Canisius (14-19-3, 11-13-3 AHA) at Bentley (18-12-4, 16-7-4 AHA)
Dates: Friday, March 14 - Sunday, March 16
Times: 7:05 p.m.
Location: Watertown, Mass. | John A. Ryan Skating Arena
TV/Webcast: America One Network
Live Audio: GoGriffs.com
DI Series History: Canisius leads, 23-22-4
After sweeping a two-game series in the first round, the Canisius College hockey team now travels to face second-seeded Bentley in a best 2-of-3 Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinal series. The schools are set to meet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (if necessary) at 7:05 p.m.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
• Canisius (14-19-3, 11-13-3 AHA) earned the seven seed for the AHA Tournament and swept No. 10 Sacred Heart last weekend.
• Senior Tony Capobianco stopped all 58 shots he saw last week in the two shutout wins. He has a 2.73 goals against average and .916 save percentage this season.
• Senior Kyle Gibbons leads Canisius with 34 points, 14 goals, 20 assists and eight power-play tallies this season.
ATLANTIC HOCKEY TOURNAMENT REVIEW
• All four home teams, including Canisius, won last week as the Griffs now advance to play second-seeded Bentley.
• The Falcons took 3-of-4 points against Canisius during the regular season, earning a 4-1 win before the schools played to a 2-2 draw.
• The four advancing teams in the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals will be reseeded next weekend for the league’s semifinals in Rochester.
DANFORD EARNS ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
• Senior defenseman Ben Danford was honored on Thursday with all-conference accolades.
• Danford earned third-team honors, joining Derek Gilham (First Team; 1998-99) and Carl Hudson (Third Team; 2008-09 & Second Team; 2009-10) as the only defenders to earn all-conference accolades.
• The senior has 24 points this season, including a team-best 20 assists.
• Senior netminder Tony Capobianco has saved his best for the Atlantic Hockey Tournament during his career.
• In eight career Atlantic Hockey Tournament contests, Capobianco owns a perfect 8-0-0 record, posting three of his school-record eight career shutouts during the postseason.
• The senior has registered a 1.50 goals against average and .961 save percentage during the eight contests.
CANISIUS - BENTLEY SERIES HISTORY
• In a series that dates back to 1981, Canisius holds a slight advantage in the series, 24-23-4, including a 23-22-4 mark in Division I meetings.
• Bentley took 3-of-4 points against the Griffs this season in Buffalo. The Falcons earned a 4-1 win in the opener before the schools skated to a 2-2 draw in the finale.
• The schools are also meeting in the postseason for the second-straight season and for the fourth time overall. Last season, Canisius swept the Falcons in the first round with 4-0 and 2-1 wins.
• Bentley eliminated Canisius in the 2009 quarterfinals, winning a series, 2-1, while the Falcons also upset the second-seeded Griffs in 2005 in a single-game quarterfinal meeting.
ABOUT THE FALCONS
• Bentley finished second in the Atlantic Hockey standings with a 16-7-4 league record. Overall, the Falcons went 18-12-4 during the regular season.
• The Falcons own one of the nation’s top offenses, ranking eighth in the country and second in Atlantic Hockey with 3.44 goals per game.
• Four different players have recorded at least 30 points for Bentley this season. Brett Gensler leads the squad with 45 points (18g, 27a). Alex Grieve (41 points) and Andrew Gladiuk (36 points) have each recorded a team-best 22 goals, while Steve Weinstein ranks first nationally among defenders with 34 points (1g, 33a).
• Branden Komm has started all 34 games for the Falcons, posting a 2.38 goals against average and .926 save percentage.
Griffs Face Second-Seeded Bentley in AHA Quarters
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics