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JOE PAISLEY Updated: March 17, 2010 at 12:00 am

Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament

Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.

Championship game, semifinal winners, 5:05 p.m. Saturday

Semifinals, Friday

No. 5 Canisius (17-14-5, 13-11-4 AHA) vs. No. 1 Rochester Institute of Technology (24-11-1, 20-5-1), 2:05 p.m.

How they got here: Canisius swept off No. 4 Mercyhurst 5-4, 5-4 (2OT); RIT swept No. 9 Connecticut 4-3 (OT), 4-1.

Season series: 2-0 RIT: 8-0, 5-4 Feb. 26-27.

Canisius leaders:  F Cory Conacher (league-best 53 points, 33 assists); F Vincent Scarsella (41, 30 assists); F Josh Heidinger (39, 28 assists); G Dan Morrison (12-10-3, 3.12 goals against; .907 save percentage)

RIT leaders: F Cameron Burt (38 points, 14 goals); F Andrew Favot (38, 26 assists); D Dan Ringwald (30, 19 assists); G Jared DeMichiel (23-9-1, 2.10, .919).

Outlook: The host Tigers defense (2.17 goals) is tied for fourth nationally, which should be enough to slow down the Golden Griffin forwards. RIT qualifies for its first AHA championship game.

 

No. 3 Air Force (16-14-6, 14-8-6) vs. No. 2 Sacred Heart (20-12-4, 16-9-3), 5:35 p.m.

Radio: 1300 AM

How they got here: Air Force swept No. 6 Army 3-0, 4-2; Sacred Heart swept No. 7 Holy Cross 4-0, 4-3 (OT)

Season series: 2-2; Sacred Heart 4-1, 5-1 Jan. 2-3; AFA 6-3, 8-1 Feb. 26-27

Air Force leaders: F Jacques Lamoureux (41, 21 goals); F Derrick Burnett (32, 22 assists); D Tim Kirby (24, 19 assists), F Matt Fairchild (20, 10 goals); G Andrew Volkening (16-14-6, 2.46, .918)

Sacred Heart leaders: F Nick Johnson (52, 27 goals), F Dave Jarman (48, 35 assists), F Patrick Knowlton (38, 26 assists) of Colorado Springs; G Steven Legatto (18-9-3, 3.07, .908)

Outlook: The Falcons' offense is clicking on all four lines so things look good if the defense can slow down Johnson, Jarman and Knowlton enough in what is expected to be a high-scoring semifinal. Air Force has the goalie it needs to do so in Volkening (12-1 at tournament). Air Force goes for its fourth AHA title in a row Saturday.

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