April 8, 2013
READING, Pa. - Former University of Connecticut men's ice hockey goaltender Garrett Bartus made his professional debut in the ECHL playoffs with the Greenville Road Warriors on Saturday night.
Bartus, who was signed to the team's playoff roster last week, came off the bench to play the final 16:39 of the third period in a 4-0 loss on the road to the Reading Royals. He made six saves and didn't allow a goal.
The Road Warriors trail the best-of-seven series, two games to none and return to the ice at home on April 10 at 7:00 pm.
Bartus finished his career as the all-time winngest goaltender in Connecticut history with 40 victories. He finished first all-time in program history and second in Atlantic Hockey history with 3,293 saves; falling just 68 saves shy of the league record.
In 2011-12, Bartus joined Kieran Millan (BU) and Paul Karpowich (Clarkson) as the first goaltenders with 1,000 stops in back-to-back year since All-Americans and future professionals Brad Thiessen (Northeastern) and Jeff Lerg (Michigan State) in 2007-08, 2008-09.