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[BN] Rinkside: Five things as Canisius hosts Bentley

Bentley at Canisius
7:35 p.m., Friday and Saturday
at HarborCenter

1. This could be a low-scoring affair. The only team who has fewer goals in Atlantic Hockey than Canisius is Bentley. The Golden Griffins have scored 19 goals in league play this year while Bentley has notched 18. Overall, Canisius ranks second-last in the country in goals per game, averaging 1.67.

2. Beware the special teams. The offensive category Bentley is making national noise at is shorthanded goals for. The Falcons have scored five times while on the penalty kill with the goals coming from five different players.

3. Goaltending the key for the Griffs. Senior transfer Charles Williams continues to keep Canisius in games. He is tied for sixth nationally in save percentage (.938) having seen the fifth most shots in the country (405) while his 2.20 goals against average ranks 19th.

4. Bentley has a good goalie, too. Junior Jayson Argue has a .919 save percentage and a 2.74 goals against average. He has seen 382 shots in 12 games this season, ranking eighth in the country. His stats are better in conference, where his goals against is 2.44.

5. Both teams need points but for different reasons. Canisius is tied for fourth in Atlantic Hockey with 10 points (4-3-2) after a 5-1 home loss to Mercyhurst. The Griffs are looking to move up, or at least keep pace, with the top teams in the league as the race for the first-round playoff bye will heat up after the semester break. Meanwhile Bentley is in a four-way tie for last place (2-4-2) and needs a strong weekend to move out of the basement and into contention for home ice.

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