Golden Griffins Outlast St.Bonaventure

The Golden Griffins outlast St.Bonaventure, 11-9. The Canisius Golden Griffins (3-2 2-2 MAAC) took on the St.Bonaventure Bonnies (2-4, 1-4 MAAC) in a defensive battle in mid-town Buffalo, New York. The defensive first half would only result in a total of eight goals. 

The Bonnies claimed the only two first-quarter markers with Mark Belles setting up Jake Rosa (3g,1a). It would take just over nine minutes for Belles (1g,1a) to get it to a 2-0 Bonnies lead after the initial 15:00. Jacob Buck set up Keegan Kozack (3g) on the advantage and the Griffins scoreless string was snapped at 19:39.

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The same duo had the same result just :27 later with an even-strength goal that made it 2-2. The remainder of the half was “you score, we score” kicked off by Rosa hitting Sean Westley (4g). Jackson Naylor (2a) promptly found Mike Penna (3g,1a) to knot it up at 3-3.

Rosa put Bonnies up, 4-3 but Penna had an answer to close the half with the score even at 4-4. Canisius came out fired up for the second half with Dan Kritkausky (2g), Hunter Parucki (2g), and Penna setting up Jacob Buck (1g,4a) to give the Griffins a 7-4 advantage.

Rosa and Austin Blumbergs (1g) countered to take it the final quarter with Canisius in front, 7-6. Kritkausky notched his sixth of the season but Westley had an answer on the EMO to keep it a one-goal game at 8-7. Parucki scored his third of the season :55 later, Kozack made it a 10-7 affair.

Once again, the Bonnies had the answer with another Westley score to draw it to a two-goal game. Penna would register his 4th and Westley checked back in with 1:58 remaining but the Bonnies could do no more. The Golden Griffins outlast St.Bonaventure.

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Brett Dobson made 15 saves for the Bonnies while Matt Vavonese had 9 in his first collegiate start. Connor Beals was an outstanding 17 of 24 from the “X” for the Griffins. Canisius had the edge in all categories including 43-32 in shots with a 26-18 lead with on-goal tries. Ground balls were 37-26 with turnovers being 20-19.   

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