"I thought we played to our capabilities today," said Canisius head coach Dermot McGrane. "Our passing and ball movement were very good and we created a lot of scoring opportunites. We showed a lot of character to keep pressing forward late in the game and I thought it was a well-deserved victory today."
Despite controlling the tempo for the majority of the contest, Canisius found itself trailing until junior Regan Steele set up Falconer's late heroics by netting his second goal of the season with just 2:40 remaining in regulation to force the overtime. The junior received the ball in the closing minutes and back-heeled the ball past the Rider keeper from six yards out, knotting the contest at one with just 160 seconds left in the second half.
Falconer and the Griffs then took advantage of their opportunity in the overtime. Just three minutes after being robbed of the game-winning overtime goal, Falconer found the back of the net with his second chance in the extra session. Rider's Matt Perrella saved freshman Denver Spearman's shot from just outside the box only to see the rebound go to Falconer. The junior forward then finished for his third goal of the season and his second game-winning tally.
Rider netted the only goal in the first 87 minutes of the contest when Dan Friga scored in the 34th minute of play. Corey Diamond sent a through ball to Friga, who then finished for the 1-0 advantage, a lead that would hold until the final minutes before Canisius' late heroics.
Overall, the Griffs dominated the shot totals, outshooting the Broncs, 20-6. Sophomore Ryan Arvin recorded two saves to earn his second victory of the 2011 campaign, while Perrella recorded eight stops for the Broncs.
Canisius wraps up MAAC play next weekend with a road contest at Niagara. The Battle of the Bridge rivals are set to meet in Lewiston with game time scheduled for 5:30 p.m.