NCAA DIV I MEN’S ICE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
Here along the Lake a private Jesuit college, Canisius College founded in 1870 has won the Atlantic Hockey Conference Championship downtown over Holy Cross winning the Jack Riley Trophy to represent the Atlantic Hockey Conference in the NCAA Tournament Regionals March 23-28 in Fargo, North Dakota.
Canisius first began Division I Men’s Ice Hockey in 1997-98 joining the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and made it to the Finals by upsetting the top-seeded team in the semi-finals, Canisius left the MAAC to join the Atlantic Hockey Conference in 2003-04 for the Conference’s inaugural season.
In 2012-13 Canisius won their first Conference championship and first trip to the NCAA Tournament, now after earning their second AHC title and getting into the NCAA Tournament their biggest challenge awaits them in the number one seeded team in the Nation, Minnesota.
The Canisius Golden Griffins (20-18-3) can shock the College Hockey world by upsetting the Minnesota Golden Gophers (26-9-1) in the opening round at Scheels Arena this Thursday, March 23rd with the opening faceoff scheduled for nine o’clock.