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Canisius hockey blanks Holy Cross in series opener, 3-0

WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Cameron Heath scored two goals and senior goaltender Charles Williams stopped all 30 shots he faced to lead Canisius to a 3-0 victory over Holy Cross in Atlantic Hockey Conference action Friday at the Hart Center.

Freshman Casey Jerry also scored for the Griffs (7-8-3, 6-3-3 AHC) while fellow newcomer Nick Hutchison dished out two assists.

Williams was once again solid between the pipes for the Blue and Gold, picking up his third shutout of the season with the 30-save performance. Paul Berrafato got the start in goal for the Crusaders (6-8-3, 3-5-3 AHC). He finished the contest with 15 saves.  

Following a scoreless first, the Griffs took control of the game with three goals in the second period, highlighted by a pair of tallies in the opening 2:30 of the frame.

Heath started the barrage at the 1:43 mark of the second, beating Berrafato with a wrist shot inside the left post while on the rush for his first goal of the season.

Jerry doubled the Canisius margin just 47 seconds later, netting his second goal of the campaign to make it a 2-0 game.

Heath struck for a second time with 13:55 elapsed in the period, converting a backdoor feed from freshman Matt Hoover while the Griffs were on the power play to expand the Canisius margin to 3-0.

Holy Cross looked to get back into the contest in the third, firing a game-high 11 shots on goal during the final frame. Williams was up to the task, however, keeping the Crusaders off the scoreboard to preserve the shutout.

The teams complete their weekend series Saturday with a New Year’s Eve matinee. Opening faceoff between the Griffs and Crusaders is set for 4:05 p.m. at the Hart Center.

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