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Canisius Hockey Eliminated by Connecticut

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 03/03/2012
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Storrs, Conn. - The Canisius College hockey team suffered a 4-0 loss to host Connecticut on Saturday night, ending the Griffs' season in the Atlantic Hockey First Round. Canisius finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 10-22-4 record, while the Huskies advance to the league quarterfinals with a 15-17-4 mark.

"It was a tough loss," said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. "We were hanging around but couldn't find the back of their net as their goaltender made some key saves at the end of each period. We worked hard for our chances but couldn't generate anything on the scoreboard. The legacy for seniors Dan Morrison and Scott Moser won't end today. It will be carried throughout this group from all that they have taught them. Their fingerprints will stick with this program for a long time."

Senior Dan Morrison finished his record-setting career at Canisius with 22 saves in his final collegiate game.

The Huskies scored two goals 1:28 apart halfway through the first period to take a 2-0 advantage. Cole Schneider and Ryan Tyson both netted goals on a rush for a lead Connecticut would not relinquish.

The two early goals held up for the Huskies as Canisius, despite a number of chances, could not get the puck back into the back of the net. Freshman defender Stephen Farrell had an opportunity with two minutes remaining in the second frame on the power play and classmate Logan Roe had a look with 10 minutes left in regulation but both times, Connecticut's Garrett Bartus came up with a big save.

The Huskies sealed the victory and series sweep when Jordan Sims knocked in a rebound with 5:02 remaining in the third period. Connecticut then added an empty-net goal with the Griffs on the power play with 3:04 remaining for the 4-0 final.

Both teams fired 26 shots on goal during the contest, while neither team scored on the power play. Canisius went 0-for-4 with the extra-man advantage and killed the only two Connecticut power-play attempts.

Bartus stopped all 26 Canisius shots on goal for the Huskies to earn the shutout victory.

Game Notes: The game marked the final collegiate games for seniors Morrison and captain Scott Moser ... Morrison finishes his career with a school-record 2,829 career saves ... Moser finished his career with 59 points, 23 goals and 36 assists ... The Griffs were shutout for the sixth time this season, extending the program's record ... Canisius is winless in its last six games against Connecticut (0-5-1).

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