Canisius vs. Providence
April 1, 2006
The Game Story:
A career-high five goals from sophomore Michael Blocho (Grand Island, N.Y.) along with four goals from junior Kevin Ross (Toronto, Ont.) were enough as Canisius held on for a 12-11 win over Providence Saturday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex.

After each team scored twice in the first period, Canisius (3-5, 2-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) opened up a 6-2 lead with four straight goals in the second. Two of those goals came during a 12-second span as Ross and Stephen Ola (Williamsville, N.Y.) each netted goals early in the period. Kiel Illg (Lackawanna, N.Y.) got his second goal of the season and Blocho (right) scored his first of the day to give the Griffs the 6-2 lead with 5:55 remaining in the second.

Providence (2-3, 2-1) seized the momentum going into the locker room, scoring with four seconds left in the half on Devin McBride’s fourth goal of the season. The Friars built on that goal early in the third period, scoring twice in 19 seconds and cut the Canisius lead to 6-5 just 1:46 into the half.

After a Canisius timeout, Blocho got his second of the game at 12:18 of the third period to end the three-goal streak by the Friars. The teams traded goals for the rest of the period until Ross got his third of the day just before the third period ended, giving Canisius a 10-7 advantage.

Providence continued its second-half surge with the first three goals of the fourth period, all from Bobby Labadine and tied the game at 10-10 with 5:28 left. Blocho put the Griffs up for good, scoring 23 seconds later, and Ross netted the gamewinner at 2:24. Providence cut the lead to one goal with exactly two minutes remaining and had a opportunity in the final seconds, but the shot from Brendan Ryan went wide.

Angus Dineley (Toronto, Ont.) earned his first win of the season, making six saves. Peter Littell had 10 saves in the loss.

The Griffs return to the road next weekend, playing at Wagner on Saturday, April 8. Gametime is set for 1 p.m.

Game Notes: Blocho’s previous career high came in the season’s first game when he had three goals at Princeton… Ross had multiple goals for the fifth straight game… Dineley’s last win came April 23, 2005, against the Virginia Military Institute… Brad Favero (St. Catharines, Ont.) had an assist and has scored in the past seven games… Canisius won for the first time in three meetings against Providence, with the last win coming March 27, 2004… The Blue and Gold opened its home schedule with a win for the third consecutive year… Canisius won while allowing double-digit goals for the first time since April 3, 2004, a 13-12 win against Saint Joseph’s... The Griffs have scored at least 11 goals in all their wins this season.