Canisius hockey returned to the ice for the first time in almost a month as they fell short against rival RIT 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.
This was Canisius’ first game since January 3rd when the Golden Griffins shut out Mercyhurst 3-0. Canisius hockey went on pause on January 8 which led to them rescheduling games against Robert Morris, Mercyhurst, RIT and Niagara.
The Griffs’ looked very rusty in the first period and resembled a team that looked like they had not played in a month. RIT was able to capitalize on the sluggish Golden Griffins by scoring three goals on Canisius in the period. RIT opened the scoring 1:14 into the period. They added a second goal with 3:24 left in the period. Their final goal came on the powerplay two minutes later. RIT’s power play resulted from a Kevin Obssuth game misconduct.
Canisius would bounce back in the second period with two goals of their own. Freshman Jami Virtanen scored the first goal for Canisius on the power play 3:47 into the period. Fellow freshman Max Kouznetsov scored the Golden Griffin’s second goal almost two minutes later. Canisius’ play in the second period was better than in the first.
Junior Matt Ladd made 33 saves on 36 shots in the loss for Canisius, while RIT’s goalie, Logan Drackett made 18 saves on 20 shots in the win. Along with being heavily outshot, Canisius was dominated in the faceoff circle only winning 19 of the 62 faceoffs in the game.
Canisius hopes to carry the momentum they created in the second and third period of the game into their next game tomorrow at LECOM Harborcenter against RIT. Canisius was able to have a more offensive presence against RIT and was able to keep RIT in their defensive zone for longer periods of time than the first period. For Canisius to have success moving forward this season they will need to win more faceoffs and not take penalties that get players thrown out of the game.