Strong 2nd Half Leads Canisius by Detroit to Title Game

The Titans finished the game with a slight edge in shots (40-35), ground balls (37-36) and faceoffs (13-12). Scott Harris and Alex Maini each netted a team-best two goals, while Levell finished with 14 saves.

The Griffs now advance to face either Siena or Marist in the championship game on Sunday. A bid in the 2012 NCAA Tournament is on the line with the game slated to begin at noon.

Game Notes: The Griffs are making their first trip to the MAAC Tournament since taking the title in 2008 ... Canisius won its only other previous championship game, 14-5 over VMI in 2008 ... The win marked the first time that the Griffs won a MAAC Tournament game as the lower seed ... Canisius is now 3-4 all-time in MAAC Tournament play, winning its last three contests ... The Griffs are a perfect 5-0 this season when outscoring its opponent in the second half ... The Canisius seniors accounted for 10 of the team's 12 goals (83.3 percent) and nine of the team's 10 assists (90 percent) ... For the season, the Class of 2012 has accounted for 78.3 percent of the team's goals (83-106) and 72.2 percent of the team's points (127-176) ... The two points for Bortignon marked the first time in his career that he registered multiple points ... Edwards had his streak of 10-straight multi-point games snapped ... The teams were meeting for the first time in the postseason and the overall series is now even at two.

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Detroit started the game with three-straight goals and held a three-goal lead at the break, but a second-half run was too much to overcome as Detroit's season came to an end with a 12-10 loss to Canisius in the MAAC semifinals.

Junior A.J. Levell (Columbus, OH/Dublin Scioto) made 14 saves, including some big one early to give the Titans the quick start. He even posted his first collegiate goal rifling one in as time expired.

Sophomore Alex Maini (Lynbrook, NY/Lynbrook) netted two goals and had three points tying for the team lead with redshirt freshman Scott Drummond (Birmingham, MI/Seaholm), who had a goal and two assists. Senior Scott Harris (Saline, MI/Saline) had two markers and freshman Brandon Beauregard (Clarkston, MI/Notre Dame Prep) notched a goal and an assist.

Just like in the regular season match-up, the Titans began the game with a run as UDM had a 3-0 lead after the first period. Sophomore Wes Steen (Columbus, OH/Olentangy Liberty) put in the game's first goal as he battled through some defenseman and found the back of the net at the 9:10 mark.

Harris then took a pass from senior John Nowicki (Clinton Twp., MI/De La Salle Collegiate) and standing just a few feet in front of the goalie, he was able to put in it. Freshman Brandon Beauregard then had an unassisted marker as he fired one in with 2:25 left in the first period.

Canisius got on the board early in the second, but then after Levell made two impressive saves, the Titans started a fast break off a clear and Drummond found Maini for another goal and a 4-1 lead with 10 minutes left in the second. Drummond then tacked on a goal at the 7:58 mark and UDM took a 5-2lead to the intermission.

The Titan defense played great in the first half holding Canisius to just two goals on 17 shots. Levell made nine saves and the defense had three of its eight forced turnovers in that stretch.

The Golden Griffins then started the second half with three-straight tallies to knot the score at 5-all. On a man-up penalty, sophomore Shayne Adams (St. Catharines, ON/Denis Morris) got in the book with his only goal of the contest, but that was quickly followed by a goal from Canisius.

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2012-05-04



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