Welcome to a cliche’ edition of Three Things I Learned. Note that I said “a” cliche’ edition and not “the “cliche’ edition because I reserve the right to do it again.
“Ya gotta play 60 minutes.” - After Robert Morris lost to Michigan State 6-3, allowing three goals in the third period, Colonials coach Derek Schooley tweeted: “Had two really good periods. Unfortunately, the game is 3 periods long.” In Rochester Institute of Technology’s 2-1 loss at Mercyhurst, the Tigers allowed both goals in a two-minute span late in the second period, a period in which RIT outshout the Lakers 16-6. And finally, Air Force let a two-goal lead over Canisius slip away in the final 94 seconds of its game on Saturday. “The game is 60 minutes, not 58,” Air Force coach Frank Serratore said after the game. “We needed someone to dig in and win a faceoff, or someone to make a play or make save and we didn’t get any of them.”
“Ya can’t win if ya can’t score.”– RIT got a goal from defenseman Nolan Descoteaux 4:19 into its game with Canisius on October 20. The Golden Griffins would get the next three and win 3-1. The Tigers were also shut out 5-0 by Union two days later and on Friday didn’t score until 4:52 left in their game at Mercyhurst, for a school-record shutout period of 170:49. Descoteaux also scored that goal.”We tried to get pucks to the net, had plenty of traffic, and fired 50 shots, but couldn’t get a lot of puck luck,” said RIT coach Wayne Wilson. ”Mercyhurst blocked a lot of shots, but we still had our share of chances, just couldn’t get the puck in.”
“Ya gotta have good goaltending.” - As Wilson mentioned, RIT fired 50 shots at Mercyhurst senior goaltender Max Strang, but Strang stopped 49 of the them for the win. In Colorado Springs, Canisius goalie Tony Capobianco helped his team to a 3-3 tie despite Air Force outshooting the Griffins 48-24. And finally, Niagara rookie goaltender’s Colby Drost’s collegiate career got off to a good start with a 42 save performance in a 2-1 win at Colgate.
Ya gotta love it.