Canisius (13-18-5, 12-13-2 AHA) vs. Bentley (12-18-3, 10-14-3 AHA) Atlantic Hockey First Round Series Dates: March 8-10, 2013 Time: 7:05 p.m. Location: Buffalo, N.Y. Rink: Buffalo State Sports Arena
The seventh-seeded Canisius hockey team opens the playoffs with a home series against No. 10 Bentley. The teams are set to meet in the Atlantic Hockey First Round on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (if necessary) with game times slated for 7:05 p.m. at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
• Canisius placed seventh in the 2012-13 Atlantic Hockey regular season standings with a 12-13-2 mark. The Griffs are 13-18-5 overall.
• The Griffs moved from ninth to seventh last weekend with the program's first-ever sweep of RIT, posting 6-5 and 4-2 wins.
• Junior Kyle Gibbons, the current Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week, leads the Griffs with 30 points, 16 goals and 14 assists this season.
• Junior Tony Capobianco has anchored the nation's 17th-ranked defense with a 2.42 goals against average and .925 save percentage.
ATLANTIC HOCKEY FIRST ROUND PREVIEW
• The seventh-seeded Griffs are hosting 10th-seeded Bentley in the best 2-of-3 first-round series this weekend.
• Canisius' sweep over RIT last weekend allowed the Griffs to pass the Falcons in the standings and earn home ice for the first-round series.
• Bentley swept a pair of games against Canisius in Waltham, posting a 3-2 overtime victory and a 7-2 win in the finale.
• The advancing team will be reseeded for another best 2-of-3 series. Canisius can play at #2 Air Force, #3 Holy Cross or #4 Connecticut.
GIBBONS NAMED AHA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• Junior Kyle Gibbons is entering the postseason on a high note, earning his first career Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week honors on Monday.
• Gibbons led the Griffs with five points in a weekend sweep over RIT. He recorded two assists in Friday's 6-5 win before matching a career high with three points on one goal and two assists in Saturday's 4-2 win.
• The junior leads Canisius with 30 points, 16 goals and 14 assists this year.
TEAM'S ANCHOR NEARS A SCHOOL RECORD
• Junior Tony Capobianco has led the Griff defense throughout the season and is about to be rewarded.
• Capobianco has recorded 985 saves this season and is just eight stops shy of the school record.
• Dan Morrison holds the current record with 993 saves, set in 2010-11.
GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION
• The Griffs have been a hard team to beat early in games this season.
• Canisius has allowed only 15 goals in the first period during the 2012-13 campaign (in 36 games), ranking second nationally (top-ranked Quinnipiac is first with 14 goals allowed).
• Tony Capobianco owns a 1.24 goals against average and .958 save percentage in the first period.
CANISIUS - BENTLEY SERIES HISTORY
• In a series that dates back to 1981, the teams are deadlocked at 22-22-3.
• The schools have met twice in the postseason with Bentley advancing each time. In 2005, seventh-seeded Bentley defeated second-seeded Canisius, 4-2, in the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals. Then in 2009, the fourth-seeded Falcons won 2-of-3 games in a quarterfinal series.
• Since this year's senior first arrived on campus, eight of the 10 games between the two schools have been decided by just one goal (not including empty-net goals). Overall, Bentley holds a slight 33-32 edge in goals in the last 10 meetings.
• The Falcons swept a pair of games earlier in the season in Waltham, posting a 3-2 overtime win in the opener and responding with a 7-2 victory in the finale.
ABOUT THE FALCONS
• Bentley finished the regular season in 10th place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with a 10-14-3 record. The Falcons are 12-18-3 overall.
• After a win against Holy Cross on Jan. 25, Bentley sat in third place in the league standings. However, a 1-8-2 finish to the year dropped the Falcons to 10th in the final standings.
• Brett Gensler leads all of Atlantic Hockey with 40 points this season, netting 16 goals to go along with 24 assists. Alex Grieve ranks second on the team with 31 points (10g, 21a).
• Branden Komm has started 31-of-33 games for the Falcons with a 3.16 goals against average and .914 save percentage.
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