Feb. 18, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The Connecticut men's hockey squad dropped a 6-1 result at Bentley tonight in Waltham, Mass. to fall to 12-17-3, 11-12-2 AHA. Bentley improved to 13-12-7, 13-6-6 AHA.
Connecticut holds a slim three-point lead over Canisius for eighth place in Atlantic Hockey. The bottom four teams in the league will travel to face teams fifth through eighth in the standings.
UConn finishes with a home-and-home against AIC while Canisius closes the season with a home-and-home against Mercyhurst.
Bentley forward and AHA leading scorer Brett Gensler notched a hat-trick and UConn netminder Garrett Bartus lasted only two periods in defeat.
Bentley took a 1-0 lead at 3:31 with a goal from Brett Switzer. Alex Grieve made it 2-0 at 4:48 of the second period.
UConn sophomore Brant Harris cut the deficit to 2-1 with a power-play goal, his ninth of the season, at 12:58 of the second period. Classmate Billy Latta assisted on the play.
The one-goal margin was as close as UConn would get as Bentley added two goals to close the second period, including one with just 21 seconds remaining to make it 4-1.
The Falcons closed the game with two goals in the third period to finish with the 6-1 victory.
For the night, UConn was outshot, 34-25. Starting goaltender Garrett Bartus finished with 16 saves in two periods. Sophomore Matt Grogan came on for the third period, allowing two goals in 14 shots.
UConn will play at AIC in Springfield, Mass. on Friday at 7:05 p.m. The Huskies return home on Saturday for Senior Night to celebrate the careers of the five-member senior class; Brad Cooper, Corey Jendras, Daniel Naurato, Marcello Ranallo and Chris Waterstradt. Puck drops at 7:05 p.m. Admission is free for all UConn students with a student ID.