Canisius showed just why they’re considered to be a scrappy team this afternoon.
Despite getting nearly run out of the building in the first 10 minutes, goalie Tony Capobianco shut the door, let his nervous teammates settle in and put the Griffins in a position where they were one Gophers breakdown or bad bounce or great play away from tying the game and sending this one to overtime.
But in the end, freshman Adam Wilcox shut the door with 20 saves for his first college shutout by a 1-0 score. His last, with 30 seconds left to cruelly rob Tyler Wiseman, was a thing of beauty and may have earned him the No. 1 job.
Don Lucia wouldn’t say obviously, but he definitely raved about the South St. Paul lad and the confidence he has in him during the postgame press scrum. By Thursday, Lucia said the coaching staff will either decide to continue with the Michael Shibrowski-Wilcox rotation into a fourth weekend, maybe switch it up where Wilcox plays Friday and Shibrowski Saturday OR let one goalie play both games.
That sounds to me like Wilcox plays Friday against Minnesota State, and if he plays well and/or isn’t overly taxed, he plays on the road in Mankato on Saturday.
Again, this is pure conjecture but an educated guess from somebody who’s covered a lot of hockey games (albeit not a lot of college games) and read the minds of a ton of coaches.
Kyle Rau scored 12 seconds in and looked like he had a ton of energy after missing Friday’s exhibition game with a bum ankle. He had seven shots and was robbed a bunch by Capacabana, I mean, Capobianco.
You’ve got to feel for the Griffins’ goalie. He made 41 saves tonight, was outstanding, has a 1.78 goals against average this year and a .933 save percentage, YET, the poor guy hasn’t gotten a W because of a lack of goal support.
In six games, Canisius has given up 12 goals and scored only five.
Tonight, Rau, Erik Haula and Nick Bjugstad combined for 20 of the Gophers’ 42 shots. They attempted 73. Bjugstad and Jake Parenteau, who played after taking a shot to the knee Friday, assisted on Rau’s goal.
Sam Warning didn’t play and his status isn’t known yet for next weekend. Lucia said he did ride the bike the last few days. Defenseman Ben Marshall played forward after just one day of practice on the second line today.
Lucia said Brady Skjei is looking good for next weekend. He missed both games this weekend but did practice the other day.
I’ll be blogging after the charity game later tonight, and you can follow all the anecdotes on www.twitter.com/russostrib.