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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