most productive season in his final year as a Griff.
• Rex has tallied a career-best 27 points (9g, 18a) this season, more than double his career total during his first three seasons and more than quadruple his previous personal best.
• In the first 66 games of his career, Rex totaled 13 points on five tallies and eight assists.
• The senior has also recorded seven multi-point games this season, including three points in two of his last three games. He recorded a personal-best three assists in a Senior Night win against Mercyhurst and then netted his first career multi-goal game and added an assist in the AHA First Round at Niagara. His two goals matched the program's postseason record.

• Senior Cory Conacher has netted yet another school record, matching the program's Division I mark for goals in a single season.
• Conacher now has 22 goals during his senior campaign, matching the mark set by Chris Duggan during the 1998-99 season.
• In addition, the senior became the first player in the program's history to score 20 goals in two different seasons.
• Conacher also owns the program's single-season points (53) and assists (33) records, set during his junior year.

• Canisius is in its 13th season competing at the Division I level, having compiled an 8-14-0 postseason record during that span, including a 5-9-0 mark in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament.
• Last season, the Griffs advanced to the Atlantic Hockey Semifinals for the second time in the program's history, joining the 2004 team to accomplish the feat. Canisius also earned a trip to the MAAC Championship game during the 1999 tournament.
• The Griffs are 6-11-0 when playing a higher-seeded team in Division I postseason games. Last season, Canisius became the first lower-seeded team to win an Atlantic Hockey series.

• The Crusaders hold a 27-11-9 advantage in a series that dates back to 1986, including a 23-9-9 edge in Division I meetings.
• Holy Cross is 4-0-2 against the Griffs since the beginning of the 2008-09 season and 7-2-1 in the last 11 games. Six of the Crusaders' victories during that span have been by just one goal.
• The schools are meeting for the first time in Worcester since October 2008. Holy Cross earned three points during that weekend series, posting a 1-1 draw and a 5-4 victory.
• Each of the last six meetings between the two Atlantic Hockey foes have been early-season matchups as the schools have not met after November since February 2008.
• The schools have played twice in the postseason with the Crusaders winning both contests. Holy Cross defeated Canisius in the 1998 MAAC Championship (4-3) and 2004 AHA Semifinals (4-1).

• Holy Cross finished third in the Atlantic Hockey standings with a 14-8-5 league record and compiled a 15-14-5 overall mark.
• The Crusaders finished the season as the one of the hottest teams in the country. Holy Cross went unbeaten in its last 11 games (8-0-3), tied for the longest streak in the nation with Union.
• Three different Crusaders tallied at least 30 points this season. Kyle Fletcher (12g, 20a) and Rob Linsmayer (11g, 21a) tied for the team lead with 32 points. Everett Sheen has added 30 points and a team-best 14 goals.
• Adam Roy has started each of the 11 games in net during the unbeaten run and is 9-6-3 overall during the season. He has posted a goals against of 2.53 and a save percentage of .909.

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