Much better than an exhibition.
Yesterday I hit up the Canisius/RIT game at Buffalo State Ice Arena. The two teams played a pair of games over the past few days, with RIT winning the first meeting on Thursday 5-2. Earning the sweep would be a bit harder than the first time, but they pulled out the 4-3 win with a third period comeback.
Canisius built a 2-0 lead in the first, only to give it all up in the end. A bad penalty with less than eight to play gave RIT a chance they didn’t pass up, and a nicely executed 3 on 2 gave them their first lead with less than three minutes to play.
I was surprised to see how small a lot of the Canisius players are. Even their blueline looked very undersized, but everyone on the team was willing to get in the corner and bang a few bodies. I was impressed by how aggressive they played, and their forecheck was solid all game. Even the smallest guys on the team worked the boards hard and took some good hits.
Overall I was impressed by Canisus, who did much worse the last time I saw them against Niagara. They still made some big mistakes, including three straight penalties to give RIT two big 5 on 3s. They also failed to cash in their own 5 on 3 that started the third period, and should have had that stick in front tied up on the winning goal.
Still, it was a pretty fun time for only a few bucks. RIT brought a ton of fans down the 90, so the atmosphere was pretty intense. It’s a shame Canisus doesn’t have better teams because they could have a decent student section. I couldn’t understand the majority of RIT’s chants, but their organization is a direct result of how good their hockey team is. From what I’ve heard their building is a pretty amazing sight, which means I’ll have to make the trip to check it out soon.
My friend Dave took some pictures at the game, so I posted a few here. The rest can be seen here.
Petey, Goose, and Child
Solid hit. Not the best of the night, but a good example of the physical play.