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Goals may be tough to come by in Canisius-Army weekend series

“First team to one wins” may not be a stretch this weekend when Canisius and Army West Point meet in an Atlantic Hockey Association two-game series at HarborCenter.

That’s because two of the nation’s best goalies will be guarding the nets in Charles Williams of the Golden Griffins and Parker Gahagen of Army.

The series begins tonight at 7:35 p.m., with the second contest slated for 4:05 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be on TWCSN.

Canisius (14-10-5, 13-4-4) enters the series on quite the hot streak. The Griffs are unbeaten in their last eight and winners of six straight as they now sit atop the conference standings by two points over Air Force.

Williams is a big reason for that as he enters the series leading the nation with a .945 save percentage. He’s sixth in the country with a 1.88 goals-against average.

Gahagen, the former Williamsville North and Buffalo Junior Sabres star, leads the nation with five shutouts, ranks fifth in goals against (1.84) and is fourth in save percentage (.936). This could potentially be the final time the senior gets to play in his hometown as a collegiate netminder because this is the Black Knights’ final visit to the area during the regular season.

Gahagen, the Hobey Baker nominee, played in his 100th career game last weekend and is 154 saves shy of the program record.

Army (12-10-3, 11-8-1) beat Canisius in a two-game series at West Point in November by scores of 3-0 and 5-2.

Tonight will be Military Appreciation Night at HarborCenter, as any active or retired service people will receive two game tickets by showing a valid military ID at the door.

Fans attending the games are encouraged to use MetroRail because of events at KeyBank Center that may limit parking around HarborCenter.

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