Nov. 9, 2012
STORRS, Conn.- The UConn men's ice hockey team recorded its first win of the 2012-13 season with a 5-3 victory over Sacred Heart on Friday evening in Storrs. Five Huskies scored to lift Connecticut to a 1-4-1 (1-3-0 AHA) record, while the Pioneers fell to 0-7-1 (0-5-1 AHA).
Connecticut, who outshot the Pioneers 44-28, ended the first period with a 2-0 edge over the Pioneers with two Huskies registering their first goals of the season as sophomores Trevor Gerling and Joe Budnick each found the back of the net.
Gerling's goal came at 8:43 with the assist being credited to freshman Shawn Pauly. It is Pauly's second assist of the season. Budnick's goal came ten minutes later at 18:40 as senior Alex Gerke and freshman Tyler Bouchard each earned an assist on the goal.
Connecticut's firepower continued into the second period as UConn scored three more goals to take a 5-0 lead. Freshman Patrick Kirkland hit the Huskies third goal of the night at 3:04 in the second on a pass from junior Billy Latta. The score was Kirkland's first career goal.
It was only 11 seconds later when junior Jordan Sims added another goal to the Husky total with senior Tom Janosz and Latta recording the assists. Connecticut pushed the advantage to 5-0 on a 7:02 goal by sophomore Cody Sharib as Gerke tallied his second assist of the evening.
With 19 seconds remaining in the second period Sacred Heart was able to dot the scoreboard as Ryan Stanimir glided the puck into the back of the net at 19:41.
The Pioneers would score two more goals in the final period to set the final score at 5-3. Husky goalkeeper Garrett Bartus was awarded the win after totaling 25 saves on the evening.
UConn returns to action on Saturday when they head to Merrimack for a 7 p.m. start time.
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