Ice Griffs swept by Bentley in conference tournament

The hockey team fell to Bentley in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey tournament last weekend.

Griffs forward Matt Long in a face-off with a Bentley defender in a game earlier this season. Photo courtesy of

The Canisius College Golden Griffins hockey team was swept by the Bentley Falcons last weekend in Waltham, Mass. The team’s season is over after losses of 6-1 and 5-3. 

The first game was a brutal game for the Griffs, as the team struggled to score and couldn’t stop the bleeding defensively. Freshman goaltender Jacob Barczewski was pulled from game one after allowing five goals on twenty shots. Sophomore Matt Ladd came in relief and stopped nine of the ten shots he faced.

The lone goal on Friday was from senior Nick Hutchison, and the goal cut the deficit to 5-1. Brendan Walkom potted two goals for Bentley and Jonathan Desbiens recorded three assists to power a Falcons’ offense that saw 11 different players record at least one point in the affair. 

With game one being a disappointing start and finish for the Griffs, game two was a heartbreaker to say the least. Canisius started slow again finding themselves down 2-0 on goals from Matt Lombardozzi and Ryan Gorowsky. 

Lombardozzi opened the scoring with a power-play goal at the 9:28 mark of the opening period, burying a loose puck past the blocker of Canisius goaltender Jacob Barczewski from the middle of the slot. Gorowsky doubled the Falcons advantage less than two minutes later, converting on a shorthanded breakaway. 

Canisius battled back from the 2-0 deficit, when sophomore Lee Lapid got the Griffs on the board at the 7:29 mark of the second, redirecting a Nick Hutchison centering pass past Bentley goaltender Aidan Pelino for his 11th of the season.

Senior Matt Hoover tied the game at 2-2 just under five minutes later, collecting a Hutchison zone-entry pass off the left side wall and beating Pelino with a shot to the blocker side for his 15th of the season. The goal tied the game for the Griffs and gave the team a ton of momentum. Unfortunately, the momentum was halted in devastating fashion shortly after. 

Gorowsky scored his second goal of the game for the Falcons, and he gave them the lead in the final seconds of the second period. The power-play goal stole momentum from the Griffins and gave Bentley a one goal lead going into the final frame.

Canisius continued to battle, and the Griffs tied the game again when Nick Hutchison brought Canisius level for the second time in the contest a little more than three minutes into the third period. Hutchison deposited Grant Meyer’s feed from below the goal line past Pelino to make it a 3-3 game.

After overcoming a 2-0 and 3-2 deficit, heartbreak officially kicked in for the Griffs. Jonathan Desbiens scored a power-play goal with 1:26 remaining in the third period to break the  3-3 tie, and an empty netter for Gorowsky completed his hat trick and the sweep for Bentley over Canisius. A hard fought game two saw the Griffs battle, but they never caught a break. 

“There was a lot of growth in this team from this season.” head coach Trevor Large said. “I’m not happy with the results of the season but when you dive into the individuals, the seasons they’ve had, and the growth of many players, I’m excited for this group.”

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