Dates: February 9 and 11, 2012
Times: 7:05 p.m./7:05 p.m.
Locations: Buffalo, N.Y./Rochester, N.Y.
Rinks: Buffalo State Sports Arena/Ritter Arena
TV: Time Warner SportsNet (Sat.)
The Canisius College hockey team meets Atlantic Hockey foe RIT for a pair of games. The teams meet at the Buffalo State Sports Arena on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. and in Rochester on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
GOALTENDING BEHIND CANISIUS' SUCCESS
• The goaltending duo of senior Dan Morrison and sophomore Tony Capobianco has been key to the Griffs' success this season.
• The Griffs have needed the goalies to be on their games as Canisius has averaged just 2.44 goals per game (before empty-net tallies) in wins.
• The Canisius goaltenders have responded and allowed just 11 goals (1.22 average) in its nine wins this season. In seven of the nine victories, the Griffs allowed one or fewer tallies.
• Seven of the team's nine wins this season have been by just one score before empty-net goals.
A NEW DYNAMIC DUO IN GIBBONS AND LAW
• The duo of Kyle Gibbons and Taylor Law has led the Griffs offense all year and are showing no signs of a sophomore slump.
• Gibbons ranks sixth in Atlantic Hockey with 24 points (10g, 14a), while Law places second on the team with 22 points (10g, 12a).
• Canisius is one of only two teams in Atlantic Hockey to have at least two players with 10 goals and 10 assists (Air Force is the other).
• If both players reach the 30-point mark this year, it will mark the first time in program history that two sophomores reached the plateau.
• Also, the duo's 46 combined points are just 15 shy of the current sophomore record - 61 by Cory Conacher and Vincent Scarsella.
• At least one of the two players have led to 59.3 percent of the team's goals, scoring or registering an assist on 32 of the team's 54 tallies.
FRESHMEN GAINING EXPERIENCE
• The Canisius freshmen class has shown a lot of improvement as the group gains more experience during their rookie season.
• In the first half of the season, the 12-man class averaged just 1.11 points per game and accounted for 20 percent of the team's scoring.
• Since the turn of the calendar year, the rookies have averaged 2.60 points per game and have accounted for 37 percent of the scoring.
• The class has totaled 26 points, eight goals and 18 assists in 10 games since the beginning of January and 46 points overall (15g, 31a).
• With the classes increased output, Canisius went from averaging 1.67 goals the first half of the season to 2.40 goals since the start of 2012.
MORRISON NEARS PROGRAM'S SAVES RECORD
• Dan Morrison is getting close to making his mark on the program's record book.
• Morrison has totaled 2,728 saves during his career and is approaching the school record.
• The senior is now just 43 saves shy of the mark set by Bryan Worosz from 2001 to 2005 (2,771 saves).
CANISIUS - RIT SERIES HISTORY
• In a series that dates back to the Griffs' inaugural season of 1980-81, RIT holds a 44-11-1 advantage in 56 all-time meetings between the two schools.
• Canisius has played only Mercyhurst more than the Tigers during the program's history.
• Since RIT moved to Division I before the 2005-06 season, the Tigers own a 14-5-0 edge in the series.
• The Griffs ended an eight-game losing streak to the Tigers earlier in the season, earning a 3-1 victory in Buffalo. Seniors Scott Moser and Dan Morrison led Canisius to the win (the first win for the senior duo during their collegiate careers versus RIT). Moser scored the third-period game-winning goal and Morrison stopped 33-of-34 shots in the victory.
• The eight-game losing streak was the longest for Canisius against any single team during the program's Division I era.
ABOUT THE TIGERS
• RIT enters the series tied for third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 27 points, just two points shy of first-place Air Force. The Tigers are 12-6-3 in league play and 15-10-3 overall.
• The Tigers were swept last weekend at Air Force, losing by scores of 3-0 and 4-2.
• RIT is led by junior goaltender Shane Madolora, who has posted a 13-6-2 record to go along with a 1.90 goals against average and .933 save percentage.
• Michael Colvecchia leads the offense with 23 points and 12 goals, including seven power-play tallies. Cameron Burt ranks second with 21 points (6g, 15a).