The Canisius men's hockey team ended one of its longest losing streaks Thursday night when the Golden Griffins notched a 3-1 win over RIT at the Buffalo State Ice Arena in an Atlantic Hockey contest.
The win ended an eight-game losing streak to the Tigers, the longest against any single team in the Division I era for Canisius. The last time the Golden Griffins defeated RIT was Feb. 10, 2008 in a 5-4 win.
Scott Moser's goal with 5:24 left in the third gave Canisius (1-2) its first win of the season.
"The confidence that we gained from a hard-fought victory against this very good RIT team is critical for the development of our young players," Griffs coach Dave Smith said. "Our seniors led with a passion and that filtered down to the rest of the team."
RIT took a 1-0 lead early in the game when Mike Colavecchia scored a power-play goal at 4:19. The Griffs answered in the second when Preston Shupe scored his first goal of the year on the power play at 1:22.
With 7:48 left in the third period, RIT had a goal waived off after the stick that deflected the puck into the net was ruled above the crossbar.
Then with 5:24 left Moser gave Canisius the 2-1 lead. Kyle Gibbons added an empty-net goal with 45 seconds left to seal the win.
Senior Dan Morrison recorded 33 saves in the win as RIT (1-1-1) held a 34-24 advantage in shots on goal.
The 24 shots on goal were an impressive offensive bounce-back for the Griffs who recorded just nine shots on goal in Saturday's loss at Quinnipiac -- the lowest single-game total in Canisius history. In fact, the 24 shots were more than the Griffs generated in two losses to the Bobcats to open the season. Canisius combined for just one goal on 23 shots in the series.
"It was an awesome feeling tonight getting this win," said Moser, a Kenmore West graduate. "I couldn't be prouder of our young guys. We bounced back from last weekend. This is a big win especially for Dan and myself. This game means a lot to us, having fought four years and getting our first win against RIT."
The Griffs return to action on Oct. 29 at Air Force.