Canisius (11-18-5, 10-13-2 AHA) vs. RIT (13-14-5, 11-10-4 AHA)
Dates: March 1-2, 2013
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Locations: Rochester, N.Y./Buffalo, N.Y.
Rinks: Ritter Arena/Buffalo State Sports Arena
TV: Time Warner SportsChannel (Fri.)
The Canisius College hockey team concludes the 2012-13 regular season with a home-and-home series with RIT. The teams are set to meet in Rochester on Friday at 7:05 p.m. before wrapping up the year in Buffalo on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
• Canisius is currently in ninth place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with a 10-13-2 league record (11-18-2 overall).
• The Griffs lost a pair of games last weekend to Robert Morris, falling 4-2 at home on Friday and 6-3 in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
• Junior Kyle Gibbons leads the Griffs with 25 points and 15 goals with junior defender Ben Danford posting a team-best 13 assists.
• Junior Tony Capobianco has anchored the nation's 13th-ranked defense with a 2.38 goals against average and .926 save percentage.
• Prior to Saturday's regular-season finale, the Griffs will honor their four seniors for their dedication to the program the last four seasons.
• Chris Barrea, Torrey Lindsay, Ben Parker and Preston Shupe will all be appearing in their final home regular-season game on Saturday.
• The five players have appeared in 445 career games with 145 points, 50 goals and 95 assists.
• Canisius will also honor Jordan Mustard, who has spent the last two years as an undergraduate student coach after playing for the Griffs during the 2010-11 season.
• With just one weekend of the regular-season remaining, the focus will soon turn toward the Atlantic Hockey Tournament.
• Canisius can finish anywhere from sixth to 11th in the final standings.
• The Griffs, who are currently in ninth place, control their path to a home playoff series. If Canisius sweeps RIT, the Griffs can finish no worse than eighth. The Griffs need help to finish higher than eighth.
• One win this weekend clinches no worse than ninth in the standings, while a loss means the highest Canisius can finish is eighth.
• The team's penalty kill has been the strongest aspect of the Griffs' game this season.
• Canisius owns the nation's second-ranked penalty kill unit, successfully killing 90.3 percent of power plays this year (112-of-124).
• Canisius is glad that the month of February is finally over.
• During the last three years, the Griffs have struggled in February with a .292 winning percentage, compared to a .509 percentage in the other months during league play.
• Canisius went 2-6-0 this year with its current five-game losing streak the longest since the 2005-06 season.
CANISIUS - RIT SERIES HISTORY
• In a series that dates back to the Griffs' inaugural season of 1980-81, RIT holds an advantage of 46-12-1 in 59 all-time meetings between the two schools.
• Canisius has played only Mercyhurst more than the Tigers during the program's history.
• Since RIT moved to Division I before the 2005-06 season, the Tigers own a 16-6-0 edge in the series.
• The schools have split four meetings in the last two seasons. Canisius had lost its previous eight games against the Tigers in the three seasons prior.
• Junior Patrick Sullivan led the Griffs to a 6-3 win in the team's only meeting this season, posting two goals and one assist in Rochester. The win ended a seven-game losing streak at Ritter Arena.
ABOUT THE TIGERS
• RIT enters the final weekend of play with a 13-14-5 overall record and an 11-10-4 Atlantic Hockey mark. The Tigers are in tied for sixth in the league standings and can finish anywhere from third to ninth in the final rankings.
• The Tigers split a pair of games last weekend in Rochester against Air Force, falling 5-3 in the opener and winning the finale, 2-1.
• Senior defender Chris Saracino leads the Tigers with 28 points on eight goals and 20 assists. Senior Jeff Smith has netted a team-leading 13 goals.
• Josh Watson and Jordan Ruby have split time in goal. Watson owns a 7-6-4 record with a 3.05 goals against average and .904 save percentage, while Ruby has posted a 6-7-1 mark with a goals against average of 3.16 and a save percentage of .908.