GAME #8 - CANISIUS 3, #16 ALABAMA 6
PELHAM, Ala. - The No. 16 Alabama hockey program won a penalty-laden contest on Saturday night in the Pelham Civic Complex, defeating Canisius, 6-3. With the win, Alabama improves to 7-1 on the year and has won six straight games. The streak is the longest ever against Division-I opponents and tied for the seventh-longest such streak in program history.
“The coaching staff was just preaching the whole time to not get into the stuff too much,” junior Taylor Joseph said. “That’s not how we play, we want to be disciplined out there. They’re a good team, they battle hard, give all the credit to them.”
After trading goals in the first two periods, the score was tied 2-2 with 2:25 left in the second period. With 15 seconds left in the frame, Joseph broke the tie with a power-play goal. As the horn sounded to end the frame, a fight broke out that trailed off into two individual scraps.
Six penalties came from the fight that were all enforced at the start of the third period. Senior Jon Lovorn and Canisius’ Ryan Logar were both ejected for their parts in the altercation.
Just over two minutes into the third, Canisius was given a five-minute slashing major. Senior Jack Rooney scored on the resulting power-play to give Alabama a 4-2 lead. Senior Jeremy Hannah extended the lead to 5-2 before freshman Zach McDaniel added his second of the night to make it 6-2. Stan Pawlow scored for the Golden Griffins in the final three minutes to result in the final score.
Five Alabama players recorded multiple points. McDaniel scored twice, while Hannah, Joseph and Rooney each had a goal and an assist. Sophomore Taylor Bowman assisted twice. Senior Dane Sana also scored for Alabama.
The team took 35 minutes in penalties, its highest total since racking up 38 against Auburn on Jan. 21, 2017. Alabama outshot Canisius, 40-37.
Alabama now embarks on a six-game stretch away from home beginning with a two-game series at Arkansas on Nov. 10-11. The puck will drop in the Jones Center at 7 p.m. CT.
“I think it’s huge honestly, everything we’ve accomplished so far this year and everything we’ve worked, everyday at practice and during games for,” Joseph said. “But we can throw that away if we’re not careful here. We’ve got to take these next road games seriously. I know we will be this week, working in practice and we should be ready to go.”