Canisius Rallies, But Detroit Wins in Overtime

Detroit trailed one more time as the Golden Griffins score with 8:39 to go in the third, but UDM ran off three-straight goals in the third and five of the next six scores to jump out in front, 9-6.

The Titans will have their bye next week and they celebrate the Easter Holiday, but will return to action on Apr. 30, when UDM visits Marist in what could be a showdown for the MAAC regular season title.

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Canisius scored three goals in the final three minutes and 15 seconds to force overtime, but Detroit prevailed in the extra session to earn a 10-9 victory. The loss drops the Griffs to 2-8 on the season and 2-2 in MAAC play, while the Titans remain in first place with a 4-1 league mark and 5-8 overall record.

Senior Greg Michael (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and junior Simon Giourmetakis (Edmonton, Alberta) both had career-best days to anchor the Canisius attack and lead the rally. Giourmetakis recorded a game-high six points on four goals and two assists, while Michael netted a hat trick and added two assists for five points on the afternoon.

Juniors Travis Gibbons (Owen Sound, Ontario) and Brendan O'Hagan (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring for Canisius with a goal each.

Junior Sean Callahan (Orchard Park, N.Y.) recorded his fourth-straight game of double-digit saves for the first time in his career, making 11 stops to anchor the defense. Junior Ryan O'Hagan (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) led Canisius with three caused turnovers on the afternoon.

The Griffs opened an early lead in the contest thanks to goals by Michael and O'Hagan 60 seconds apart. Detroit responded with two goals of its own but Canisius quickly answered back. Gibbons netted his second goal of the season with 4:33 remaining in the first, scoring a man-up tally, and Giourmetakis then recorded his first goal of the game with 11:49 left in the second for a 4-2 Canisius advantage. The Titans, however, once again responded, tallying the final two goals of the first half as the teams headed into intermission knotted at four.

Giourmetakis netted the opening tally of the second half but the Titans scored three-straight goals for a 7-5 advantage after three. Detroit extended its edge to as many as three goals, taking a 9-6 lead with just 3:49 remaining in regulation before Canisius started its comeback attempt.

Michael sparked the rally with two goals to pull the Griffs within one, 9-8. The senior scored his second tally of the day with 3:15 left in the fourth, scoring off a pass from Giourmetakis. Michael then completed his hat trick with just 1:42 remaining in regulation, connecting off a feed from sophomore Joe Rautenstrauch (Buffalo, N.Y.). Just 33 seconds later, Giourmetakis knotted the game at nine, scoring an unassisted goal.

Canisius won the ensuing faceoff but a turnover gave the ball back to Detroit. After the Titans called a timeout with 20 seconds remaining, the Griffs forced a turnover of their own to send the game into overtime.

The Griffs won the only faceoff of the overtime and twice held possession of the ball, but Canisius turned the ball over both times without registering a shot. The Griffs' defense was able to kill off a Detroit extra-man opportunity in the extra session but the Titans finally found the back of the net with 1:46 left when Scott Harris scored an unassisted goal.

Detroit outshot the Griffs, 40-22, in the victory, and the two squads combined to commit 55 turnovers. Harris led the Titans with three goals on the afternoon, while A.J. Levell recorded seven saves to earn the win.

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