Dec. 1, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's hockey team dominated the action throughout the contest, finishing with a 46-15 edge in shots, but fell at home to Canisius, 3-1. UConn drops its record to 4-7-1 (3-6-0 AHA) while Canisius leaves Storrs with two wins and a 5-6-4 (4-2-2 AHA) record.
UConn lost at home on Friday night, 3-0. Connecticut outshot Canisius in all six periods this weekend and finished with an 82-39 advantage in two games. Canisius goaltender Tony Capobianco finished Saturday's game with 45 stops.
"We tried to get traffic in front of him (Capobianco) and get a crowd in front. Everything we talked about (before the game), the guys did," said Assistant Coach David Berard. "He's a really good goalie. He was seeing the puck well this weekend. We shot some into his chest, we had some rebound chances we didn't quite get up. He certainly was the difference tonight for them."
UConn starter Garrett Bartus made just six saves on eight shots in the first two periods and was pulled after allowing the game's first two goals. Senior Matt Grogan came on in reserve, stopping six shots in 21:42 of action.
"I thought we needed maybe a little boost. Grogan deserves the opportunity," added Berard. "He's a senior who works hard. I wanted to give him the chance. At that point, its 2-0 and they have eight shots on net, why not get a little spark? As luck would have it, less than a minute later we score that goal. So it worked out in some ways."
"They played great tonight. We talked to them today to go in and play energy and create tempo for us. They did exactly what we asked them to do," said Berard. "They scored the one goal, but they had a lot of chances too. They created a lot of momentum for us."
Connecticut finished the first 20 minutes with a 14-3 edge in shots. UConn's' top chance of the period came at 12:59 off the stick of Shawn Pauly who hit the left post from the slot for the second consecutive night.
The Huskies outshot Canisius in the second period, 20-5, but UConn was outscored, 2-1. Cody Freeman collected a pass from Ryan Bohrer and beat Bartus over the left pad with a back-handed shot at 11:09 to make it 1-0.
The Golden Griffins made it 2-0 when Preston Shupe scored from the slot at 17:43.
Connecticut final broke through with a goal at 18:06 by freshman Tyler Bouchard after a set of crisp passing from UConn's fourth line. Bouchard finished in the slot after a pass from the left side of the net by Joe Birmingham. Sophomore Brad Smith also assisted on the play.
The Huskies pressed throughout the third period and finished with a 12-7 edge in shots. UConn had a power-play opportunity at the start of the period but failed to notch the game-tying goal.
Alex Gerke had two quality chances with under three minutes. His first attempt from the slot was saved by Capobianco. Seconds later, Gerke hit a one-timer off the cross bar.
Canisius forward Kyle Gibbons closed the scoring with an empty-netter in the final seconds.
Connecticut will host Army at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, December 7 in the final game before the holiday Break.