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Strong defensive month for Canisius backstopped by Asmundson

As the season wears on, senior Keegan Asmundson keeps getting better for the Canisius College Golden Griffins.

He earned Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Month honors for February after backstopping a stellar Griffs defense. During the month he posted a 1.49 goals against average and a .943 save percentage helping Canisius earn the No. 2 seed for the conference playoffs.

Asmundson won his final four starts as the Griffs jumped from fourth to second place in Atlantic Hockey -- matching the program's best regular season conference finish. His 2.09 goals against average is currently the best single-season mark in program history.

It wasn't until the second half of the season when Asmundson found his groove.

“I was able to settle in and relax,” he said last month. “Just play a quiet style game. Be big. Be dumb. Stop-the-puck kind of thing. I just go back to the details, the hard work in practice and keeping it simple.”

The Griffs have a first-round bye. They will host a best-of-three quarterfinal series March 13-15 at HarborCenter. That's good news for Asmundson, who ranks 10th in the nation with save percentage at home (.933).

Their opponent is yet to be determined as Atlantic Hockey reseeds after each round.

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