By John Lachmann
WHO: Canisius Golden Griffins (1-2) at No. 6 Miami RedHawks (3-2-1).
WHERE: Cady Arena, Oxford, Ohio.
WHEN: Friday—7:35 p.m.; Saturday—7:05 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Both games—Miami Web site All-Access only.
NOTES: Miami has never lost to Canisius, having won in four previous meetings with the Golden Griffins, all of which were played at Cady Arena.
After the Ice Breaker tournament that christened the rink, Canisius came into Oxford in 2006-07 and the RedHawks came away with 5-1 and 3-1 victories.
They played the next season as well, with Miami winning 4-0 and 11-1 – the latter being the last time RedHawks fans couldn’t do the goal chant with two hands (unless they were related to Antonio Alfonseca).
Canisius opened the season with losses at Niagara and at Air Force, and then inexplicably went to Denver and won, 4-1.
Senior Tony Capobianco was in the net for the two losses and posted a 4.06 goals-against average and an .896 save percentage, but junior Keegan Asmundson, playing in just his seventh collegiate game, stopped 36 of 37 shots vs. Denver.
In a limited sample, Asmundson – who also plays lacrosse for the Golden Griffins – has a career 1.38 GAA, so Miami could see him both nights if he plays well.
Senior forward Kyle Gibbons is Canisius’ top offensive threat. He scored 21 goals and set up 22 more last season – both team bests – and has two goals and a helper already this season.
Junior Cody Freeman is the only other returning double-digit goal scorer from 2012-13, having posted 12 goals and eight assists and another to start this campaign.
Senior Patrick Sullivan finished with eight goals and 14 assists last season and has scored a goal in 2013-14.
Senior Taylor Law missed all but 15 games last season with an injury, but went 11-15-26 in 2011-12 and has netted a goal already this season.
On defense, senior Ben Danford leads the team in points with five assists. Danford has five goals and 57 assists in his career.
Senior Duncan McKellar is another one of the Golden Griffins’ top blueliners, having rolled up three goals and 11 helpers last season and picking up an assist in 2013-14.
And Canisius has Chris Rumble, son of former NHL first-round pick Darren Rumble, who is coming off a seven-point rookie season, although he did not play in any of the Golden Griffins’ first three games.