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Klapp said that there's hype in school all week when Canisius pops up on the schedule and that St. Joe's always looks forward to the game. Iannello said it's a different kind of game that requires an elevated level of focus.
"For this game when you come out of the locker room you see everyone in the stands and it gets you real pumped up," he said. "It's a different atmosphere and as a senior and a leader you learn to get it out of your head because it could be negative too. We stress to the younger guys to block out the distractions. There's a different intensity and they always bring a good game when they play us."
Crozier graduated in 1994 and has grown up in the rivalry, which he called "unbelievable."
He said to expect the Crusaders to spread the ice because they're a fast team. St. Joe's is physical and will try to slow Canisius down and make it hard for skaters to find open areas.
Klapp, Iannello and the rest of the seniors on the team are hoping to knock off Canisius in the final regular season showdown. Crozier said the game is like no other.
"It's an incredible atmosphere of 1,500 of your closest friends and your biggest enemies," he said. "As a coach it's exciting because I look out in that crowd and there's a guy I coached five years ago, next to him is a guy I played with at St. Joe's and next to him is a little kid who's told me he wants to go to St. Joe's. It's just quite an atmosphere to be a part of and certainly a privilege for us to be able to compete with them each year."
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