Jan. 23, 2009

Courtesy of Canisius

The Canisius College hockey lost to league rival RIT on Thursday night, 5-2. With the defeat, the Griffs fell to 9-9-4 on the season and 7-7-2 in Atlantic Hockey play. The Tigers extended the longest winning streak in the nation to 10 games, improving to 15-9-1 and 14-4-1 in league play.

Junior Dave Cianfrini (Dundas, Ontario) and freshman Dave Kostuch (Richmond Hill, Ontario) each tallied a goal for the Griffs. With his goal, Kostuch extended his point streak to seven games, the longest by a Griff since the 2006-07 season.


“I think it was the little things tonight that we didn’t do,” Kostuch said. “It was the little things and mental mistakes. We need to play hard, smart and physical each game and we didn’t do that tonight.”


The Tigers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, finding the back of the net just 37 seconds into the contest. Matt Crowell scored the first of three goals when a wrist shot got past the Canisius goalie. The Tigers added a second goal at the 7:54 mark when Trevor Eckenswiller picked up a rebound to score.


Cianfrini cut the RIT lead to one, sending a wrist shot past Tigers’ goalie Jared DeMichiel on the power play. Freshman Wes Love (Lake St. Louis, Mo.) and sophomore Eric Rex (Fairview, Pa.) both posted an assist on the score.


RIT would stretch its lead to two during the second period. Crowell scored 3:04 into the period and Anton Kharin added a score with 3:10 left in the second.


Canisius chipped away at the RIT advantage when Kostuch tallied his team-leading 15th goal of the season. Freshman Scott Moser (Tonawanda, N.Y.) charged the net and left the puck in front of the goal for Kostuch to tip in and cut the Tigers’ lead to two. Cianfrini also registered an assist on the goal 5:11 into the period.


The Griffs would not come any closer and Crowell completed his hat trick by scoring an empty-net goal with seven seconds left in the game.


“I thought the opportunities that RIT created tonight was because they were aggressive and we weren’t fundamentally sound with our game,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. “I thought their opportunities were because of our miscues and they made the most of them.”


Junior Andrew Loewen (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and freshman Dan Morrison (London, Ontario) both saw action in goal for the Griffs. Morrison led the team by stopping 28 of 30 shots.


Canisius converted 1-of-8 power play opportunities, while RIT was held without an extra-man score in three chances. The Tigers outshot the Griffs, 26-23.


The teams conclude the two-game series on Sunday at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. Game time is slated for 4:05 p.m.


Game Notes: Joey Coccimiglio posted a point in seven-straight games from Nov. 3 to Dec. 1, 2006 … Kostuch has recorded 10 points and eight goals during his seven-game point streak … Cianfrini has tallied a point in three-straight games … Jason Weeks missed the game due to illness.