Hockey earns sweep against RIT

J.D. Pogue scored three goals in Canisius' weekend sweep over RIT. (Aidan Joly/The Griffin)

Canisius hockey completed a weekend sweep at home against rival RIT Friday and Saturday night. 

On Friday, Canisius was led by a strong performance from junior J.D. Pogue who scored two goals for the Golden Griffins in the win 5-3 over RIT. Fellow junior Mitchell Martan led Canisius with three points on the night with a goal and two assists. Sophomore Keaton Mastrodonato and junior Kevin Obssuth scored the other two goals for Canisius. Junior goaltender Matt Ladd had 24 saves. 

“Honestly, it was a team effort, we’re making real strong plays towards the net and I just so happened to be the guy to put the puck in the net but it was really a whole team effort tonight,” junior J.D. Pogue said about his performance on Friday.

Caleb Moretz and Regan Seiferling led the Tigers with two points each in the loss on Friday night.  

Canisius penalty kill was perfect on Friday, killing off all four of RIT’s powerplays and was a significant part in the Golden Griffins win. Along with the success of the penalty kill, Canisius cashed in on one of their four opportunities on the powerplay. The powerplay goal was scored by Pogue.  

“Proud of the effort tonight.” head coach Trevor Large said. “Anytime you can get three points in Atlantic Hockey, that’s a huge bump to the team effort. It was a slow start. We got back into the game maybe a little quicker than we have been. Obviously, that’s understandable with the number of games for us played. But, I really loved the effort in the second period and that carried over into the third.” 

On Saturday, Canisius played a really well structured game that led to a 3-0 shutout over RIT.  

Canisius was led by an incredible performance from sophomore goaltender Jacob Barczewski who stopped all 35 RIT shots in the game. Juniors Lee Lapid, J.D. Pogue and Kevin Obssuth scored the three goals for Canisius on Saturday. Senior Logan Gestro added two assists on the night as well. 

Canisius’ special teams on Saturday were lights out for a second straight night. The penalty kill for Canisius was a perfect six for six against the RIT powerplay. Meanwhile the Canisius powerplay scored two powerplay goals on their six opportunities. 

“It starts in net with the penalty kill.” Large said about the success of his penalty kill. “You can visually see when we play, our guys have a commitment to blocking shots at a high level. They understand what we want to do on the penalty kill, they’re doing it very well. I give lots of credit to (assistant coach) Taylor Nelson, who runs our penalty kill. The guys know what to do. They play together and if things get a little chaotic at times, they’re going to come up with a huge block.” 

Canisius this season have allowed two goals or less in five of its eight games. The Golden Griffins are a perfect 5-0-0 in those games. 

Canisius has looked solid during their three game winning streak and has looked like a completed well structured team on the ice. 

Canisius will look to continue their winning streak as they finish their three-game homestand against Mercyhurst on Tuesday February 16th at LECOM HarborCenter. 

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