"We had a few too many quiet spots in the game tonight and that really cost us," said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. "We showed good resiliency to come back in the third but it was a little too late in the end."
Sophomore Tony Capobianco played outstanding in net for the Griffs, posting 33 saves to anchor the Canisius defense.
Sophomore Taylor Law netted his team-leading 11th goal of the 2011-12 campaign on the offensive end.
The Tigers grabbed the lead with 3:44 remaining in the opening period. Chris Haltigin's shot from the blue line got past a screen in front and into the net for the 1-0 advantage.
RIT stretched its lead to two with an early tally in the second frame. Taylor McReynolds sent a shot on goal and the puck took a deflection and went past the goal line for a 2-0 advantage after two periods of play.
The momentum seemingly turned toward Canisius' favor early in the third period with Law taking advantage. Sophomore Kyle Gibbons found his classmate open and Law buried his attempt high to bring Canisius within one, 2-1, with 11:10 remaining in the game. Freshman Mitch McCrank also registered an assist on the goal.
Despite some pressure in the following minutes, however, Canisius was unable to find an equalizer. The Tigers sealed the victory when Matt Garbowsky knocked in a high rebound with 7:05 left in regulation.
RIT outshot the Griffs, 36-16, on the night, which included a 17-5 edge in the opening period. Neither team was able to score in six power-play chances. Shane Madolora recorded 15 saves to earn the win in net for the Tigers.
The two schools wrap up the season series on Saturday, playing in Rochester. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m.
Game Notes: Both teams have now won a 3-1 contest this season ... The team that scores the first goal in Canisius games this season is now 23-2-4 on the year ... The Griffs have allowed only one power-play goal in their last four games and last 25 attempts (killing at a 96 percent rate) ... Canisius has not scored an extra-man goal in its last six contests and last 23 attempts.