Nov. 29, 2013
Canisius (4-7-0, 3-3-0 AHA) struck quickly, opening the scoring at 2:02 in the first. The Huskies (4-5-1, 3-2-0 AHA) failed to clear the zone and Canisius senior Patrick Sullivan got loose for a break-away. Skating in one-on-one with Husky senior netminder Matt Grogan (
The Golden Griffins carried their 1-0 lead into the first intermission and led 9-8 on shots. The Huskies have trailed five times after the first period this season and are now 0-4-1 on the year.
UConn got the tying goal at 3:33 of the second, knotting the game at 1-1. Junior Jacob Poe (
The Golden Griffs took back the lead at 12:17 on a great individual effort by left winger Braden Rigney. Rigney took a pass and split a pair of UConn defenders through the neutral zone, getting a break-away and burying one top-shelf, glove side past Grogan. The Huskies had a great look at a tying goal at 17:36 when sophomore Tyler Bouchard (
Canisius made it a two-goal deficit for UConn, striking quickly again this time at 1:27 in the third. Junior Doug Jessey carried the puck up the right wing and made a nice centering pass to a waiting Stephen Miller who buried it for a 3-1 lead.
The Huskies got a power play late in the third period with a chance to cut the lead to one. Sullivan was called for kneeing at 17:31 and UConn pulled Grogan with 57 second left for a 6-on-3 advantage. The Huskies got a great look but freshman Brent Norris (
UConn out shot Canisius 11-7 in the third period and 26-22 for the game. The Huskies did kill off four Canisius power plays including a five-minute major in the third period. Senior Brant Harris (
The Huskies and Golden Griffins will be back at it again on Saturday afternoon to wrap up the series. The puck will drop at 4:05 from Buffalo State Sports Arena.