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11-11-2012, 03:54 AM
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ROCHESTER, NY - The Canisius College hockey team battled for 60 minutes on Saturday night to earn a 6-3 victory at RIT - the team's first win in Rochester over its conference foe since 2007. With the win, the Griffs improve to 2-5-3 on the season and 1-1-1 in Atlantic Hockey play, while the Tigers drop to 2-6-1 and 1-3-1 in league play.

Junior Patrick Sullivan led the Griffs with a personal-best three points on the night, netting his first career multi-goal game - including the game-winning third-period tally - and adding an assist. Senior Preston Shupe, juniors Kyle Gibbons and Taylor Law and sophomore Mitch McCrank also added a goal for the Griffs in the winning effort. Junior Tony Capobianco recorded 36 saves to earn his first victory of the 2012-13 campaign.

Canisius continues Atlantic Hockey play next weekend, hosting Battle of the Bridge rival Niagara on Friday. Game time at the Buffalo State Sports Arena is scheduled for 7:05 pm ET. (LS: Yours truly plans to be in attendence.)

Boxscore -

ROCHESTER, NY – Canisius (2-5-3, 1-1-1 AHA) scored three unaswered goals in the third period to hand the RIT men’s hockey team (2-6-1, 1-3-1 AHA) its third straight home loss to start the 2012-13 season, 6-3 in front of a sellout crowd at Ritter Arena on Saturday evening.

With the game tied at 3-3, Patrick Sullivan stole the puck away from a Tiger defenseman behind the RIT net, wheeled out in front and took a bad angle shot that got through RIT goaltender Josh Watson (Lititz, PA) to the short side with 12:32 left to give the Golden Griffins the 4-3 lead. RIT pressured, but could not get the tying goal. Preston Shupe and Mitch McCrank added empty-net tallies in the final 1:25 to seal the win.

Adam Mitchell (Crofton, MD) led the Tigers with a career-high three points on a goal and two assists. He now has a team-best 11 points in eight games and nine points (5-4-9) over a six-game point-scoring streak. Jeff Smith (Spokane, WA) and Chris Saracino (St. Louis, MO) also scored for the Tigers. In net, Watson made 30 saves to fall to 2-3-0.

RIT is back in action next Saturday and Sunday, as they travel to Holy Cross to play a pair of afternoon games. Both contests begin at 3:05 pm ET.

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