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Gibbons, Canisius crush Mercyhurst for first Atlantic Hockey Championship - Ben Kirst - Arena Reporter - Saturday, March 23.

ROCHESTER, NY — This year, Cinderella wears a Golden slipper. Junior winger Kyle Gibbons’ four points tied a career high and the vaunted Canisius defense shut down the nation’s 14th-ranked offense as the surprising Golden Griffins (19-18-5) won the Atlantic Hockey playoff tournament with a 7-2 win over Mercyhurst at Blue Cross Arena. The Griffs, who entered the postseason as the seventh seed, earned an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament — the first in program history. No seven-seed had previously won the AHA title.

Gibbons earned the most valuable player award for the weekend, collecting two goals and four assists in the two Canisius victories. “What a surreal experience,” Gibbons said. “I’m speechless. I can’t do it without any of those other guys in the locker room. Individual accomplishments are special, but you can’t really achieve them without a team game.”

The all-tournament team included Gibbons and Canisius goaltender Tony Capobianco and defenseman Ben Danford. Mercyhurst senior forward Paul Chiasson and junior defenseman Nick Jones were also honored.

Early projections have the Griffs facing Quinnipiac in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Bobcats were regular-season ECAC champions, finished third in the postseason tournament and are currently ranked second in the Division I Men’s Poll.
Atlantic Hockey rival Niagara is also expected to make the tournament with an at-large bid.

Canisius rides streak into NCAAs: ‘We knew we had it in us’ - Ed Trefzger - Senior Writer - - Saturday, March 23.

New replay system gets a workout in Atlantic Hockey Championship - Scott Biggar - Senior Writer - - Saturday, March 23.

ROCHESTER, NY. — Atlantic Hockey allowed video replay for the first time during this year’s final two rounds at Blue Cross Arena. The arena’s main tenant is the AHL Rochester Americans, who have the building wired to facilitate video replays from multiple angles to be viewed by the on-ice officials. “As we go to the national tournament, we want our guys to understand how the video review system works. We have the ability to do that here,” said Eugene Binda, the Atlantic Hockey supervisor of officials.

Photo Gallery - Saturday at the Atlantic Hockey Championship Final - Canisius 7 Mercyhurst 2.
Omar Phillips - Photographer - - Saturday, March 23.

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