The Detroit Titans clinched their berth in the MAAC Conference tournament, cemented their position atop the conference, and moved one step closer to sealing the best season in program history with a 10-9 overtime thriller against Canisius.
Before getting into the details, let’s check out the…
From the box score, your tempo-free breakdown:
|Faceoff Wins||13||Faceoff Wins||9|
|Offensive Efficiency||.270||Offensive Efficiency||.237|
A winning day on faceoffs is very nice for the Titans (and you almost have to look at it as icing in any game that it happens). The teams were about even on clearing, with Canisius simply having a few more opportunities.
For an overtime game, there wasn’t a particularly high number of possessions. Part of that is weather-related, as it was most certainly not a pleasant day in Southeastern Michigan yesterday.
In the end, it’s what’s on the scoreboard that counts. The efficiency margin is going to look a little more skewed in a low-scoring (ish) game, because that winning goal is the only difference between the two teams, and they had virtually identical possessions.
Scott Harris was the leading scorer on this day, as he notched a hat trick – including the OT game-winner. Shayne Adams and Alex Maini weren’t far behind with two apiece. Notably, the Titans only had one assit on the entire day (by John Nowicki).
On D, Jordan Houtby, Jamie Hebden, and Nick Garippa all has nice days, causing multiple turnovers and leading the team (among non-faceoff specialists) in ground balls. AJ Levell went the distance, making 7 saves while allowing 9 goals.
On faceoffs, Brandon Davenport had an excellent day, winning 13 of 21 attempts, nearly a 62% success rate. Joe MacLean lost the only faceoff he took.
For the other side, Simon Giourmatekis had an excellent day, potting four goals and adding two assists. Greg Michael had 3 and 2 for the Golden Griffins. That pair accounted for 11 of Canisius’s 15 total points on the day (and 7 of the 9 goals).
The Titans have a week off before closing out the regular season with a trip to Poughkeepsie, NY to play Marist on April 30th. A win would clinch the #1 position in the conference (with a head-to-head win over Siena).