The national leader in save percentage did nothing to hurt that statistic Friday night.
Canisius’ Charles Williams was flawless, as the Golden Griffins won their seventh in a row and stretched their unbeaten streak to nine games with a 4-0 triumph over Army West Point at the HarborCenter.
Canisius (15-10-5, 14-4-4) scored two goals in the second period and two in the third to remain in first place in Atlantic Hockey.
Williams came into the two-game weekend series leading the nation with .945 save percentage. That number will rise after he stopped 29 of 29 shots.
Ryan Schmelzer scored what proved to be the game-winner 28 seconds into the second period for the Griffs. Casey Jerry’s power-play goal roughly 11 minutes later made it 2-0. Mike Sabatini scored twice in the third, including an empty-netter with under three minutes left.
Former Williamsville North and Buffalo Junior Sabres star goalie Parker Gahagen, a nominee for the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top player, stopped 30 of 33 shots for Army (12-11-3, 11-9-1). He came in leading the nation in shutouts (five) and fourth in save percentage (.936).
This was Canisius’ first win in three games this season against the Black Knights as it scored just twice total in the previous two meetings.
The teams have a rematch at 4 p.m. Saturday at HarborCenter.coll