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ACHA Hockey Buffalo Bulls Three Game Road Trip end with a loss to Davenport, and a Sweep of Michigan Dearborn

Will two close wins over #18 Michigan - Dearborn be enough to offset a drubbing at the hands of #18 Davenport

Michael Schalberg
Michael Schalberg
Dan Hickling

Buffalo's three game road swing ended with a big seven point loss along with a pair of hard fought two goal wins.

The trip began at Davenport. The Panthers wasted no time jumping all over the visit Bulls. By the time it was over Tyler Stark had been peppered with 55 shots.

It was one of the first shots, from Davenpot's Andrew Frank which put the Panthers on the board just 35 second into the game. DU would eventually take a 3-0 in the first intermission..

Davenport extended the lead to 4-0 in the second before Matthew Notaro and Bobby Piotrowicz scored second period goals setting the score at 4-2 going into the final frame. UB Was making a run at Davenport but the Panthers would not let the Bulls get any closer.

Rank School Name Record Previous
12 Rhode Island 22-4-2 10
13 Illinois 16-10-1 12
14 Delaware 11-5-2 15
15 UM-Dearborn 17-10-3 18
16 Buffalo 18-4-0 17
17 Niagara 13-5-1 14
18 Davenport 12-9-5 16
19 Arizona 9-13-3 20
20 Colorado 8-9-2 22
21 Syracuse 16-8-1 19
Games up to 1/15

In the 3rd period the wheels came off for UB. The Panthers threw 22 shots at Stark and 5 of them found there mark. At the same time UB was unable to muster pressure on the other end as Buffalo fell by a 9-2 score.

On Friday Dylan Arnold was between the pipes from Buffalo. Arnold turned away 37 shots en route to a 2-0 decision over the Wolverines of Michigan Dearborn.

Chris Marsack took a pass from "Bang Bang" Bobby Lang half way through the first period. Gavin Evancho also netted an assist. Buffalo was working a power play after Dearborn's Andrew Palushaj was whistled for hooking.

WIth only a few ticks left Sean Dungan added an empty net goal to seal UB's victory.

In the rematch Dearborn needed only three minutes to get a goal past Arnold but the Bulls came storming back.

Chris Marsack found the back of the net on the power play 13:41 into the first period to make the score 1-1 and then Dimitrios Koutsomitis gave UB a minute later.

Marsack extend the Buffalo lead with a goal in the second with an assist from Notaro and Lang.

More than midway through the third Dearborn pulled to within a goal but Schalberg put a shot past Nate Ferris a few minutes later putting the games score at 4-2, and that's where it ended.

While it was short of the perfect effort Arnold put up Friday night the UB Goaltender made 40 saves for the Bulls on 42 Wolverine shots.

Next weekend UB is scheduled to play Canisius on Friday and then a key NECHL matchup with #17 Niagara.