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Canisius Riding Another Improbable Dream to Final

CHN Staff Report

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Junior defender Stephen Farrell scored his first goal of the season 13:30 into the second overtime to give Canisius another improbable victory, 5-4 over top-seeded Mercyhurst, and a trip to the Atlantic Hockey finals.

It's the second straight season Canisius has reached the final after starting the postseason as the No. 7 seed. Last year, it won the championship for the first time in program history, and lost a close game in the NCAAs. It's also the second double overtime win for Canisius this year, and it's needed both of them to keep playing.

Deep into the second extra period, Farrell fired a shot from the blue line that deflected off a Mercyhurst defender and into the net.

“It was a great hockey game tonight where both teams played really well and it was unfortunate somebody had to lose,” said Canisius head coach Dave Smith. “We had to play our best today to beat the regular-season champions and a well-coached and highly-skilled team. The bounce went in our favor tonight in overtime and I look forward to regrouping and trying to win another title tomorrow.”

For Mercyhurst, it was another crushing loss for the top seed. The Lakers have never won the Atlantic Hockey championship and haven't played in the NCAAs since 2001.

Cuddemi led the Griffs with two goals in the winning effort to go along with one assist for three points.

Senior Tony Capobianco set the program’s postseason record with a career-best 58 saves to earn the victory in goal.

Mercyhurst finished the game with a 62-47 advantage in shots in the game but Capobianco was up for the challenge in the winning effort.

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