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Canisius hockey recap: Bad omens

by Amy Moritz

Win on Friday. Lose on Saturday.

Predictability isn't always a good thing.

Canisius looked great in its 4-0 win over Air Force on Friday but by the time the Griffs settled into the game on Saturday they were already down 2-0 en route to a 4-2 loss and yet another weekend split.

If they had an answer, well, things would be different.

But here's something the Ice Griffs could try at home -- stop knocking down their championship banner. For those who don't know, kicking a soccer ball around is a common pre-game warmup for hockey players and the Griffs usually congregate in corner at the Buffalo State Ice Arena and have a spirited kick about. Lately, a bit too spirited.

Last Saturday they knocked their NCAA banner clear to the ground then lost to Niagara, 4-2.

Yesterday they knocked their Atlantic Hockey championship banner off its perch then lost to Air Force, 4-2.

That makes the current score: Bad Omens 2, Canisius 0. Just saying. And you thought stepping on the logo was bad.

Soccer balls and championship banners don't always go well together.


Top line: The top line of Kyle Gibbons, Patrick Sullivan and Cody Freeman hasn't been producing as much as the Griffs need in order to get their offense rolling. Freeman did score a late power play goal off an assist from Gibbons on Saturday, but things aren't as easy as last year for the trio. 

"I think the difference last year is we were a little unknown. We surprised some people," said Gibbons, who has now gone three games without scoring. "People know who we are now. We're not going to surprise too many people. The only way to get through that is just work. And that's something I need to work on. ... Work every shift, every minute. The chances are definitely there."

Inside the numbers: Canisius is 6-2-1 in the first game of the series and 2-5-2 in the finale.

Meanwhile, Saturday marked the first time the Griffs have lost when Patrick Sullivan had scored. Canisius was 7-0-0 when the senior scored. 

Next up: The Griffs have a home-and-home with Robert Morris, traveling to Pittsburgh on Friday and hosting the Colonials on Saturday.




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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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