WALTHAM, MA (February 22) The University of Connecticut mens ice hockey team snapped its six game losing streak with a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win over Bentley College, 5-3, on Saturday night at the John A. Ryan Arena in Waltham, MA. The Huskies improved their record to 7-20-3 overall, 6-13-3 in the league, while Bentley fell to 13-15-0 overall, 12-10-0 in the MAAC.
Bentley put the pressure immediately on the Huskies notching the first goal of the game at the 34-second mark on a shot from Tim Calabro. UConn countered scoring the next two goals, both power play tallies. Jon Ames (Baldwinsville, NY) found the back of the net with aid from defensemen Mark Murphy (Jamestown, RI) and Adam Rhein (Cottage Grove, MN) at the 5:45 mark of the period. On another power play attempt, UConns Ron DAngelo (Massapequa, NY), with help from Ames and Marcus Baxter (Coral Springs, FL), put the Huskies ahead 2-1. Seth Vincour tied the game for Bentley, its last time of the contest while they had the one-man advantage with 3:52 remaining the in the period.
In the first four-minutes of the second period UConn took the 4-2 lead, and the victory from the Falcons. Chris Uber (Ithaca, NY) connected with line mate Matt Owens (Framingham, MA) for the goal-ahead goal (2:08), and Baxter scored the game-winner at the 4:11 mark during a power play. Bentley had one last effort, a goal by Andy Peters at the 6:18 mark of the second stanza.
Bobby Ryan (Malden, MA) scored the lone tally and UConns insurance goal for the victory with 4:25 left in regulation.
Artie Imbriano (Stoneham, MA) earned his second start in as many nights, making only 14 saves in goal. Simon St. Pierre suffered the loss stopping 33 of UConns 37 shots on goal.
UConn will face Quinnipiac College on Friday, February 28 at 5:00 pm at the UConn Ice Arena. The game time was switched from its original time of 7:30 pm, but will be shown on tape delay on the New England Sports Network (NESN) at 7:30 pm.