Updated: Monday, 26 Jan 2009, 10:08 PM EST
Published : Monday, 26 Jan 2009, 11:17 AM EST
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The page is turned. The Griffs are on the rise! Two weekends
ago, this was the scene at 15th ranked Air Force. Canisius stole a
pair of games from the nationally ranked Falcons.
"It says we have a lot of character, a lot of heart, knowing that we are playing against a ranked team and we haven't won 13 games against one of them. It's a great feeling knowing that we did come out with a win and I was proud of it," Dave Kostuch, Leads Griffs in goals scored.
"Our reward comes in the 2 victories. But, it's not the end of the year, and it's not the end of a program. It's just one step along the way," Dave Smith, Canisius Hockey Coach.
The way to a playoff spot that is. The Griffs goal is to finish in the top 4 of their league so they can win home ice in the postseason.
"We're on the rise. We're very confident, we feel like we can compete with anyone in the nation right now. So, I'm, excited at what we can do," Vincent Scarsella, Griffs forward.
"We actually gave them a quote today and it was reputations
aren't built on what you are going to do. It's what you do
now. We believe in ourselves here, we see how hard we work
every day, but we have to show everyone else that we can get
results week in and week out," Smith.
Another sign that the Griffs program is on the rise: three of their players have been nominated for the Hobey Baker Award which goes to the nations top player.
Next up for the Griffs: they are home on Friday and
Saturday hosting Sacred Heart.