Canisius heads into the 2020 Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs with an abundance of confidence after their sweep over last place Mercyhurst. Canisius followed up a close 3-2 win on Friday over the Lakers with a dominating 6-0 win on Saturday.
The team received a significant boost when Blake Wareham returned to the lineup, and the results showed in both teams wins.
“It’s a positive thing for our team,” head coach Trevor Large said on Wareham’s return. “Blake is a junior who may not have played much his first two years but his experience is something that will help. With his experience he will bring a calm influence to a very young blue line.”
Freshman Keaton Mastrodonato scored twice on Friday and the captain Matt Hoover notched the game-winner in the 3-2 result. Jacob Barczewski stopped 22 of 24 in the process. Mastrodonato has been a key contributor for the Griffs in the second half of the season. “[Mastrodonato] has assertive confidence” Large said. “He understands how we want to play, he’s figured out the details and learned very well. This has allowed him to become more assertive in how we want him to play.”
The Saturday game saw everybody on the Griffs chip in during the blowout. Seniors Hoover and Nick Hutchison, juniors Matt Long and Blake Wareham and sophomores Mitchell Martan and Lee Lapid all found the back of the net for the Griffins. Barczewski and Matt Ladd split the net in the shutout victory, stopping all 31 shots the Lakers put on net.