He’s been a bit lost in the shadow of Niagara goalie Carsen Chubak, who leads the nation in save percentage, shutouts and goals-against average, but Canisius netminder Tony Capobianco is also having a statistical dream season.
He lowered his 1.84 goals-against average to 1.79 (10th best in the country) and improved his .939 save percentage to .941 (T-sixth) Sunday night by allowing no more than one goal in a game for the eighth time this season. Unfortunately, his victory total didn’t increase as Joe Kozlak’s goal with 2:09 left in overtime was the difference as Army salvaged a split of the Atlantic Hockey Association weekend series by beating the Golden Griffins, 1-0, before 785 at the Buffalo State Ice Arena. The Black Knights won an overtime game for the first time since beating Mercyhurst, 3-2, in OT on Jan. 7, 2006.
The loss is just Canisius’ second in seven games.
Army (6-8-2, 6-3-2) outshot the Griffs, 36-25, as Rob Tadazak earned the program’s first shutout since Jan. 22, 2010. He made 15 saves in the third period and overtime as Kozlak scored the winner after receiving a pass from R.J. Burns, who drove to the Griffs’ net on the play.
Canisius (6-8-4, 5-4-2) returns to action at noon Saturday against Bowling Green at the Ice Arena.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Ashley Wallace (Starpoint) scored a career-high 22 points for Buffalo State (4-6) in a 71-58 loss to the University of Rochester (8-2), which has participated in six of the last seven NCAA Division III tournaments.