The Hobart Statesmen used a 16-0 run between the end of the first quarter and middle of the third to spoil the Griffs season opener as the Blue and Gold fell, 22-8.
Canisius came out of the gate slow as they trailed 4-0 less than six minutes into the contest, with Hobart’s Eric Holden netting two of those.
Reigning MAAC Rookie of the Year Jacob Buck brought the Griffs back to within two scores, as he scored his first two goals of the new campaign, with assists from Mike Penna and Mathieu Boissonneault.
A two-goal game would be as close as the Griffs would get, however, as the next 24 minutes of game action saw nine different Statesmen players get on the board during a dominant 16-0 run.
“I’m sure there was a little bit of a mental block just because of frustrations of us having some chances to break that drought,” head coach Mark Miyashita said. “Unfortunately we gripped our sticks a few times too tight and tried to do a little too much as an individual versus relying on the systems that we utilize everyday in practice.”
Buck ended the onslaught with six minutes remaining in the third quarter with his third goal of the game, but the damage had already been done as the Statesman held onto a commanding 20-3 lead.
“Today we faced an experienced Hobart team that went on a run that created a gap we could not close,” Miyashita told GoGriffs.com. “We had some early opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on in the first quarter before they went on their run.”
Buck led the Griffs with six goals in the afternoon, which was good enough for him to be named MAAC offensive player of the week.
“He obviously out six goals in the back of the net which is great,” Miyashita said. “We continue to expect great things from him, he’s got a lot of potential that he still hasn’t reached and we’re excited about where it’s going to lead.”
Senior Dana Balawejder also collected 12 faceoff wins and five ground balls. Boissonneault collected one goal and one assist, and freshman Nathan Conry tallied his first collegiate goal in the effort.
The Blue and Gold will travel to Victor, N.Y., tomorrow afternoon to take on Robert Morris with face-off scheduled for 3:30 p.m.