Live blog: Canisius 3, Ohio State 3 (OT) – from the HarborCenter 10/31/14

[Preview: Ohio State at Canisius]

By Nick Veronica


13.4: Matthew Weis had Amundson down but shot of the crossbar.

47.4: Canisius takes timeout with a faceoff in the D zone.

2:04: A bad change by Canisius gives Ohio State a great chance, but the shot is block. Tomkins comes up big on the other end to stop Doug Jessey.

3:23: No shots for Canisius yet in OT.

END 3: CANISIUS 3, OHIO STATE 3. OT is five minutes sudden death. If no one scores they tie 😦

1:00: Good flow to the game here but no real chances. Looking like OT coming.

4:01: Now Ohio State ties it. David Gust poked in a loose puck. 3-3

5:51: NO GOAL.

5:51: Ohio State answers back. Play under review.

6:37: WOW Shane Conacher pulls a 360 and feeds Jack Stander for his first collegiate goal. 3-2 Canisius.

7:38: Matthew Weis heads to the box for Ohio State, two minutes for holding a Canisius player who could’ve gotten to a loose puck in the neutral zone. Griffs catch a break.

7:56: Chris Rumble takes his third penalty of the night, this time for tripping. He’s due for some gassers at practice tomorrow.

9:05: PP over. Griffs had some nice passes but couldn’t finish. Doug Beck stapled Chad Niddery near the Canisius bench during the man advantage.

11:05:  Griffs to the PP. Justin DaSilva to the box for slashing. Griffs PP is 0 for 2.

13:38: Asmundson robs Christian Lampasso with a left-pad save.

14:33: Griffs kill off another penalty.

16:33: Doug Beck to the box for interference. Sent his guy int0 the post at the end of the play but it look like good, tough defense to me.

17:31: Ohio State with the momentum early. Griffs can’t get out of their zone.


1:57: Great feed from Conacher to Cuddemi, Tomkins with a big pad save. … PP over.

3:02: Griffs to the PP. Matthew Weis two minutes for cross checking.

4:18: Matt Grazen tries a toe drag on a one-on-one but it was far too slow. Griffs and Buckeyes trading chances at a good pace.

6:42: Ohio State ties it after the power play ends. Luke Stork from Darik Angeli and Nick Oddo. 2-2.

7:27: Matthew Weis had the whole net to score into but lost the puck in his skates. Heck of a pass to find him open in front.

8:58: Chris Rumble to the box for the second time tonight, this time for cross checking. He leads the team in penalties.

12:08: After review, referee signals a good goal for Matt Johnson. My initial thought was it hit the back bar. Weird bounce. 2-1.

12:15: OSU’s Matt Johnson with a shot that looked like it went in-and-out or hit the post and crossbar off a half-breakaway. Called no goal, they’ll review.

13:26: Buckeyes have a shot off the post but Griffs holding out so far. Good rotation on the PP for OSU.

14:43: Rigney goes to the box for tripping. OSU has the momentum right now. Big kill coming up for the Griffs.

15:19: Buckeyes getting good pressure but Canisius still keeping the door closed. Bit lackadaisical in the defensive zone.

16:21: Griffs couldn’t even break into the zone on the power play. Easily their worst two minutes so far.

18:21: OSU’s Matt Johnson goes to the box for interference.

18:25: OSU’s Nick Oddo bumps into the linesman after on offsides call and the two tumble to the ice. Griffs student section loves it.

19:13: Logan Roe’s point shot was tipped and almost snuck under Tomkins’ arm, but he makes the save.

20:00: Matt Tomkins back out to start the second for Ohio State.

END 1: CANISIUS 2, OHIO STATE 0. Shots: Canisius 11, Ohio State 9. Power play: Canisius 0-0, Ohio State 0-2.

0:48: Tanner Fritz got open on the doorstep on a 3-on-2 but shot wide. Opening was there. Griffs caught a break.

1:54: Griffs get another kill. OSU power-play scoring on one-in-three tries heading into this game.

2:36: Matthew Grazen with a short-handed 2-on-1, goes upstairs and hits Tomkins in the mask.

3:00: Big left pad save from Asmundson on the PK. Griffs shoot the puck — hard — into their own bench on a clearing attempt. Look out.

3:54: Griffs back to the PK, Logan Roe for high-sticking. Good shot block in front by Stephen Farrell on the delayed penalty.

6:53: Griffs get the kill. Some good point shots from Drew Brevig.

8:17: Ohio State going with a 1-3-1 here. Nothing doing yet.

8:37: OSU’s Nick Schilkey had the top corner but shot into Asmundson’s glove.

8:53: Chris Rumble heads to the box for tripping. Ohio State power play is very good. 5-15 on the year.

Big bro is pumped:

9:17: Great chance in from for Nolan Sheeran, but he can’t dig it out from a bundle of skates. Shots are 7-2 Griffs.

10:35: A breakdown in the neutral zone sets OSU’s Matthew Weis up with a 2-on-1, but his shot is stopped by Asmundson.

10:49: The Griffs have been great in their own zone so far. No one panics with the pucks, players support the puck carrier to set up the breakout. Give Dave Smith credit.

11:20: Man, Ohio State has some little guys on its team. Some big ones, too, but a lot of small ones.

13:32: Buckeyes are not channeling at the blue line. Griffs are walking through and shooting at will. Official shots are 6-0 Griffs, though I could’ve sworn Ohio State had one.

15:52: Ohio State finally has a shot but Asmundson has no trouble with it. Griffs with a 3-on-1 than was broken up.

18:02: Ohio State coach Steve Rohlik has pulled goalie Christian Frey for Matt Tomkins.

18:11: Whoa, Doug Beck adds a second less than two minutes in. 2-0 Griffs, Josh Keilich gets the helper. Ohio State takes timeout. 2-0.

19:38: WOW! Griffs score 22 seconds into the HarborCenter era. Shane Conacher gets the goal from Nolan Sheeran. 1-0.

20:00: Opening faceoff:


7:39 p.m.: Bit of a delay with the microphones for the anthems but they’re through and we’re set to get underway.

7:30 p.m.: Griffs start Shane Conacher-Nolan Sheeran-Ralph Cuddemi Chris Rumble-Doug Jessey Keegan Asmundson. Ohio State goes with Anthony Greco-Tanner Fritz-David Gust Justin Dasilva-Al McLean Christian Frey.

7:20 p.m.: LOUD “Let’s go Griffs” chant from the student section. Last year people didn’t even show up before the game, let alone yell or show excitement.

7:14 p.m.: I’m told 10-12 NHL scouts will be in attendance tonight.

Line charts:

6:31 p.m.: If you’re looking for some pregame reading material, check out today’s Gameday preview blog post.

6:30 p.m.: Welcome to the HarborCenter! We’re about an hour from puck drop. I’ll have updates here throughout the game. Check back for more and follow on Twitter @NickVeronica.


Canisius hockey opens HarborCenter era vs. Ohio State

By Nick Veronica

CCLogobigCanisius hockey opens the 2014-15 season with two games at the First Niagara Center and ushers in the HarborCenter era against Ohio State on Halloween, according to today’s schedule announcement.

Because HarborCenter may not be completed by the start of the season, Canisius opens with a two-game series against Western Michigan at the First Niagara Center on Oct. 10 and 11, with both games starting at 7:35 p.m.

The Griffs then have two weekends of conference games on the road before the inaugural HarborCenter series against Ohio State — coach Dave Smith’s alma mater — on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Canisius played Ohio State for the first time in school history last season, losing 3-0 and 3-1 in Columbus.

Canisius will not face Niagara at the HarborCenter this year, traveling to Dwyer Arena for games on Jan. 22 and 24. The Griffs face RIT at the HarborCenter on Nov. 14 and 15. Canisius plays both teams only twice this season instead of four times (an option under the new 11-team scheduling format), but with Niagara and RIT being two of the better AHA teams, four fewer games against them may end up helping Canisius in the standings.

Canisius travels to Maine for its final nonconference action, Jan. 2 and 3.

The Atlantic Hockey playoffs begin March 6. The championship weekend at Blue Cross Arena is March 20 and 21.

Here’s a nifty infograph from GoGriffs:

Full schedule:

Oct. 5 Toronto (Exhibition), TBA 6:35 p.m.
Oct. 10 Western Michigan, First Niagara Center 7:35 p.m.
Oct. 11 Western Michigan, First Niagara Center 7:35 p.m.
Oct. 17 Army, West Point, N.Y. 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 18 Army, West Point, N.Y. 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 24 AIC, Springfield, Mass. 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 25 AIC, Springfield, Mass. 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 31 Ohio State, HarborCenter 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 1 Ohio State, HarborCenter 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 7 Sacred Heart, Milford, Conn. 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 8 Sacred Heart, Milford, Conn. 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 14 RIT, HarborCenter 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 15 RIT, HarborCenter 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 21 Mercyhurst, Erie, Pa. 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 22 Mercyhurst, HarborCenter 7:35 p.m.
Nov. 28 Air Force, HarborCenter 2:05 p.m.
Nov. 29 Air Force, HarborCenter 7:35 p.m.
Dec. 5 AIC, HarborCenter 7:35 p.m.
Dec. 6 AIC, HarborCenter 7:35 p.m.
Jan. 2 Maine, Maine 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 3 Maine, Maine 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 9 Holy Cross, HarborCenter 11:05 a.m.
Jan. 10 Holy Cross, HarborCenter 7:35 p.m.
Jan. 16 Bentley, HarborCenter 7:35 p.m.
Jan. 17 Bentley, HarborCenter 7:35 p.m.
Jan. 22 Niagara, Lewiston, N.Y. 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 24 Niagara, Lewiston, N.Y. 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 6 Robert Morris, Pittsburgh, Pa. 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 7 Robert Morris, Pittsburgh, Pa. 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 13 Army, HarborCenter 7:35 p.m.
Feb. 14 Army, HarborCenter 7:35 p.m.
Feb. 20 Mercyhurst, Erie, Pa. 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 21 Mercyhurst, HarborCenter 7:35 p.m.
Feb. 27 Air Force, USAF Academy, Colo. 9:05 p.m.
Feb. 28 Air Force, USAF Academy, Colo. TBA

Sabres and Canisius ready to make partnership official

After two years of on-and-off discussions, the Buffalo Sabres and Canisius College are finally ready to announce a partnership that will give the Canisius hockey team a new home rink.

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Canisius released details today for a Tuesday morning press conference at the First Niagara Center. The Griffs are expected to play their home games across the street at the HarborCenter when the rink opens in 2014.

UPDATE: As expected, it was made official at the press conference that Canisius will play games at the HarborCenter. The Griffs will have their own 1,300-square foot, state-of-the-art locker room and a separate athletic training area.

The Sabres and Canisius have been considering a partnership since at least the summer of 2011, when the sides discussed the possibility of building a two-rink complex on the Canisius campus that would double as a Sabres practice facility.

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