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Canisius hockey blanked at Army West Point

Canisius only had scored more than two goals in a game once during the season entering Friday’s game at Army West Point. They didn’t improve their total against the Black Knights.

In fact, they were shut out for the third time of the season - by a Western New York native, no less.

The Golden Griffins dropped a 3-0 decision to Army West Point, as Parker Gahagen had the shutout. Gahagen was picked as the state’s best player in 2011 when he played for Williamsville North.

This was his third shutout in only nine games played so far this season; he improved his career total to eight. Gahagen played in 34 games last year for the Black Knights.

Canisius fell to 4-6-1 on the season as its two-game winning streak came to an end. It also was the team’s first loss in Atlantic Hockey play, as it fell to 3-1-1. Army leads the conference with a 5-2 record, and is 5-3-1 overall.

This one got away from the Griffins relatively early in the game. Tipper Higgins opened the scoring for Army in the first three minutes. Then Nick DeCenzo made it a 2-0 game about two minutes later.

That was all the scoring until the third period. Dominic Franco put the puck in the net at 13:14 to make it a 3-0 game, and it held up the rest of the way.

The same two teams play on Saturday night in West Point. Game time is 7:05.

Then it’s back home for a five-game homestand, the longest of the season. It starts on Nov. 18-19 against AIC, and also includes one game with Mercyhurst and two games with Bentley in HarborCenter.

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