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Canisius all smiles after knocking off top-seeded Niagara - Ben Kirst - USCHO Arena Reporter - - Friday, March 22.

ROCHESTER, NY. — Canisius coach Dave Smith held up the news conference after the Golden Griffins’ Atlantic Hockey semifinal victory to take a cell phone photo of sophomore winger Tyler Wiseman, who sat at the end of the elevated interview table, bedecked in a yellow construction helmet. “ Right now, I’m trying to focus on taking a picture of Tyler,” Smith said, drawing laughs from the room of reporters. “I’m going to send it to his brother.” “I don’t know if he has Instagram,” Wiseman noted. “He’s kind of old.”

Smith had good reason to be cheery. The Griffs, a seven seed entering the AHA playoffs, had just knocked off top-seeded Niagara 5-3 in an unexpected shootout on Friday afternoon at Blue Cross Arena. And Wiseman — whose brother is Albany Devils winger Chad Wiseman — had good reason to sport a workingman’s headwear. The sophomore winger from Burlington, Ontario, had just put in a blue-collar day at the rink, collecting a pair of goals and assisting on junior defenseman Duncan McKellar’s game-winning power play goal in the waning moments of the second period. “A few years ago [2009-10], RIT came in here and went on a good run, and it turned the program around,” Wiseman said. “We’re looking to do the same thing.”

Mercyhurst Beats Connecticut 4-1 to advance to Atlantic Hockey Championship -
Mercyhurst Athletic Communications - - Friday, March 22.

ROCHESTER, NY – The Mercyhurst University men's hockey team spotted the Huskies of Connecticut a goal in the opening period, but then rattled off the final four goals of the night to skate away with a 4-1 victory in the Atlantic Hockey Association Semifinals on Friday night from the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY. Mercyhurst improved to 19-16-5 overall while Connecticut ended its season with a 19-14-4 overall mark. The Lakers advance to the Atlantic Hockey Association Championship game for the first time since the 2008-09 season, where Mercyhurst fell to Air Force 2-0 at the Blue Cross Arena. Mercyhurst will play against long-time rival Canisius, who advanced to the title game with a 5-3 upset over top-seeded Niagara in the first semifinal.

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Tibbett lays claim to Mercyhurst’s starting goalie job with fourth playoff win -
Ben Kirst - USCHO Arena Reporter - - Friday, March 22.

ROCHESTER, N.Y — Only history stood between Mercyhurst goaltender Jordan Tibbett and his second consecutive shutout on Friday night. Tibbett allowed one goal in the Lakers’ 4-1 win over Connecticut in the Atlantic Hockey semifinal at Blue Cross Arena, a first-period dribbler by winger Trevor Gerling that was swatted clear of the Mercyhurst net the moment it crossed the goal line. It led to the first-ever video replay in the AHA playoffs, confirming that Tibbett had allowed his first goal since the second period of the Lakers’ 3-2 win over Holy Cross in the opening game of the quarterfinals last Friday. “The puck jumped on his stick and made its way through my body,” Tibbett said. “They called it a goal.”
Did he think it was in? “I think we’ll go with what the ref said,” Tibbett responded dryly.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound goaltender from Indianapolis was not beaten again. Tibbett — 4-0 in the Atlantic Hockey playoffs with four goals allowed, including a 1-0 shutout in last Sunday’s quarterfinal elimination game at Holy Cross — stopped 31 shots and held down the fort while the Lakers found their legs after a wobbly first period. “He’s a great goaltender,” Mercyhurst coach Rick Gotkin said. “He’s also a great kid. We’ve seen Jordan, the past two years, show signs of becoming the kind of goaltender that we’ve seen these last couple of weeks.”

Atlantic Hockey Blog - First time for everything: a few from the Atlantic Hockey semifinals -
By Ed Trefzger - Senior Writer - - Friday, March 22.

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