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[BN] Rinkside: Five things to know as Canisius and RIT face off

Canisius returns to Atlantic Hockey play this weekend with a home-and-home series with RIT. The Griffs are coming off a challenging weekend at Penn State while RIT won two over league rival Bentley. Here are five things to know about the weekend series:

Canisius vs. RIT
7:35 p.m., Friday at HarborCenter
7 p.m., Saturday at Polisseni Center 

1. It was a hard weekend for Canisius goaltenders. The Griffs were swept by then-No. 19 Penn State, 4-1 and 4-2, in Pegula Ice Arena last weekend. The first night, Penn State held a 65-22 advantage in shots with freshman goalie Daniel Urbani making 61 saves. Next up was senior transfer Charles Williams, who made 43 saves as the Griffs were outshot, 47-21. Those two games, along with the small sample size, are largely the reason why Canisius is giving up the most shots on goal per game in the nation (38.75).

2. Scoring in bits and pieces. Scoring hasn't come easily to the Griffs. Sophomore Felix Chamberland has five points with three goals, although all three of those goals came via a power-play hat trick against Robert Morris on Oct. 21. He is tied for the team lead with junior Ryan Schmelzer, who has five points on two goals and three assists.

3. RIT has two reigning players of the week. Tigers sophomore Erik Brown and junior defenseman Brady Norrish earned Atlantic Hockey honors as the offensive player and defensive player of the week. Brown had a five-point weekend in RIT's sweep of Bentley to give him the team scoring lead with six goals and 10 points. Norrish had four assists, blocked three shots, and was plus-3 in the sweep.

4. RIT leads the all-time series. The Tigers lead the head-to-head series with Canisius, 21-10-1, in the Division I era for both schools. Last year the teams split their regular-season series.

5. Atlantic Hockey standings are still difficult to shake out. Early season usually means a schedule heavy with non-conference games so it can be difficult to get a handle on the standings. RIT has played four conference games and, with a 3-1-0 mark, is tied with Army West Point for first. The Griffs have played just two, going 1-0-1 against Robert Morris to sit tied for fifth.

And a bonus note:

Roster move: Sophomore forward Josh Supryka left Canisius to play for the Kingston Fronteancs of the Ontario Hockey League where his dad, Jason, is an assistant coach. Supryka had one assist in 35 games played for the Griffs.

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