Canisius takes 2-1 lead into third

Air Force is outshooting Canisius but losing the all-important special teams battle.

Canisius scored on its first two power plays to take a 2-0 lead before Air Force rallied midway through the second period.

Ben Persian redirected a slap shot by defenseman Mike McDonald with 10:18 left to make it 2-1 and spark the Falcons, who barraged Canisius goalie Tony Capobianco with six quality shots over the next three minutes. But Air Force could not take advantage of a couple rebounds and the Golden Griffins held a 2-1 edge headed into the third.

Canisius defenseman Chris Rumble scored on a shot from the point that deflected off a player in front of AFA goalie Jason Torf and past the junior to make it 2-0 with 13:27 left.

Earlier, Canisius left wing Doug Beck tipped in a rebound with 5:32 left in the first period after Mitch McCrank one-timed a crossing pass from Kyle Gibbons for a power-play goal and a 1-0 lead.

Air Force out shot the Golden Griffins 15-8 in the period but goalie Tony Capobianco started well and di not allow many rebounds.

Canisius has a couple other good chances thanks to turnovers in the Air Force zone to keep Torf busier that his seven saves suggest.

Canisius power play puts Griffs ahead after one

Canisius left wing Doug Beck tipped in a rebound with 5:32 left in the first period after Mitch McCrank one-timed a crossing pass from Kyle Gibbons for a power-play goal and a 1-0 lead.

Air Force out shot the Golden Griffins 15-8 in the period but goalie Tony Capobianco started well and di not allow many rebounds.

Canisius has a couple other good chances thanks to turnovers in the Air Force zone to keep AFA goalie Jason Torf busier that his seven saves suggest.

Saturday’s lines: Canisius at Air Force

airforce-kruseCanisius

LW-C-RW

Shupe-Sullivan-Gibbons

Miller-McCrank-Cuddemi

Beck-Larsson-Wiseman

Lindsay-Rigney-Bohrer

LD-RD

McKellar-Danford

Roe-Rumble

Parker-Jessey

Goalies – Capobianco, Asmundson

Air Force

LW-C-RW

De Laurell-Carew-Gunner

Thomas-Demers-Timar

Holm-Carey-Kruse

Kleisinger-Fabian-Persian

Extra forward — Hartner

LD-RD

McKenzie-Weissenhofer

Artman-McDonald

Halloran-Walsh

Goalies – Torf, Moberg, Bosner

In the pros: Bachman gets first win, Schwartz first goal, of season

jaden draft imageDallas Stars backup goalie Richard Bachman eked out a win over Vancouver. The former Tiger may get more starts after an injury to Kari Lehtonen forced his entry into the game.

Jaden Schwartz scored his first of the year and assisted the next goal to stake St. Louis to a 2-0 lead in a 5-2 win at struggling Calgary.

CCHA roundup: Future NCHC foes Miami, WMU earn first-round byes

CCHA final logoFrom the CCHA …

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Bowling Green beat Ferris State in overtime, while Lake Superior, Northern Michigan and Miami earned victories in regulation.  Also, Western Michigan topped Ohio State in a shootout after playing to a 1-1 tie.  

Big Rapids, Mich. – Sophomore forward Ryan Carpenter scored at the 2:13 mark of overtime to give Bowling Green a 2-1 win at Ferris State. Senior forward Kyle Bonis opened the scoring for the Bulldogs in the first period before Falcons’ junior forward Cam Wojtala tied the game, 1-1, with 1:28 left in regulation. Bowling Green freshman goaltender Tommy Burke made 36 saves in the win, while sophomore goaltender CJ Motte made 30 saves for Ferris State in the loss.

Sault St. Marie, Mich. – Senior forward Domenic Monardo scored twice, and sophomore forward Buddy Robinson and junior defenseman Zach Sternberg each finished with 1-1-2 scoring lines, to lead Lake Superior to a 5-1 win over Alaska.  Junior forward Kellan Lain also had a goal for the Lakers and senior forward Ben Power had two assists.  The Nanooks got a short-handed goal from freshman forward Tyler Morley.  Junior goaltender Kevin Murdock made 46 saves for the Lakers in the win, while freshman goaltender John Keeney and senior goaltender Steve Thompson combined to make 26 saves for Alaska.

East Lansing, Mich. – Northern Michigan senior forward Matt Thurber and sophomore forward Reed Seckel each finished with 2-2-4 scoring lines to lead the Wildcats to a 5-3 win over Michigan State.  Junior forward Erik Higby opened the scoring for Northern Michigan and one of Thurber’s goals came on the power play and Seckel’s second goal of the night was an empty-net tally. Sophomore forward Matt Berry started the scoring for the Spartans in the third period, junior defenseman Jake Chelios scored on the power play and sophomore forward Brent Darnell notched an extra-attacker goal with 39 seconds left in regulation to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 4-3. Northern Michigan junior goaltender Jared Coreau made 31 saves in the win, while Michigan State freshman goaltender Jake Hildebrand stopped 29 shots in the loss.

Miami, Ohio – Senior forward Marc Hagel’s empty-net goal with 1:02 left in regulation sealed Miami’s 3-1 win over Notre Dame and clinched a first-round playoff bye for the RedHawks. Miami got a power-play goal from senior defenseman Steven Spinell and an even-strength tally from sophomore forward Blake Coleman. Notre Dame’s lone goal came from freshman forward Steven Fogarty with 2:23 left in regulation. Miami freshman goaltender Ryan McKay made 20 saves in the win. Notre Dame junior goaltender Steven Summerhays stopped 19 shots in the loss.

Columbus, Ohio – Senior forward Mike Cichy scored the decisive goal in the shootout as Western Michigan played to a 1-1 tie/shootout win against Ohio State that clinched a first-round playoff bye for the Broncos. The Buckeyes opened the scoring on a second-period goal from freshman forward Tyler Lundey.  Broncos’ sophomore defenseman Matt Stewart tied the game late in the period.  Western Michigan sophomore goaltender Frank Slubowski stopped 18 shots, while senior goaltender Brady Hjelle made 30 saves for Ohio State.

WCHA roundup: BSU gets first 2013 win; UNO moves into second

UNO celebration 2No. 16 Nebraska-Omaha 3, Alaska-Anchorage 0

ANCHORAGE — Brent Gwidt and Matt White scored 74 seconds apart midway through the third period as No. 16 Nebraska-Omaha pulled away for a 3-0 win over last-place Alaska-Anchorage Friday night.

UNO moved into a tie for second with idle North Dakota and No. 2 Minnesota. Hobey Baker hopeful Ryan Walters scored his team-high 18th goal, which is tied for second in Division I with North Dakota senior Danny Kristo.

No. 9 Minnesota State 4, Michigan Tech 2

MANKATO — Junior forward Johnny McInnis posted a goal and an assist as Minnesota State earned a 4-2 win against Michigan Tech on Friday night at Verizon Wireless Center.

The Mavericks out shot Michigan Tech 36-22 on the night. The Mavericks were one-for-seven on the power play, while Michigan Tech was two-for-six with the man advantage.

Minnesota State (19-9-3, 13-9-1 WCHA) has won 16 of its last 21 games and sits in fifth place in the WCHA.

Bemidji State 4, Minnesota-Duluth 2

BEMIDJI — Senior forward Brance Orban scored two power-play goals in the third period to lift Bemidji State to a 4-2 win against Minnesota Duluth on Friday night at Sanford Center.

The Beavers snapped a 12-game winless skid and won for the first time in 2013 and its first Friday game this season.

No. 2 Minnesota 3, No. 18 Wisconsin 2

MADISON — Sophomore defenseman Ben Marshall handed out a pair of assists and freshman goaltender Adam Wilcox stopped 28 shots to help Minnesota skate to a 3-2 win against Wisconsin on Friday night at Kohl Center.

No. 18 Wisconsin (12-10-7, 9-7-7 WCHA) had a season-high 13,611 fans at the Kohl Center on the edge of their seats while pressing for a comeback bid. The Badgers pulled their goaltender with just under three minutes left in regulation, got to within one goal, but fell short in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of No. 2 Minnesota (20-5-4, 12-5-4 WCHA).

The game sets up an anticipated rematch on Sunday, when the teams meet at Soldier Field in Chicago in the OfficeMax Hockey City Classic.

Halloran power-play goal gives AFA 2-1 lead

Air Force sophomore defenseman Alex Halloran ripped a slap shot through traffic and the puck found its way between Tony Capobianco’s leg pads to make it 2-1 off a power-play goal with 7:21 left in the second.

That power-play goal was big because although Air Force out shot the Griffs 20-5, but only held a one-goal lead headed into the third because of a poor pass by Air Force’s John Kruse which the Golden Griffins cashed it in.

Kyle Gibbons intercepted a weak cross-ice pass by Kruse along the Air Force blue line, setting up a rush into the zone. Gibbons soon made a backward pass to Mitch McCrank who scored into a wide-open net after a Falcons player slid into Air Force goalie Jason Torf.

Junior right wing Ryan Timar was injured with 42.5 seconds left in the second period when Canisius center Carl Larsson cross-checked him hard into the lower back. No penalty was called and Timar was helped into the locker room.