Canisius (15-18-5, 12-13-2 AHA) at Air Force (17-11-7, 15-7-5 AHA)
Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinal Series
Dates: March 15-17, 2013
Time: 9:05 p.m. ET
Location: USAF Academy, Colo.
Rink: Cadet Ice Arena
After earning a two-game sweep against Bentley last weekend, the seventh-seeded Canisius College hockey team travels to face No. 2 Air Force in the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals. The teams are set to meet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (If necessary) at 9:05 p.m. ET.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
• Canisius finished the regular-season in seventh place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with a 12-13-2 mark. The Griffs are 15-18-5 overall.
• Last weekend, the Griffs swept 10th-seeded Bentley in a best 2-of-3 series, earning a 4-0 win in the opener and 2-1 win in the finale.
• Junior Kyle Gibbons continues to lead the Griffs offense. Posting multiple points in four-straight games, he has a team-best 34 points, 16 goals and 18 assists.
• Junior Tony Capobianco has anchored the nation's 11th-ranked defense with a 2.31 goals against average and .929 save percentage.
ATLANTIC HOCKEY TOURNAMENT REVIEW
• All four home teams, including Canisius, won last week as the Griffs now advance to play second-seeded Air Force.
• In addition, all four western pod teams were victorious, leaving six western teams remaining and just two eastern squads.
• During the regular season, Air Force was 2-0-1 against Canisius with all three games coming down to the final minutes.
• The four advancing teams in the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals will be reseeded next weekend for the league's semifinals in Rochester.
PEAKING AT THE RIGHT TIME
• Canisius is entering the weekend playing its best hockey of the year.
• The Griffs have won their last four games with their first-ever sweep of RIT to earn home ice and following with the sweep of Bentley.
• The four-game winning streak is the longest for the team since also winning four-straight from Feb. 20 to Feb. 28, 2004.
CAPOBIANCO EARNS AHA GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
• Tony Capobianco carried his superb regular season into the postseason and was rewarded with AHA Goaltender of the Week honors.
• Making his postseason debut last weekend, Capobianco stopped 70-of-71 shots that he faced, posting a .986 save percentage.
• Friday's shutout was just the third in the school's postseason history.
CAPOBIANCO SETS A PAIR OF SCHOOL RECORDS
• Tony Capobianco not only led the Griffs to a pair of wins last week, but also set two school records.
• Capobianco now has 1,055 saves this season, surpassing the previous record of 993 held by Dan Morrison (2010-11).
• The junior also recorded his fourth shutout of the season, breaking a tie he shared with five other goalies.
CANISIUS - AIR FORCE SERIES HISTORY
• Air Force is 9-5-7 all-time against Canisius, including a 4-3-4 edge in Colorado.
• The Falcons are unbeaten in their last 10 games with the Griffs, going 5-0-5 during that span.
• Despite not earning a win in the last 10 meetings against Air Force, the series has been very competitive and close. Of the last 14 games between the two schools, the teams have either played to a draw or a one-goal game (not including empty-netters) 11 times.
• Air Force was 2-0-1 against Canisius this season. The teams battled to a 1-1 draw in Buffalo in October before the Falcons swept a pair of games at home in February (3-1 and 3-2).
• The 3-2 loss in the finale marked the only time in the last three seasons that Canisius lost a game when holding a lead at the second intermission.
• The schools are meeting for the first time in the postseason.
ABOUT THE FALCONS
• Air Force finished second in the Atlantic Hockey standings thanks to a strong finish to the season. The Falcons went 11-2-3 in their last 16 games to finish with a 15-7-5 league record and a 17-11-7 overall mark.
• The Falcons have won the last two Atlantic Hockey Championships and five of the last six.
• Kyle De Laurell leads the Falcons with 33 points on 18 goals and 15 assists. Stephen Carew (11g, 16a) and Tony Thomas (9g, 18a) rank second on the team with 27 points.
• Jason Torf has appeared in all 35 games for the team, posting a 2.26 goals against average and .921 save percentage.