Dates: Jan. 26 & 29, 2013
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Locations: Buffalo, N.Y./Erie, Pa.
Rinks: Buffalo State Sports Arena/Mercyhurst Ice Center
The Canisius College hockey team looks to rebound with a pair of games against Atlantic Hockey rival Mercyhurst in a home-and-home series. The schools are set to meet at the Buffalo State Sports Arena on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. before squaring off in Erie on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
• Canisius enters the weekend in seventh place in the Atlantic Hockey standings at 7-6-2 and is 8-11-5 overall.
• The Griffs suffered their first conference sweep last weekend, falling to Bentley, 3-2 in overtime and 7-2. The seven goals allowed on Saturday are the most surrendered by Canisius this season.
• Junior Kyle Gibbons led the Griffs with three points (1g, 2a) during the weekend and now leads the team with 16 points and 10 goals.
• Junior Tony Capobianco has anchored the nation's seventh-ranked defense with a 2.13 goals against average and .930 save percentage.
SO CLOSE BUT YET SO FAR
• If Canisius didn't have bad luck this season, they'd have no luck at all.
• The Griffs are still looking for their first one-goal victory of the season, going 0-7-0 in games decided by a tally.
• In addition, the team is 0-3-5 in overtime contests this year.
• If the seventh-place Griffs had just earned ties in each of their three overtime losses, Canisius would be in second in the AHA standings.
GIBBONS REBOUNDS TO TAKES SCORING LEAD
• After a slow start to the year, junior Kyle Gibbons has taken the lead for the Griffs.
• Gibbons did not register a point in his first eight games (Canisius' first nine games).
• Since Nov. 10, however, Gibbons has returned to form, recording 10 goals and six assists in 15 games.
• Gibbons' 10 goals during that time are tied for the third most in the country. He has netted at least one goal in nine of the last 15 games.
• The junior now leads Canisius with 16 points and 10 goals this year. He also ranks second in AHA with nine tallies in league play.
ADVANTAGE CANISIUS ON THE PENALTY KILL?
• The Griffs' penalty kill has been so good in Atlantic Hockey play that it has almost been to their advantage to be a man down.
• Canisius has allowed only four power-play goals in 51 attempts in AHA play, killing 92.2 percent of its opponents' extra-man chances.
• During the same 51 power plays, Canisius has nearly equaled its opponents' total with three short-handed tallies.
DEFENSE AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
• Overall, the Griff defense has been among the hardest to beat this year.
• Canisius has allowed only 51 goals in 24 games this season.
• The Griffs currently rank seventh nationally and first in Atlantic Hockey with a scoring defense of 2.13 goals per game.
CANISIUS - MERCYHURST SERIES HISTORY
• The Griffs have faced the Lakers more than any other school in the program's history.
• In 71 all-time meetings, Mercyhurst holds a 38-24-9 advantage against Canisius, including a 25-17-8 edge in Division I meetings.
• Despite holding a 39-23 advantage in shots in a meeting earlier in the season, the Lakers edged the Griffs with a 3-2 overtime victory in Erie.
• Overall, Canisius has enjoyed an 8-5-0 edge against the Lakers since the current seniors first arrived on campus but the Lakers have won four of the last five meetings.
ABOUT THE LAKERS
• Mercyhurst enters the weekend in second place of the Atlantic Hockey standings with a 9-5-0 league mark and is 11-9-1 overall.
• The Lakers split each of their last five weekend series, losing the opener and winning the finale.
• Ryan Misiak leads the team with 20 points on seven goals and 13 assists this season. Chis Bodo has netted a team-best 10 goals, including a Division I best eight power-play tallies.
• Max Strang and Jordan Tibbett have split time in goal. Strang owns an 8-4-0 record with a 2.73 goals against average and .922 percentage, while Tibbett has recorded a 2.82 goals against average and .924 save percentage to go along with a 3-5-0 record.