by Amy Moritz
Remember when Canisius started the season just 2-10 on the road?
Yeah, that's not so much the case anymore.
The Ice Griffs dominated the first period of play and finally got some pucks into the net in the second period for a 4-1 win over American International in Springfield, Mass.
That was the fourth-straight road win for the Griffs for the longest road winning streak since the 2000-01 season. Should they win again when the teams meet at 3 p.m. Saturday, it will be the longest road winning streak in program history.
They earned the win thanks to an offensive breakout night from junior Cody Freeman who scored twice in a 97-second span late in the second period. It was the first goal in seven games for Freeman and his first multi-goal game of the season.
Picking up assists on both those goals was Kyle Gibbons. The assists gave him 116 career points moving him into fifth place on the Griffs all-time scoring chart.
A power play goal from Mitch McCrank and a late blast from Braeden Rigney had given the Griffs a four-goal lead.
While the Griffs got into some penalty trouble, senior Tony Capobianco was solid, turning aside 23 shots. His bid for a shutout was spoiled with 51.9 seconds left in the game.
Orchard Park native Josh Kielich picked up his first collegiate point as the freshman had an assist on Rigney's goal.
We heard rumors that there will be post-game video of Freeman. Hopefully he's wearing the yellow construction helmet as the team's player of the game. Should that happen, we'll be sure to update this post.
Update: UConn beat Air Force in Colorado which is good news for the Griffs. Canisius is now just one point back of fouth place in Atlantic Hockey. The top four teams get first-round byes in the playoffs.
The video of Cody Freeman describing his "ugly" goals and talking about the Griffs win. And yes, he's wearing the yellow hard hat. Bonus.