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Griffs Meet UConn in Atlantic Hockey First Round

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 02/29/2012
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Canisius (10-20-4, 10-14-3) at Connecticut (13-17-4, 12-12-3)
Dates: March 2-4, 2012
Times: 7:05 p.m.
Location: Storrs, Conn.
Rink: Freitas Ice Forum

The Canisius College hockey team opens the 2012 Atlantic Hockey Tournament with a first-round series at Connecticut. The Griffs and Huskies begin their best 2-of-3 series on Friday night in Storrs, Conn.

• The Griffs finished the 2011-12 season as the ninth-placed team in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 23 points and are set to play at No. 8 seed Connecticut, who finished four points ahead of Canisius.
• The teams played two games earlier in the season in Buffalo with the Huskies winning both contests, 6-2 and 4-3.
• The advancing teams will be reseeded next weekend for another best 2-of-3 series at one of the top four league teams.

• Connecticut are the only team to top the Griffs twice in Buffalo this season.
• Special teams was the edge in the opener as the Huskies netted two power-play goals and one short-handed tally.
• The second game was the only contest all year that Canisius lost a game it held a lead in, allowing two goals in the final eight minutes for the one-goal defeat.
• Four players led the Griffs with two points in the series (Gibbons, Law, McCrank and Sullivan), while Cole Schneider and Jordan Sims led the Huskies with four points.

• Canisius is in its 14th season competing at the Division I level, having compiled a 9-16-0 postseason record during that span.
• The Griffs are 6-11-0 all-time in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament, including a 1-1-0 record in the first round.
• Canisius and Connecticut have met once in the postseason with the Griffs earning a 4-1 victory in the 2001 MAAC Quarterfinals in Buffalo.
• Last season, the Griffs advanced in the postseason for the second-straight year for the first time in the program's history. Canisius defeated local rival Niagara, 6-3 in the Atlantic Hockey First Round before falling to Holy Cross in a best 2-of-3 quarterfinal series, two games to one.

• If Canisius hopes to advance in the 2012 Atlantic Hockey Tournament, the Griffs will have to upset a number foes, starting with No. 8 Connecticut in the first round.
• The Griffs are 7-13-0 all-time in their postseason history as the lower seed.
• Canisius is the only team in Atlantic Hockey history to win a best 2-of-3 series as the lower seed. The Griffs swept No. 4 Mercyhurst as the fifth seed in the 2012 Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals.
• Overall, the lower seed is 1-16 in series in Atlantic Hockey history.
• Last season, Canisius - the western's division sixth seed - eliminated No. 3 Niagara in a single-game elimination before falling two games to one against the third overall seed Holy Cross.

• In a series that dates back to the 1984-85 season, Canisius holds a 24-19-6 advantage against the Huskies, including a 22-15-6 edge in Division I meetings.
• The Huskies are 3-0-1 against the Griffs in the last four meetings. Canisius, however, dominated the series before the last four matchups, going 14-5-2 in the 21 games prior against Connecticut.
• The Griffs own a slight edge in meetings in Storrs, going 13-12-2 at Connecticut.
• The teams have one postseason meeting, playing in the 2001 MAAC Tournament. The Griffs earned a 4-1 victory in the conference's quarterfinals in Buffalo.

• Connecticut finished eighth in the Atlantic Hockey standings after compiling a 12-12-3 record against conference foes. Overall, the Huskies are 13-17-4 on the season.
• The Huskies earned three points last weekend against AIC after going winless in their previous six contests (0-5-1).
• Connecticut is led on the offensive end by Cole Schneider, who has totaled 35 points, 18 goals and 17 assists during the season.
• Brant Harris ranks second on the team with 28 points and 15 goals. He also leads all Atlantic Hockey players and ranks sixth nationally with nine power-play tallies.
• Garrett Bartus has started all 34 games in goal for the Huskies, posting a 2.58 goals against average and .921 save percentage.

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