December 7, 2013 - 10:02 AM
December 7, 2013 - 8:00 AM
by Amy Moritz
A night of individual milestone goals highlighted a complete team effort for the Canisius hockey team as the Golden Griffins trounced Army, 8-2, in an Atlantic Hockey matchup Friday night.
Senior Kyle Gibbons scored twice to give him 50 career goals. He became the third player in the Division I era with 50 career goals, joining Cory Conacher (2007-11) and Jason Weeks (2006-10).
Speaking of Cory Conancher, his younger brother, Shane, scored his first collegiate goal. He gathered a loose puck at the blueline and scored from the slot at 6:49 of the third period. It was just the third complete game for Shane after his jaw was broken in the season opener at Niagara.
A few other offensive notes from the contest:
- Tyler Wiseman became the first Canisius player in the program’s history to score a 3-on-5 short-handed goal. The junior stole the puck in the neutral zone and then knocked in his own rebound at the 3:11 mark of the third period.
- Canisius scored five goals in the final period. That's the most goals by the Griffs in a single period in since Jan. 18, 2003 when they netted five in the second in a 5-2 against UConn.
- The eight goals by the Griffs are the most since also scoring eight in a win over American International on Jan. 24, 2011
- Junior Braeden Rigney scored what proved to the game-winner in the third period to break a 2-2 tie. He now has six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven games after recording 11 points in his first 57 career contests.
December 6, 2013 - 11:36 PM
Siena 84, Niagara 71
How Siena Won: In the words of Saints coach Jimmy Patsos, the Saints made it a priority to "engage" Antoine Mason whenever the nation's leading scorer touched the ball. The in-your-face approach limited Mason's dribble-penetration and made Niagara look elsewhere for points. Rayvon Harris stepped up but Purple Eagles needed more.
Turning Point: The game was tied at 26 after a Niagara rally but the Saints went on a 21-9 run to end the half, opening a 12-point lead that was never seriously threatened.
Player of the Game: I've always like Rob Poole's game and the Siena junior guard could be in for a big season given the Saints' size and physicality up front. He struck for 21 points, going 4 of 6 from three.
Stat Check: The final stats say Niagara outscored Siena 46-38 in the paint. How so? Niagara was down 26-18 in the paint at halftime. They scored 36 second-half points. Eight of those came at the free throw line.
Stat Check II: Niagara went 0 for 13 from three. Momma said there'd be nights like that.
Minutes Made: Joe Thomas barely saw the floor in the first half but had four points, four blocks and six boards in the second half. Niagara could have used him when Siena was having its way underneath early.
What It Means: Niagara's losing streak hit seven with a loss in the MAAC opener. Its only victory this season? UB.
In the House: They're taking a wait-and-see approach to Chris Casey's tenure on The Ridge. There were 1,442 on hand, about 1,000 under capacity.
What's Next: Niagara entertains Saint Peter's Sunday afternoon while Siena motors down the road to Canisius.
-- Bob DiCesare
December 6, 2013 - 3:52 PM
December 6, 2013 - 12:50 PM
By Bob DiCesare
UB linebacker Khalil Mack received some more hardware for the trophy case with today's annoucement that he's the winner of the Jack Lambert Award presented annually by the Touchdown Club of Columbus to the nation's premier linebacker.
The award comes two days after Mack was named the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year and about a month after he became just the second player in UB history selected to participate in the Senior Bowl. Mack also is a finalist for the Dick Butkus Award, with announcement of that winner coming on or before Tuesday. The Butkus Award also goes to the nation's top linebacker.
Mack is the first MAC linebacker to capture the Lambert Trophy, created in honor of former Kent State standout Jack Lambert. The award has a storied history. Past winners are:
|2011||Luke Kuechly||Boston College|
|2010||Von Miller||Texas A&M|
|2008||James Laurinaitis||Ohio State|
|2007||James Laurinaitis||Ohio State|
|2006||Patrick Willis||Ole Miss|
|2005||A.J. Hawk||Ohio State|
|2003||Jonathan Vilma||Miami (FL)|
|2000||Dan Morgan||Miami (FL)|
|1999||LaVar Arrington||Penn State|
|1998||Dat Nuygen||Texas A&M|
|1997||Andy Katzenmoyer||Ohio State|
|1994||Derrick Brooks||Florida State|
|1992||Marvis Jones||Florida State|
The Lambert Award will be presented to Mack during the Touchdown Club of Columbus awards dinner Feb. 8.
Mack set one NCAA career record and tied another during a standout senior season that has vaulted him into the upper tier in many NFL Draft projections. He set the record for career forced fumbles (14) when he produced three during UB's late-season victory over Miami (Ohio. He tied the career mark for tackles for loss (75) in the regular-season finale against Bowling Green and presumably will get a chance to take sole possession of the record in a postseason bowl game. UB expects to learn its bowl fate no later than Sunday night.
December 6, 2013 - 8:53 AM
by Amy Moritz
It's a big conference weekend for Niagara and Canisius with both teams on the road for Atlantic Hockey matchups.
Senior goaltender Tony Capobianco has regained his form from last year after a slow start. In his last four games, he has a 1.72 goals against average and a .945 save percentage. In his first four games, he had a 4.79 goals against average and a .879 save percentage.
The rest of the senior class is stepping up as well. Kyle Gibbons is now two goals shy of 50 for his career while Ben Danford has a team-best eight assists.
"We have a veteran team so it's not as much about Xs and Os as it is about role acceptance and putting team first," Canisius coach Dave Smith said. "Everyone wants success and those things seem to be coming together nicely. We'll have a challenge in West Point. We know what Army is capable of physically and we've got to be on the top of our game."
The Black Knights are 2-7-0 in Atlantic Hockey with its last game a 4-3 overtime win over American International.
Niagara meanwhile travels to Connecticut for games with the Huskies tonight (7 p.m.) and Saturday (4 p.m.).
The Purple Eagles are still looking for their first road win of the season. They're coming off a 4-2 loss at No. 15 Cornell, where coach Dave Burkholder felt his team played its best game of the season.
Freshmen goaltenders Jackson Teichroeb and Adrian Ignagni have been battling for the No. 1 spot. (For the record, Burkholder said neither one has emerged yet as the top goalie.) And the Purps biggest weakness has been its defense.
"We’ve been working and we’ve gotten a lot better with our D-zone coverage, but it’s actually been our backchecking that's the problem," Burkholder said. "We’ll have freeze frames on video where we have five Niagara players in the picture and the other team is still making plays through our five guys. So we’re back, which is great. It shows a strong work ethic, but we’re not playing smart. That's been an issue with us and we think we’ve gotten a lot better."
UConn, in its last season with Atlantic Hockey before moving to Hockey East, is tied with Niagara and Canisius for fourth place in the conference standings. All three teams have seven points.
December 4, 2013 - 3:00 PM
University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack, who last week was named a finalist for the Dick Butkus Award given to the nation's top linebacker, followed that up Wednesday by earning Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Mack is the first UB player to be named the conference's top defender. He led the MAC in sacks with 10.5 and tackles for loss with 19. Mack tops the Bulls in tackles (94), interceptions (three) and forced fumbles (five). He holds the NCAA record for career forced fumbles with 16 and is tied for the NCAA mark in career tackles for loss with 75.
Mack leads a UB-record seven players on the All-MAC team. Running back Branden Oliver, wide receiver Alex Neutz, offensive lineman Jasen Carlson and defensive back Najja Johnson joined Mack on the first team. Fellow linebacker Adam Redden made the third team along with defensive lineman Colby Way.
Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch was named offensive player of the year and his coach, Rod Carey, earned top coach honors. Northern Illinois (12-0) will play for the MAC championship Friday against Bowling Green in Detroit.
In other MAC honors Wednesday, UB punter Tyler Grassman was chosen as the conference's scholar athlete of the week. Grassman, a management major with a 3.83 grade point average, averaged 41.7 yards on nine punts in Friday's loss to Bowling Green.
December 3, 2013 - 5:44 PM
by Amy Moritz
Williamsville native Branden Komm was named the Atlantic Hockey goalie of the month for November.
The senior helped Bentley finish the month on a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1). Komm has allowed six goals in the last four games for a 1.46 goals against average. He has started every game for the Falcons and ranks second in the conference in save percentage (.919) and third in the conference with a 2.69 goals against average.
Bentley is tied for second in the Atlantic Hockey standings with Air Force. Both have nine points, trailing league-leading Mercyhurst by one point. The Falcons host Robert Morris for two games this weekend.
December 3, 2013 - 4:07 PM
by Amy Moritz
They took three of four points from Connecticut this weekend and now they took the spot on Play of The Week.
Over at NCAA.com, Braeden Rigney's goal for the Golden Griffins took the No. 1 spot in the site's Top 5 Plays of the Week.
Rigney, a junior forward, blew by three defenders to score in a 3-1 win on Friday. The teams tied on Saturday. Rigney has five points in eight games this season already equaling his offensive output from last season.
Check out the video:
December 3, 2013 - 1:30 PM
December 2, 2013 - 6:40 PM
by Amy Moritz
It's a senior-heavy class for the Canisius men's hockey program and while they're focused on batting for the Atlantic Hockey title again this year, the Golden Griffins have an eye toward the future. Today they announced four players signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period.
Defender Zack Pittman comes to Canisius from the Lincoln Stars of the USHL, the same junior team that senior forward Kyle Gibbons played for. A native of Macomb, Mich., he has 10 points (four goals, six assists) and is a plus-21 in 76 career games for the Stars. Last season his plus-24 ranking was eighth among USHL defensemen. The USHL is considered the best junior league in the United States.
Jeff Murray, a native of Newmarket, Ontario playing in the OJHL, has 19 goals and 17 assists in 28 games this season for the Whitby Fury. In October, he was invited to the Team Canada East Selection Camp for the 2013 World Junior A Challenge.
The Griffs also signed two Western New Yorkers and members of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres -- Ryan Schmelzer of Buffalo and Nolan Sheeran of East Amherst
Schmelzer is the captain for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres in his third year with the OJHL team. He has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 16 games this season and 132 points (50 goals, 82 assists) in his three-year junior career. Schmelzer also played at Williamsville East.
Sheeran has 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 28 games for the Jr. Sabres this year and 81 points (30 goals, 51 assists) in his two years with the club. He played two seasons at Williamsville North.
December 1, 2013 - 1:17 PM
by Amy Moritz
Canisius had a special visitor take in Saturday night's game with Connecticut. Rick Olczyk, the assistant general manager for the Edmonton Oilers was at the Buffalo State Ice Arena to take in the Atlantic Hockey contest.
The connection? Olczyk and Canisius coach Dave Smith played junior hockey in Stratford, Ontario, which made for a good opportunity to mix visiting an old friend while keeping his eye on potential talent at the college hockey level.
"I'm here looking at potential college free agents and just monitoring guys," Olcyzk said during an intermission interview on the Griffs broadcast. "We also look for invites to our development camp. And Coach Smith puts on a very good program here. Some guys have gone on to the next level and you never know. You've always got to look and find players. I had an open Saturday afternoon and thought I'd spend it in Buffalo."
The most well-known success story for WNY college hockey is Cory Conacher, now with the Ottawa Senators. Also for Canisius, Kyle Gibbons (New Jersey) and Tony Capobianco (Minnesota) each participated in NHL development camps this past summer.
Penalty killing success
After a slow special teams start, the Griffs are returning to solid penalty killing form, a strength that has been key the program's success.
They killed off 21 straight penalties before giving up a power play goal (with an extra attacker) Saturday against UConn. But the Griffs came back to kill off another penalty in overtime, making them successful in 22 of their last 23 kill attempts.
Much of the credit goes to assistant coach B.J. Adams who works with that unit and has the Griffs playing aggressive and smart while trusting goaltender Tony Capobianco.
"If a guy is on his own little island, if the puck goes back along the wall and they're on their own little island, he wants us to cut the guy so he has no where to go, " said Mitch McCrank, a regular on the PK who had a number of key clears last night. "And we trust Capo to save that shot from the side. Those top two guys are pretty important."
By the numbers, the Griffs PK started the season at just a 68.8 success rate. They are now at 80 percent (44 of 55) after holding UConn to 1 for 10 on the power play this weekend. The Huskies, which had the second-best power play in the country, fell to eighth (9 fo 37, 24.32 percent).
November 30, 2013 - 1:30 PM
by Amy Moritz
It's easy to pick out the usual suspects of offensive performance. But what helps a team win is when they get scoring from the unusual sources.
Enter junior forward Braeden Rigney for the Canisius hockey team.
Last season, he had five points (one goal, four assists) in 24 games for the Golden Griffins.
This season he already has five points, in his last five games, including the game-winning goal Friday night in the Ice Griffs 3-1 win over Connecticut.
What's been the difference in his offense this year?
"More just focusing on trying to do something down in their end rather than just getting off the ice," Rigney said. "Moving my feet and my linemates obviously make it a hell of lot easier."
Rigney played on the left wing with Matthew Grazen and Patrick Sullivan, assisting on the first goal of the game recorded by Sullivan just 122 seconds into the game.
“It’s fun when guys like Rigney and Sullivan score,” head coach Dave Smith said. “Those are blood and guts guys. Those are grunt guys who really bring the physical and mental effort.”
Check out the video highlights of the game including the goals by Rigney and Sullivan, some of the prettier goals we've seen this year.
The teams meet again at 4 p.m. today at Buffalo State Ice Arena.
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UB players talk about their excitement in playing Bowling Green at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Friday.
November 27, 2013 - 11:07 AM
By Bob DiCesare
Stand them side by side and there’s little similarity between the UB’s Branden Oliver and Bowling Green’s Travis Greene, the two workhorse running backs in the Black Friday showdown at The Ralph.
Oliver, a senior, goes 5-foot-8, 208 pounds and looks like he could win a head-on collision with a Dodge Ram. Greene, a sophomore, goes 5-10, 176 and looks like he should be playing wide receiver.
Size hasn’t mattered. Greene has carried 205 times for 1,293 yards and nine touchdowns this season and is within striking distance of the school single-season record for rushing yards. No other running back on the roster has carried more than 45 times, although the Falcons typically turn to 260-pound William Houston (11 TDs) in goal-line situations.
When did BG coach Dave Clawson, a Youngstown native and former Lew-Port quarterback, know he had something special in Greene?
November 27, 2013 - 8:29 AM
by Amy Moritz
Perhaps one of the things the Purple Eagles are thankful for is to be finished with their non-conference schedule. Because nothing seemed to go right for Niagara in those games.
Tuesday, the Purps closed out their non-conference slate with a 4-2 loss at No. 14 Cornell. That makes Niagara 0-7-0 in games outside Atlantic Hockey and 0-7-1 in road games.
But the real kicker came when Big Red freshman Mitch Gillam, making his first collegiate start, scored a goal with 8.6 seconds left to ice the game.
The good news: While Niagara dug itself a 2-0 hole, the team played well and battled back to tie the game, 2-2 in the second period.
The heartbreaker: After the Purps killed off a series of penalties, Cornell freshman Patrick McCarron faked his defender to the ice and tucked a perfect shot inside the left post with less than five seconds left in the second period.
The goal heard 'round Twitter: As Niagara pulled its goaltender to put six skaters on the ice, Matt Chartrain shot the puck into the Cornell zone. Gillam gloved the shot, dropped it to his stick and fired in the length of the ice. He became the eighth goalie in NCAA Division I history to be credited with a goal. The last goalie goal was by Kyle Richter of Harvard in 2008. Only two other goaltenders have actively shot the puck into the other team's net -- Mike Mantua (Western Michigan, 2002) and Chad Alban (Michigan State, 1998).
November 26, 2013 - 4:14 PM
November 26, 2013 - 10:49 AM
By Bob DiCesare
Ohio coach Frank Solich is in his 15th season as a head coach, his ninth at Ohio. A Bobcats program that was in tatters before his arrival is bowl-eligible for a fifth straight season (although it's ending the regular season on the skids). Looking ahead to Friday's showdown at The Ralph, I asked him on this week's MAC coaches conference call what makes Bowling Green such a formidable defensive team. Here's what he had to say:
"The last two years we’ve played them they’ve been an excellent football team, maybe arguably the best in the MAC. i think a combination of things. I think they’ve got very good personnel and so when you have excellent personnel and you’re a football team that’s not prone to mistakes, not prone to breakdowns, you’re very gap oriented, your coverages, you don’t have breaks in them, and you’re playing with good players, then you’re tough to beat.
November 26, 2013 - 10:30 AM
November 26, 2013 - 8:40 AM
by Amy Moritz
There have been two major stumbling blocks for the Niagara hockey team this season -- road games and non-conference opponents.
The Purple Eagles have struggled away from Dwyer Arena and with a difficult schedule. It doesn't get easier tonight as they play No. 14 Cornell at Lynah Rink tonight.
Here are the numbers:
- Niagara is 0-6-1 in road games and 0-6-0 against non-conference opponents.
- The last time Niagara had this bad a start was the 2009-10 season when they started 0-6-0 on the road and 0-7-2 against non-conference opponents.
- The Purps finished that 2009-10 season, the last of College Hockey America, 12-20-4. It was the last time the team had a losing season.
- Niagara has never beaten Cornell at Lynah Rink. The Big Red are 8-0 against the Purps at home.
- Cornell (6-3-1) has won three straight and its power play ranks first nationally at 30.61 percent (15 of 49).
But there is good news for the Purps. Despite the road weary record and non-conference woes, they are in second place in Atlantic Hockey. Their 3-2-1 conference record gives them seven points, one behind league-leading Army.
And Niagara returns to Atlantic Hockey for the rest of the season after tonight. They play at Connecticut on Dec. 6-7.
November 25, 2013 - 2:34 PM
By Bob DiCesare
UB senior Khalil Mack displayed his customary humility today in reacting to the announcement he's been named one of five finalists for the Butkus Award presented to college football's top linebacker.
Mack gave credit for him making the cut to his teammates and coaches while attending coach Jeff Quinn's weekly news conference at UB Stadium today. Mack has maintained all season that his success has been a product of those around him, especially Quinn and defensive coordinator Lou Tepper.
"It’s a blessing," Mack said. "It’s a tribute to coach Quinn, coach Tepper, all the coaches that have made it happen. I’m blessed. I can’t say anything other than I’m blessed. And thankful."
Mack is the only one of the five finalists who plays outside a BCS AQ conference. Also in contention for the award are Anthony Barr of UCLA, C.J. Mosley of Alabama, Ryan Shazier of Ohio State and Shayne Skov of Stanford. Shazier, a junior, is the lone non-senior in the group.
The winner is scheduled to be announced on Dec. 10. The award panel consists of 81 coaches, scouts and journalists.
November 20, 2013 - 10:34 AM
by Amy Moritz
Tuesday night belonged to Kyle Gibbons and his 100-point milestone.
But don't lose sight of another key factor for Canisius -- its penalty killing unit.
Last year, the penalty kill was record-setting for the Golden Giffins as their 90.1 percent efficiency ranked as the 11th-best mark in NCAA history. This season, they stumbled, giving up a power play goal in each of their first seven games for just a 68.8 percent success rate.
But it started to turn around against Mercyhurst when Canisius killed off a five minute major at the end of the game to preserve a 4-3 win over the Lakers. And the unit has rolled since then, killing off the last 13 power play attempts for opponents. What's finally clicked?
"We had a great PK last year and I think for a moment there our guys, including the goalies, just forgot how hard it is to be a man down," said senior goaltender Tony Capobianco. "Just how hard you have to work to get in shot lanes, block shots and for the goalie to control your rebound and make it easier for the guys in front of you. Definitley being more aggressive has helped us."
Capobianco made some key saves in Tuesday's 5-2 win over RIT to end his 0-5-0 start to the season. It was a shaky start after he set program records last season in saves, save percentage, shutouts and wins.
"The first three or four games were kind of sloppy for my part," the senior said. "I definitely wasn't happy with my performances. I felt like I was letting the team down. Last weekend at Ohio State I felt like I gave the team a chance to win. I felt like I was getting my sharpness back."
"He's had to work at it," Canisius coach Dave Smith said. "It's more fun when it just comes naturally, but he's worked really hard and I thought at the end of the game he was that confident Capo we saw last year."
November 20, 2013 - 9:20 AM
by Amy Moritz
In the back hallway at the Buffalo State Ice Arena, Kyle Gibbons emerged for his post-game interviews wearing a yellow hard hard. It's the traditional prize awarded in the Canisius dressing room to the team's player of the game. And Tuesday was most definitely Gibbons' night.
The senior scored twice in the third period to help pace the Golden Griffins to a come-from-behind 5-2 win over RIT. Add his assist on Ben Danford's power play goal in the first period and Gibbons had a three-point to reach the 100-point milestone. He had been sitting at 97 career points for the last four games.
But he's had longer scoring droughts. Just look to last season.
Gibbons did not record a point in his first nine games last season. He then came back to lead the country in scoring after Jan. 1 with 35 points. The valuable lesson, however, came not in the comeback, but in the struggle.
"There was a moment early in the year when he was playing some of his best hockey ever," Canisius coach Dave Smith said. "And I told him. And he followed it up with his worst hockey ever. Throughout that time he was not getting points but he was very valuable to our team. I think that's the mature Kyle. Even when he's not producing, he's capable of helping. But when he gets that fire and opportunity he can produce really well. That's a mature senior with high skill. It's fun to coach that."
Gibbons became the eighth player in the Griffs' Division I era to reach the 100-point mark. He is now tied for seventh place on the program's career scoring list with Michael Cohen (2003-07). His 47 career goals ranks fifth all-time.
November 19, 2013 - 8:49 AM
by Amy Moritz
We can't be sad. Not today. It's College Hockey Tuesday!
A handful of games in Atlantic Hockey have been moved out of the traditional weekend slots to Tuesday night. And while media types (like myself) wonder about things like rest, recovery and competitive disadvantage when playing three games in five days against a team that's had a week off, both Canisius and Niagara are hungry to get back in action tonight.
The Golden Griffins host RIT at 7 tonight at Buffalo State Ice Arena. They are coming off two losses at Ohio State. A few Ice Griff notes:
- Senior Tony Capobianco had a solid game in net at Ohio State in a 3-1 loss, giving up two goals (the third was a last-second empty-netter). Reports say Capobianco looked stronger than he had in the first handful of games of the season and it's likely he will get the start tonight against RIT.
- Canisius has a three-game winning-streak against the Tigers after sweeping the series last year for the first time in the 61-game history between the teams. Two of the wins came in the final weekend of the regular season, kick starting the Griffs' eight-game winning streak that ended in an NCAA appearance.
- In those two wins over RIT, Cody Freeman scored three goals. The junior returned from an injury this past weekend, playing on the top line with Ralph Cuddemi and Kyle Gibbons.
- Gibbons, who has not had a point in his last four games, is three points away from the 100 mark for his career.
The Purps travel to Erie, Pa. to face Mercyhurst tonight after rolling over Army in Dwyer Arena.
- On Saturday, they dominated the Black Knights, 8-3. The eight goals were the most scored by Niagara since an 8-4 win over Alabama-Huntsville on Nov. 12, 2005.
- Defenseman Kevin Ryan's goal on Saturday. It was just the fourth of his career, but it was the senior's 50th career point. In 118 career games, he has four goals and 46 assists.
- While Niagara is in second place in Atlantic Hockey, they are winless on the road, 0-4-1.
This week's video pick is from Canisius with a closer look at Cody Freeman. Perhaps he shouldn't have been singing the Ohio State fight song in his head while he was skating for the Griffs. Just a thought.
November 16, 2013 - 4:48 PM
November 15, 2013 - 2:47 PM
By Bob DiCesare
UB may have linebacker Adam Redden back on the field when the Bulls play their final regular-season road game of the year Tuesday night at Miami. Redden, a two-time MAC East Defensive Player of the Week, suffered a knee sprain in the second quarter of the Oct. 26 game at Kent State. He was the Bulls second-leading tackler behind Khalil Mack at the time of the injury.
"He’s progressing extremely well," Bulls coach Jeff Quinn said at today's media session. "Will he be ready to play Tuesday night? I had a great conversation with him yesterday and he said he is, he’s ready. And I know in his heart and in his mind he is. We’ll just have to wait and see how well he’s able to hold up this week. But he keeps getting better. He keeps progressing. We’re going to see Adam before this season ends and hopefully will see him sooner rather than later."
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Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.
Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.
Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.
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