CANISIUS GOLDEN GRIFFINS (5-6-4 overall, 4-4-3 Atlantic Hockey)
In their sixth home game since moving to HARBORCENTER, Canisius earned their first win on Black Friday. Canisius defeated the visiting Air Force Falcons 3-1 on Friday afternoon, the team’s first home win since the season opener October 10 against Western Michigan. The Griffs failed to capitalize on that momentum Saturday night, falling behind early as the Falcons picked up a 3-2 victory to split the weekend series.
After surrendering an early goal on Friday, goaltender Reilly Turner rallied to make 29 saves in his third win of the season. Ralph Cuddemi and Shane Conacher earned a goal and an assist each, and Mitch McCrank picked up his third goal of the season.
Air Force made sure to leap out to a larger advantage early on Saturday, accruing a 3-0 lead by the four-minute mark of the second period. Cody Freeman got Canisius on the board scoring a five-on-three goal with 12 minutes to play. With an extra skater in the final minutes, Canisius’ Doug Jessey cut the deficit to one, but the team could not find the equalizer before time expired. Turner made 16 saves in the loss.
Turner continued the strong start to his collegiate career and was honored with Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week honors, announced by the conference on Tuesday. Turner combined for 45 saves on the weekend, including 29 stops in a 3-1 victory on Friday.
With an assist in Saturday’s game, Conacher moved into a tie for 10th in the nation in scoring with 17 points (5+12) in 13 games.
Canisius returns to HARBORCENTER next weekend, as AIC comes to Buffalo for a two-game series. The Griffs swept two contests with AIC on the road from October 24-25. After this series, Canisius is off until January 2.
NIAGARA PURPLE EAGLES (3-9-0 overall, 3-5-0 Atlantic Hockey)
Riding high after last weekend’s sweep of Army, the Purple Eagles had no games over the holiday weekend, giving them time to prepare for next weekend’s series with Holy Cross.
Niagara’s recent resurgence has been due in part to improved play in net from sophomore Jackson Teichroeb. After missing the first six games of the season, Teichroeb has started six straight games for the Purple Eagles. Over the team’s current three-game winning streak, Teichroeb has a goals-against average of 1.33 and .951 save%.Upcoming Games
- Friday, December 5 vs. Holy Cross (7 p.m., Dwyer Arena)
- Saturday, December 6 vs. Holy Cross (7 p.m., Dwyer Arena)
- Friday, December 12 @ RIT (7:05 p.m.)
- Saturday, December 13 vs. RIT (7 p.m., Dwyer Arena)
RIT TIGERS (4-8-2 overall, 3-5-2 Atlantic Hockey)
In a tough non-conference matchup on Saturday, RIT came up short in a 2-0 loss to the Yale Bulldogs.
After averaging three goals per game over their last four contests, the RIT offense was held totally in check by Yale. The Tigers could not score on any of their 21 shots, as Brady Norrish led the way with four shots on goal. Mike Rotolo stopped 29 saves for RIT in the loss.
The Tigers have this upcoming weekend to prepare for a home-and-home with Niagara from December 12-13. Those two games will be the last for RIT in the calendar year.Upcoming Games
- Friday, December 12 vs. Niagara (7:05 p.m., Gene Polisseni Center)
- Saturday, December 13 @ Niagara (7:05 p.m.)
BUFFALO STATE BENGALS (1-5-2 overall, 1-3-2 SUNYAC)
In their toughest matchup of the season, Buffalo State traveled to Wisconsin for a matchup with NCAA Division III-leading St. Norbert. The Green Knights flexed their muscles in both games of the weekend series, earning a 7-0 win Friday night and an 8-0 win on Saturday.
Goaltender Ian Sylves was tasked with facing a large number of shots each night for Buffalo State. The freshman stopped 31 of 38 shots on Friday night before stopping 37 of 45 in Saturday’s loss. The Bengals have been struggling on offense lately, scoring just three goals in their last four games after totaling 15 in the season’s first four games.
Buffalo State concludes their seven-game road stretch with trips to Brockport and Geneseo this weekend.Upcoming Games
- Friday, December 5 @ Brockport (7 p.m.)
- Saturday, December 6 @ Geneseo (7 p.m.)
- Saturday, December 13 vs. Johnson & Wales (4 p.m., Buffalo State Ice Arena)