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College Hockey Tuesday: News and notes for tonight's games

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.

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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.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

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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