End of the line for Moser and Morrison

The 4-0 loss to Connecticut last Saturday officially marked the end of the Canisius hockey careers of senior goaltender Dan Morrison and senior forward Scott Moser. The last four years were filled with exciting games, fun experiences and lasting friendships.

In terms of the most memorable game of their career, both Morrison and Moser mentioned the 6-3 victory in the playoffs last season against Niagara.

Moser also mentioned a 5-4 double overtime win against Mercyhurst in the 2010 Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals. Ben Parker scored the game-winner at the seven minute mark of the second overtime, Moser collected two assists and Morrison stopped 44 shots in the win to send the team to the semifinals against RIT.

This season’s home-opening 3-1 win against RIT on Oct. 20 was also mentioned. Moser scored the game-winning goal and Morrison recorded 33 stops.

Morrison said the game that stood out for him personally was a 1-0 shutout victory against Ferris State on Oct. 10, 2009. The goaltender made 48 saves in his third career shutout against the Bulldogs, who finished that season ranked No. 13 in the nation.

In terms of the best experience in their college hockey careers, last season’s January road trip to Wisconsin stood out immediately to the two seniors.

Both Moser and Morrison named their trip to Wisconsin and the Kohl Center as one of the highlights of their careers. Photo by Scott Moser.

“I remember going out for warmups and there was already thousands of people there. I don’t know who was in front of me, but I was like, ‘This is the coolest thing I’ll ever do in my hockey career.’,” Moser said.

“I didn’t play the first game because Tony [Capobianco] was playing,” Morrison recollected. “I was taping my stick and hanging out in the seats and I was looking up at the Jumbotron because it would have stuff on before the games. I would just see an alumni video and they would also have current players and it would be ‘drafted by, drafted by, drafted by …’ and I was like, ‘Holy crap.’

“So the next game, I had my head buried the whole time and didn’t look up at that stupid scoreboard. That was probably the most fun game I ever played.”

The Griffs took the No. 13-ranked Badgers to overtime in that game, but ultimately lost in a 6-5 thriller.

In terms of continuing their hockey careers, Morrison and Moser said that part of their life will be on hold to finish graduation, but they haven’t ruled it out. Moser is leaning towards grad school to pursue a degree in Sports Administration, while Morrison, who is dual majoring in finance and accounting, will finish his degree next year.

“We’re hockey players, so there’s always that part of the back of your mind that if someone calls you don’t know what you’re answer will be, so we’ll just keep playing it day by day,” Moser said.

In terms of the way they feel about the team going forward, Morrison and Moser are optimistic and are comfortable with junior Preston Shupe heading the leadership of the team.

“Preston has got the team under control,” Moser said. “He’s a great guy and a great leader and a good, hard worker.”

“It’s exciting,” Morrison said of the younger players. “You have 11 freshman that started to pick it up at the end of the year. I think next year we will a little bit of a different look as a team and it will be exciting to watch.”

The two players feel that they have helped to grow the program and are happy with the way their careers panned out.

“It was a great run,” Morrison added. “Obviously you want some kind of memento to show for it. Our mementos are in our friendship and in our experiences that we had here at Canisius College. I think Scott and I are leaving happy with what we did, happy with the program and happy with the coaches. I think we’ll be contributing alums to the program and that’s what we need to start to build up.”

“I wouldn’t trade my four years here,” Moser said. “It was great experience and I’m looking forward to be a big supporter of the program going forward.”


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