Jan. 14, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University of Connecticut men’s ice hockey team opened a weekend series at Canisius with a decisive 6-2 victory to gain two points in the Atlantic Hockey standings. The Huskies improved to 9-10-2 overall and 8-6-1 in league play, while the Golden Griffins dropped to 6-12-3 and 6-6-2.
UConn jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from freshman Ryan Tyson (Harleysville, Pa.) and junior defenseman Alex Gerke (Tomah, Wis.). For Tyson it was his first career goal and for Gerke, whose goal came on the power play, his fifth.
Canisius got on the board less than a minute into the second period on a score by Taylor Law, but the Huskies built their lead back to two with a shorthanded goal by freshman Joe Budnick (Newington, Conn.) less than three minutes later.
It didn’t take long for the Golden Griffins to cut back into the lead a gain as Patrick Sullivan netted his fifth of the year at the 4:08 mark of the second. Connecticut responded with a goal from leading point scorer Cole Schneider two minutes later. For Schneider, a sophomore from Williamsville, N.Y., it was his 10th goal of the season and lifted his team-leading total in points to 24.
The Huskies increased their lead to 6-2 in the third period with goals by redshirt-junior Miles Winter (Philadelphia, Pa.) and a power play score by freshman Cody Sharib (Needham, Mass.).
Budnick and Winter each finished the game with a goal and an assist, while freshman defenseman Kevin Tuohy (Salisbury Mills, N.Y.)
chipped in with a pair of assists.
Sophomore goaltender Garret Bartus (St. Charles, Ill.) made 24 saves for UConn. Dan Morrison started in net for Canisius and provided 14 saves and allowed four goals, while Tony Capobianco came on in relief and made 18 saves and allowed two scores.
The Huskies and Golden Griffins take to the ice again tomorrow to wrap up the season series at 7:05 pm.