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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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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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