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UB Hockey downs ECC and Pounds The Griffs

All hail the Kings of Erie County!

With Permission - Dan Hickling
With Permission - Dan Hickling

THe Bulls were scheduled to play Pitt and the Panhters were also going to play the Griffs. So when weather stopped the Panthers from making the trip UB's and the Griffs decided to square up on Saturday. But before taking on the Griffs UB matched up with ECC.

Buffalo Takes 50 Shots in their win over ECC.

ECC plays in Region III of the NJCAA and is an independent member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. That means the Bulk of their games are against the NJCAA but they also do play quite a few ACHA teams.

UB's scoured three goals with the man advantage in a 6-3 win over Erie Friday evening. The Bulls' Luke Swimline also added a short-handed goal in the win.

Mike Schalberg started off the scoring two and a half minutes into the first period when he took a pass from Brenden Robinson and shot it past the Kats net minder. Goals by Tardif and Marsack would give UB a 3-1 in the first period but 27 seconds before the horn ECC scored their second of the game to make the score 3-2 after one.

Buffalo put 24 shots on the ECC goalie in the second period but to his credit only one shot, from Schalberg at the 5 minute mark, got past him into the net. ECC would answer five minutes later and the second period ended with the score 4-3.

Buffalo scored two more times in the third with Evancho scoring first and then Swimline getting his second goal of the game.

Max Barone played the entire game for UB between the pipes. He faced 24 shots in the victory.

Buffalo Scores 6 second period goals in their shelling of Canisius.

The Bulls followed up 50 shots against ECC with 48 against the Griffs and for the second night in a row most of those shots came in the second period (22). The Difference on Saturday was that the Griffs netminder was not able to bear the assault which came his way from Buffalo.

It was already 7-0 midway through the second before Canisius managed to get on the board. The only goal that Stark would allow on the night came from Muszynski on an assist from Pawlow.

The Strength of the win may help the Bulls in the ACHA rankings, UB is currently in 17th trying to stay high enough for an at large bid at Nationals as Niagara has a solid grip on first place in the NECHL.

What's Next for UB.

Buffalo has a huge trip next weekend with three road games against two top 20 teams. The Bulls start with Davenport then play a pair against Michigan-Dearborn. How they perform in those games will factor heavily into a potential post season bid.