BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sophomore Rob Martin scored two goals, including the game-winner at 1:42 of the overtime period, to lift Canisius to a 4-3 victory over Army Saturday night at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. The Griffs improve to 11-12-2 overall and into fourth place in the MAAC with a 10-6-2 record. Army falls to 5-15-5 overall, 5-10-5 in the league.
Martin sent the Griffs into celebration mode with his team-high 12th of the season on a pass from Corey Lucas into the slot, where Martin beat Army goalie John Yaros to the top corner. Fred Coccimiglio also assisted on the game-winner.
Army opened the scoring at the 14:49 mark of the first period as Chris Casey beat Canisius goalie Sean Weaver for his eighth goal of the year. Chris Garceau and Chad Mayfield had assists on the power-play goal as Army took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Griffs rallied for a pair of goals in the second stanza to take a 2-1 lead after two periods of play. Martin knotted the score at the 6:37 mark as he took a pass from Marc Bouffard in front of the net and beat Yaros from seven feet. Bouffard would get a red light himself with 8:05 remaining in the period as he came away from a flurry in front of the Army net and slipped it in the right side on the power play for the 2-1 advantage. Bouffard’s fourth of the year was assisted by Lucas and Brad Kenny
The Black Knights tied the score at 2-2 on Jon Boyle’s fifth of the season at 5:45 of the third period, with assists from Eric Joyce and Tim Fisher. Army opened a 3-2 lead just two and a half minutes later as Garceau beat Weaver high on the stick side for his ninth of the season from Casey and Chad Mayfield.
Canisius rallied late in the period for the equalizer with 2:14 remaining as Kenny fed the puck to Fred Coccimiglio who, from his knees, slid a cross-ice pass to Mark Persick . Persick beat Yaros from the right faceoff circle on the glove side for his fourth of the year, setting the stage for Martin’s overtime heroics.
Weaver stopped 20 shots for his seventh win of the season, while Yaros posted 42 saves for Army.