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Hockey Hosts Holy Cross in Weekend Series
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 02/01/2013
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Canisius (9-12-5, 8-7-2 AHA) vs. Holy Cross (13-9-2, 9-6-2 AHA)
Dates: Feb. 2-3, 2013
Times: 3:05 p.m./2:05 p.m.
Location: Buffalo, N.Y.
Rink: Buffalo State Sports Arena

The Canisius College hockey team continues Atlantic Hockey play this weekend with a pair of home games against Holy Cross. The Griffs host the Crusaders on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:05 p.m.

SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
• Canisius is in sixth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with an 8-7-2 league mark and is 9-12-5 overall.
• The Griffs are coming off a split against Mercyhurst, earning a 4-2 home victory on Saturday and falling 5-2 on the road on Tuesday.
• Junior Kyle Gibbons has recorded at least one point in each of his last seven games and leads the team with 19 points and 11 goals.
• Junior Tony Capobianco has anchored the nation's eighth-ranked defense with a 2.21 goals against average and .928 save percentage.

GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION
• The Griffs have been a hard team to beat early in games this season.
• Canisius has allowed only 10 goals in the first period during the 2012-13 campaign (in 26 games), the fewest in Division I.
• Dartmouth, Quinnipiac, Union and Western Michigan all rank second by allowing 11 first-period goals.
• Tony Capobianco owns a 1.13 goals against average and .960 save percentage in the first period this season.

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 11 goals and eight assists in 17 games.
• Gibbons' 11 goals during that time are tied for the third most in the country. He has netted at least one goal in 10 of the last 17 games.
• The junior now leads Canisius with 19 points and 11 goals this year. He is also tied for first in Atlantic Hockey with 10 tallies in league play.

WE'RE GOING STREAKING!
• Kyle Gibbons' strong play since Nov. 10 has been highlighted by his consistent play during the month of January.
• The junior has recorded at least one point in a career-best seven-straight games, totaling 11 points, six goals and five assists.
• The last Griff with a longer streak was Cory Conacher, who recorded a point in 12-straight games from Nov. 20, 2009 to Jan. 16, 2010.

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 sixth-place Griffs had just earned ties in each of their three overtime losses, Canisius would be in second in the AHA standings.

CANISIUS - HOLY CROSS SERIES HISTORY
• The Crusaders hold a 31-12-9 advantage in a series that dates back to 1986, including a 27-10-9 edge in Division I meetings.
• Holy Cross has controlled the series as of late, going 8-1-1 against the Griffs in the last 10 meetings. Canisius has not won a regular-season meeting between the schools since Feb. 17, 2008.
• Last season, the Crusaders earned a sweep in Worcester, using a late tally to win the opener, 3-2, before posting a 4-0 victory in the finale.

ABOUT THE CRUSADERS
• Holy Cross is currently tied for third in the Atlantic Hockey standings with a 9-6-2 league record. The Crusaders are 13-9-2 overall this season.
• The team has split each of its three league series since coming back from the holiday break, including last weekend against Bentley.
• Kyle Fletcher leads the Crusaders with 23 points on nine goals and 14 assists. Brandon Nunn and Adam Schmidt have each netted a team-best 10 goals.
• Matt Ginn has started 22-of-24 games in net, posting a 2.89 goals against average and .912 save percentage.


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