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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – A tally 12 seconds into the game was the only score as the second-ranked Minnesota Gophers edged the Canisius College Golden Griffins on Sunday afternoon, 1-0, in front of 7,876 fans at Mariucci Arena. The loss drops the Griffs 1-4-1 on the season with the nationally-ranked Gophers improving to 4-1-0. Minnesota earned the one-goal victory despite a strong effort from junior netminder Tony Capobianco (Mississauga, Ontario). The junior finished the contest with 41 saves on the night to keep the Griffs within striking distance of the No. 2 Gophers. “We played hard and smart hockey today and gave ourselves a chance to win the in the end,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. “If their goalie doesn’t make two great saves in the last minute, we go into overtime against a very good Minnesota team. It is important that we take today’s effort into next weekend’s games and into conference play.”

CANISIUS 1 – AIR FORCE 1 (Oct. 25)
BUFFALO, NY – Canisius College opened Atlantic Hockey play with a 1-1 tie against Air Force on Thursday. “It was a total team effort,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. “We had a lot of good offensive chances tonight but their goalie played well. I like our game from our goaltending on out and I’m real happy with our physical play and strong skating.” Junior Taylor Law (Markham, Ontario) scored the Griffs’ lone goal of the night with junior netminder Tony Capobianco (Mississauga, Ontario) anchoring the Canisius defense with 17 saves.

NIAGARA 4 – CLARKSON 4 (Oct. 27)
POTSDAM, N.Y. – Niagara battled back from a first period three-goal deficit to come out with a 4-4 draw against the Clarkson Golden Knights on Saturday evening at Cheel Arena. After finding the tying goal in the final minutes of the second period, the Purple Eagles (2-2-3) held onto a 4-3 lead for four minutes of the third period before the Golden Knights (0-4-1) tallied the equalizer to send the contest into extra time. The teams traded opportunities, with Niagara outshooting Clarkson by a 4-2 margin, but neither the Purps or Golden Knights could find the back of the net. “Coming up to the north country is historically one of the toughest trips in college hockey,” head coach David Burkholder said. “For us to get three out of four points on the road is a real testament to the warriors in the locker room.”

NIAGARA 2 – CLARKSON 0 (Oct. 26)
POTSDAM, N.Y. – Niagara blanked Clarkson for the 2-0 victory on Friday evening at Cheel Arena in the first game of the two-set series. Special teams was the difference in the win over the Golden Knights (0-4-0), as the Purple Eagles (2-2-2) got a power play score from Dan Kolenda, while the penalty killing unit killed off five man-disadvantages, including 1:40 worth of 5-on-3 action in the second period. NU also received a score from senior Marc Zanette, while Patrick Divjak, Kevin Ryan, Ryan Murphy and Giancarlo Iuorio added helpers. Carsen Chubak made a career-high 44 saves against the Golden Knights, including 19 in the final period, for his first shutout victory of his career.

BUFFALO, NY – Mike Zannella (Ithaca, NY/Ithaca) lead Buffalo State (1-1-1/0-1-1) with two goals and an assist as the Bengals played Geneseo (2-1-1/1-0-1) to a 4-4 draw in a SUNYAC game tonight at the Ice Arena. Trevor McKinney (Oakwood, ON/Sinclair) and Mac Balson (Lakefield, ON/Adam Scott CVI) also scored for Buffalo State. Anthony Orange (Plainfield, IL/Plainfield South) and Kyle Whipple (Tonawanda, NY/Kenmore West) chipped in two assists apiece. Ryan Salkeld (Suffolk, VA/Churchland), Nick Melligan (Sanborn, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) and Jason Cleaver (York, PA/Central York) each had one helper.

BUFFALO, NY – Buffalo State (1-1/0-1) dominated the third period with a 22-1 advantage in shots, but Brockport’s (1-1/1-0) lone shot found the Bengals’ empty net as the visitors skated away with a 4-2 victory in the SUNYAC opener for both teams Friday at the Ice Arena. Brockport jumped out to a 2-0 lead late in the opening frame before Nick Melligan (Sanborn/Niagara-Wheatfield) scored his first of two goals to cut the lead in half with just over two minutes remaining in the first. The Golden Eagles outshot Buffalo State 15-8 in the opening 20 minutes. Buffalo State evened the score just 2:01 into the second when Melligan slid a low shot on a 2-on-1 to the back of the net. Brockport netted the game-winner midway through the period, however, when a seeing-eye shot found its way from the point inside the left post while each team had a man in the penalty box. Buffalo State outshot Brockport 44-25 for the game. Kevin Carr (Unionville, ON/Unionville) made 21 stops for the Bengals.

For the second time this season Niagara’s Carsen Chubak was named Atlantic Hockey Association Goalie of the Week after making 67 stops during the two-game set against ECAC opponent Clarkson this past weekend. The junior pushed aside a career-high 44 shots in the 2-0 win on Friday, for his first shutout victory of his career. Chubak added another 23 stops in the 4-4 draw the following day after that included two in extra time. The Prince Albert, Sask. native took over goaltending duties about midway through the first period, allowing only one goal in 57.24 minutes of play. Chubak is 2-1-3 so far this season, making 194 saves for a 1.64 goals-against average and .951 save percentage.

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