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[BN] Rinkside: 5 things as Canisius and RIT meet in a home-and-home weekend

RIT vs. Canisius
7:05 p.m., Friday at Polisseni Center
7:35 p.m., Saturday at HarborCenter

1. Charles remains in charge. Senior transfer goaltender Charles Williams has been solid for the Golden Griffins. He earned his fourth weekly honor, being named the Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week. He stopped 84 of 87 shots anchoring the Griffs to a three-point weekend at Air Force. He opened with 38 saves in a 4-1 win then made a career-high 46 saves in a 2-2 tie. In the latest national rankings, Williams is tied for second in save percentage (.941), tied for fifth in shutouts (3) and 12th in goals against average (2.06).

2. The Griffs are finding offense. Canisius scored six goals last weekend with five different goal scorers. Dylan McLaughlin was the only double goal-scorer with additional tallies from Jesse Pereira, David Bennett, Casey Jerry and Cameron Heath. The Griffs are 7-2-0 when scoring the first goal.

3. Canisius swept the earlier series. The Griffs have two wins against RIT, earning a 1-0 win on Nov. 4 in HarborCenter and a 2-1 win Nov. 5 in the Polisseni Center.

4. Sophomore leads RIT. Erik Brown leads the Tigers' offense. The sophomore already has set career highs in goals (13) and points (21) in 23 games. His 13 goals are tied for 17th nationally. He also has three two-goal games.

5. Both teams are watching the standings. Two points separate Canisius and RIT in the Atlantic Hockey standings. RIT is tied with Robert Morris for third with 20 points. The Tigers are 10-7-0 in league play, 10-12-1 overall. Canisius is in fifth with 18 points, a 7-4-4 league mark, 8-10-5 overall. The top five teams receive a first-round bye while the top four teams have home ice.

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