October 26, 2014
College Sports

Canisius storms back to defeat Army

West Point, N.Y. – Junior Ralph Cuddemi (Concord, Ontario) and freshmen Nolan Sheeran (East Amherst, N.Y.) and Reilly Turner (Temiscaming, Quebec) led the Canisius College hockey team to overcome a three-goal deficit in regulation for the first time in the program’s history as the Griffs earned a 6-4 road Atlantic Hockey victory at Army on Friday night. With the win, Canisius improves to 2-1-0 and 1-0-0 in league play, while the Black Knights drop to 1-2-0 overall and against Atlantic Hockey foes.

Cuddemi recorded the program’s 16th all-time hat trick in the rally, while Sheeran posted the first three points of his collegiate career, netting the game-winning third-period goal to go along with two assists. Turner played the final 27 minutes in net for the Griffs, stopping all 15 shots he faced in earning his first collegiate victory.

“The first half of tonight’s game was all Army as they out-worked, out-executed and was just the better team,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. “We found a way to band together through good-hard work and good special teams to get this win. It’s a really good and important team win to open our league schedule and we now need to carry this forward.”

Sophomore Shane Conacher (Burlington, Ontario) and senior Matthew Grazen (Clarence, N.Y.) also added short-handed goals in the comeback victory.

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