By: Connor Pohlman, Sports Editor
Senior goaltender Jacob Barczewski made a career-high 52 saves in the first game of Canisius’ weekend series against Air Force. Despite Barczewski’s valiant effort, the Golden Griffins dropped the game to a late score in the third period, falling 2-1.
“That's the best I've ever seen a goalie play in my time as a head coach,” Trevor Large said. “Barczewski battled for 60 minutes tonight. He made save after save. He made tough ones, easy ones. He was very solid. That was maybe the best performance I've seen by a goalkeeper in a long, long time."
The Falcons kept their foot on the gas the entire game, outshooting Canisius 54-23 for a commanding advantage.
Air Force’s Willie Reim was the first on the scoresheet, sliding the puck between Barczewski’s legs from the top of the crease to put the Falcons up early.
Senior Ryan Miotto answered for Canisius a little more than three minutes later, netting his own rebound after his first attempt was halted.
Clayton Cosentino returned the lead to Air Force with just over a minute to play in the second period. Canisius piled on a game-high 10 shots in the final frame, but none landed, and Cosentino’s tally would be the game winner.
After the 2-1 loss, the Ice Griffs would turn their sights to Tuesday, where they would have a chance at redemption in a Valentine’s Day showdown.
Determined not to drop both games of the series, Canisius left no room for doubt in their second game, as they buried the Falcons 4-1.
Air Force appeared to be primed for a repeat when Nate Horn opened the scoring, putting the Falcons on the board early.
Canisius’ Randy Hernandez and captain Keaton Mastrodonato responded with a pair of their own goals to put the Griffs in the lead 2-1.
Canisius improved to 9-0-0 this season when taking a lead into the third period with Tuesday’s victory.
Mastrodonato’s goal would eventually be the game winner as the Griffs went into the third with the lead. Mastrodonato would score again in the final frame, along with Grant Loven, to hammer home the final nail in the coffin, icing the game 4-1.
Canisius returns home for its final two home games of the regular season this weekend as it welcomes Sacred Heart for a pair of games. Puck drop for both contests of the Feb. 18-19 series is scheduled for 4 p.m.