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Atlantic Hockey semifinal team-by-team capsules

By: Joe Paisley
March 15, 2017 Updated: March 15, 2017 at 3:39 pm
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Here are team-by-team capsules for this weekend’s Atlantic Hockey Conference semifinals at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y.

The game between No. 2 seed Air Force and Army is scheduled for 5 p.m. Mountain time Friday but is likely to start almost an hour later since the early semifinal pits top-seeded Canisius against the fourth-seeded Robert Morris Colonials at 2:30. There is a mandatory 1-hour warm-up in between semifinals.

The title game is at 5 p.m. Saturday. Here are the capsules:

No. 1 seed Canisius (21-10-7)

National ranking: No. 20

Leaders: Dylan McLaughlin, So., F, 32 points (14 goals); Ryan Schmelzer, Jr., F, 30 (18 assists); Felix Chamberland, So., F, 24 points (10 goals); Nick Hutchison, Fr., F, 23 points (12 goals); Charles Williams, Sr., G, 21-6-5, 1.75 goals against, .946 saves percentage.

Record vs.: Robert Morris, 1-0-1; Air Force, 1-0-1; Army, 1-2-1.

Ice chips: Williams, a Hobey Baker Top 10 finalist, set school shutout streak record (209 minutes, 33 seconds) this season. Williams is a transfer from Ferris State, where he was 5-8-1 in three seasons. … Canisius is 17-0 in AHC play when scoring first … The Griffs’ 21 wins tied the program record (1986-87, 1999-2000). … Canisius has scored a power-play goal in 15 of its last 16 games.

No. 2 Air Force (24-9-5)

National ranking: No. 17

Leaders: Jordan Himley, Jr., F, 31 points (19 goals); Kyle Haak, So., F, 30 (18 assists); Evan Giesler, So. F., 28 (11 goals); Phil Boje, Jr., D, 28 (20 assists); Evan Feno, So., F, 25 (18 assists); Shane Starrett, So., G, 23-5-4, 1.99 goals against, .924 saves percentage.

Record vs.: Army, 3-1; Canisius, 0-1-1; Robert Morris, 1-1.

Ice chips: 14 Falcons have 12 or more points this season … Air Force has Division 1’s best penalty kill (89.6 percent) and is third with 24 wins (Denver 28, Union 25) … The Falcons’ 13 road/neutral ice wins are tied for most with Union, Ohio State and UMass-Lowell. … Air Force is 21-1-3 when scoring three goals or more. … This is the fourth postseason meeting between the service academies with the Falcons at 3-0, including the 2007 AHC title win that sent AFA (28-10 all-time AHC playoffs) to the NCAAs for the first time.

No. 3 Army (18-13-5)

National ranking: na

Leaders: Conor Andrle, Jr., F, 28 points (14 goals); Zach Evancho, Fr. F, 23 points (13 goals); Dominic Franco, Fr. F, 22 points (13 assists); Brendan Soucie, Fr., F, 21 (15 goals); Parker Gahagen, Sr., G, 18-12-4, 2.03 goals against, .933 saves percentage; Cole Bruns, Jr., G, 0-1-1, 1.30 goals, .9439 saves.

Record vs.: Air Force, 1-3; Canisius, 2-1-1; Robert Morris, 1-1.

Ice chips: Bruns replaced an injured Gahagen during the third period on Sunday and may start Friday. ... Junior forward Tylan Pham (21 points, 16 assists) is a Colorado native. … Fourteen Black Knights have recorded at least 10 points. … Andrle and Pham both have 15 multi-point games in their careers. … Franco and Alex Wilkinson both made the AHC all-rookie team.

No. 4 Robert Morris (21-11-4)

National ranking: na

Leaders: Brady Ferguson, Jr., F, 55 points (21 goals); Daniel Leavens, Sr., F, 46 (32 assists); Alex Tonge, So., F, 42 (19 goals); Eric Israel, So., D, 29 (21 assists); Timmy Moore, Jr., F, 25 points (15 goals); Francis Marotte, Fr., G, 16-7-3, 2.08 goals against, .933 saves percentage.

Record vs.: Canisius, 0-1-1; Army, 1-1; Air Force, 1-1.

Ice chips: Ferguson recorded 51 of his 55 points in AHC play to be the league scoring champion. … Leavens was second in conference play (34 points). … Israel was named to the AHC third team while Marotte made the all-rookie team.

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