Keegan Asmundson has earned the most playing time he’s ever gotten in one season this year at Canisius, and after his performance on Saturday afternoon in the Hart Center the junior netminder will likely get some more playing time.
Asmundson made 31 saves to earn his first collegiate shutout during the Golden Griffins’ 3-0 triumph over host Holy Cross before a crowd of 351 in Worcester, Mass.
It’s the first conference series weekend sweep of the season for the Griffs (7-10-1, 6-4-1).
Canisius was outshot 13-1 in the first period but went into the intermission scoreless thanks to Asmundson, who is now 3-4 in seven starts. Prior to this season, he had started only two games and appeared in six overall while serving as senior Tony Capobianco’s backup.
Patrick Sullivan, Cody Freeman and Stephen Miller scored for Canisius, which killed off all three power-play chances by the Crusaders (4-13-2, 3-7-2).
Canisius meets Sacred Heart at 3 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo State Ice Arena.
In another conference clash, Niagara snapped a seven-game winless streak and won on the road for the first time this season by rallying for a 5-3 win over Bentley.
At the John Ryan Skating Arena in Waltham, Mass., Mike Conderman scored twice, Chris Lochner had a goal and an assist and Matt Dineen and Isaac Kohls also scored for the Purple Eagles (4-11-3, 4-4-3), who are now 1-9-3 away from Dwyer Arena.
NU trailed, 3-2, late in the second period when Dineen scored off a Hugo Turcotte assist with 1:12 left in the frame. Twenty-seven seconds later, Conderman scored what proved to be the game-winner on the power play. Kohls scored late in the third period to seal the deal. Jackson Teichroeb made 30 saves for NU.
The Falcons fell to 9-8-2 overall, 7-3-2 in conference.
Niagara hosts American International at 7 p.m. Friday.