The University of Buffalo Ice Hockey team came into the weekend sporting a 5-1 record including two league wins. They would travel down to Pennsylvania for a pair of games against the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, who are long-time out of state rivals. The rivalry was clearly apparent to both teams who played with vigor and urgency throughout the weekend.
Buffalo 2 IUP 1
Buffalo took the first game of the series Friday night right off of the bus. After a scoreless first period, the Bulls would finally get one. Chris Covel scored from a nice shot in the slot. This momentum carried the Bulls through the period and led into the 3rd, where Covel would finish again. The Bulls Mike Musialowski shut the door for over 50 minutes before surrendering the only goal he'd give up. The Bulls would hold on to win this one 2-1. Some scrappy hockey at the end of this game would be nothing compared to the following night.
Buffalo 7 IUP 3
If there was a period that UB would want back so far this year, this would be the one. In the first period IUP pummeled the Bulls, outshooting them 18-4 on their way to scoring 3 goals. This is the largest deficit the Bulls have faced all year in the first, but they were up to the task. The Bulls came out like a whole new team in the second. John Andhor led the charge with an absolutely perfectly placed shot from the right hashmark to get the Bulls rolling. His goal would then be complimented by goals by Robinson, Ganci, Koutsomitis, and Benner's pair to give the Bulls a 6-3 lead coming out of the second. Assistant captain Tim Root floated one in on a breakaway in the 3rd to clinch the series, and close the door on IUP. Matt Bradley got the win as the Bulls improved to 7-1.
The Bulls have two NECHL games this weekend against RIT and St. Bonaventure. Both games will be played at the Northtowns Center in Amherst. The Bulls swept RIT last season, and have not played the Bonnies in over two years. Games will be at 8:30 pm on Friday and Saturday respectively. Friday is a "dress-to-impress" night. Ganes will also be announced on UB radio, WRUB. There will also be a post-game party both nights at the Skybox Grille, directly above the rink.
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