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After an Iannello tripping penalty led to a 5-on-3 power-play goal for the Crusaders, he again found himself watching from the box as Canisius tied the game less than three minutes later.
Luckily for Iannello and the Marauders, the team’s seven penalties never factored into the outcome.
“We said a couple extra prayers tonight,” said St. Joe’s coach Rick Crozier. “Was that an entertaining game or what? I can tell ya, I would’ve been OK with 3-1. But, you know, why not? Why not make it entertaining?
“I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t pleased with what happened in the third. But we have a lot of respect for [Canisius] even though we’re rivals. … You give them an opportunity like that, we left the door open and they went through it.”
With a 5-2 win over Canisius back on Jan. 17 and another key victory over Bishop-Timon three days before that, St. Joe’s has ridden its recent streak of strong play to an 8-0-1 conference record.
After defeating Canisius for the second time, the Marauders wrapped up a first-round bye in the Federation Catholic league playoffs. Their final Catholic league game is on Feb. 3 against St. Francis.
“The Catholic league, I’ll tell ya, everybody’s going to be talking about that one tonight. It was a big win,” Crozier said. “We came out hard. Anytime you beat your biggest rival, that’s a great win.”
- The Marauders’ game hard hat went to senior Kyle Klawon, who missed out on the final St. Joe’s-Canisius contest of his career due to a freak pre-game accident. Klawon slipped on black ice outside during warm-ups before the game and sprained his ankle, preventing him from playing.
“It was pretty tough, missing out on all that,” Klawon said. “I was trying to go ... but I just couldn’t. It was great that my team pulled through and got the job done without me.”
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