Dec. 29, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Four different players scored and Canisius continued its stellar defensive play and beat Army, 5-1, Saturday night in an Atlantic Hockey Association contest at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.
Canisius, among the stingiest teams in all of college hockey, limited Army to one goal and improved to 6-7-3 overall and 5-3-2 in league games.
Army goalie Ryan Leets made a career-best 46 saves but the Black Knights felt to 5-8-2 overall and 5-3-2 in league contests.
Canisius entered the game allowing just 1.9 goals per game and lowered that number.
Zak Zaremba scored for Army, with assists from John Clark and Josh Richards.
Leets was tested early and often. He made 14 saves in the first, 16 in the second and 16 in the final stanza. Canisius goalie Tony Capobianco was credited with 18 saves.
Army killed off eight of nine Canisius power play opportunities.
Each team had chances early but it was Canisius that struck first with a power play goal midway through the first period. With an Army player off for five minutes, Ryan Bohrer scored his first goal of the season with 1:16 left in the major penalty at the 9:46 mark.
The Golden Griffins extended their lead to 2-0 as Matt Grazen scored off a faceoff in the Army end of the ice three minutes later.
Canisius made it a 3-0 contest 68 seconds into the game after Preston Shupe re-directed a shot past Leets for his fifth goal of the season.
Army used a strong penalty kill to keep its deficit at three, killing a 5-on-3 Canisius power play seconds later.
The Black Knights got on the scoreboard with 13 minutes remaining in the second period. Richards exchanged a pass with Clark, who fired in a shot from just inside the blue line. The puck went off of Zaremba’s chest and in. It was the fourth goal of the season for Zaremba, the third assist for Clark and the fourth for Richards.
Army had their first power play opportunity moments later but didn’t get any closer.
Canisius netted its fourth goal of the game when Patrick Sullivan poked the puck past Leets, who thought he was interfered, with for a 4-1 lead after two periods.
Army opened the final period with 1:24 of a power play chance after Canisius was called for too many men on the ice but the Black Knights were unable to convert the opportunity.
The Black Knights had to kill four more Canisius power play opportunities in the first half of the final period.
The Golden Griffins added the final goal when Shupe scored his second, on a breakaway with 3:44 left to play.
Army will conclude its season series with Canisius, Sunday at 7:05 p.m. at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. The Black Knights will return home to Tate Rink Jan. 4-5 against Robert Morris. Friday’s game will be televised live by CBS College Sports Network and will face-off at 7:35 p.m. Saturday’s contest is the annual House of Blues, a prostate cancer awareness evening. For tickets, visit www.goARMYsports.com, call 1-877-TIX-ARMY or stop by the ticket office at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.
GAME NOTES: Army’s starting lineup consisted of Brian Schultz, R.J. Burns, Zak Zaremba, Cheyne Rocha and John Clark with Ryan Leets in goal … It marked the 47th start of his career … Major Derek Burt of the Math Department served as the Officer Representative … Army and the New York Jets shared the same hotel Saturday evening … Sophomore Maurice Alvarez was again listed as a forward. Alvarez played his freshman season and the first 12 games of the season on defense before being moved to right wing … Army captain Cheyne Rocha participated in a pre-game ceremonial faceoff as part of Military Appreciation Day … Leets previous career-best was 43 saves against Robert Morris on Jan. 21, 2011 …Leets now has four games with 40 or more saves.
CANISIUS 5, ARMY 1
CAN – Bohrer (McKellar, Cuddemi), PP, 9:46
CAN – Grazen (Shupe, Lindsay), 12:45
CAN – Shupe (Grazen, Lindsay), 1:08
ARMY – Zaremba (Clark, Richards), 7:03
CAN – Sullivan (Gibbons, Beck), 16:46
CAN – Shupe (Lindsay), 16:16
Shots: Army 19 (6-7-6); Canisius 52 (16-18-17)
Saves: Army 46 (Leets, 60:00, 14-16-16); Canisius 18 (Capobianco, 60:00, 6-6-6)
Power Plays: Army, 0-3; Canisius, 1-9
Penalties: Army, 10-31; Canisius, 4-8