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.