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UB Hockey rolls through their opening weekend

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The #16 Buffalo Bulls walked through Slippery Slippery Rock & Duquesne to open the season.

Buffalo 8 - Slipper Rock 1

The Bulls finished last season with a trip to nationals where they played well against Colorado in the opening round. With some star power returning the ACHA poll had UB as the #16 team in the nation entering this season and UB began their quest for back to back natty trips at home against the Pride of Slipper Rock and the Dukes of Duquesne.

Friday saw "Bang Bang" Bobby Lang and Gavin Evancho each netted a pair of goals and an assist to lead the Bulls to an eight to two thrashing of the Pride. Tyler Stark made 13 saves in the effort.

Evancho opened up the scoring with a power play goal just over a minute and a half into the game. Eric Szczecinski and Bobby Piotrowicz got an assist on the opening goal. Slippery Rock tied the game a little more than five minutes later. The tie lasted less than a minute and was broken by Evancho's second goal of the game.

UB piled it on by scoring at the 10 minute mark (Koutsomitis) and at 11:27 (Lang). The 4-1 period was 16 UB shots against just 5 from Slippery Rock.

Slipper Rock would test Stark a bit more in the second period. Putting ten on net and scoring one. Once again thought their single goal was matched by multiple UB points. The Bulls scored three goals in the second (Weiser, Guay, and Sanchez).

Leading 7-1 coach Sal Valvo decided to give Stark the rest of the night off and get some playing time in for Ian Shorthouse. The freshman spent 20 minutes on the ice but UB's defense prevented Slippery Rock for registering a single shot (if the score card is to be believed).

In the third Bobby Lang scored UB's only goal as the Bulls cruised to an 8-1 victory.

Buffalo 5 - Duquesne 1

P T Player M Offense Time
1 H B.Tardif 2 Boarding 9:33
1 H Koutsomitis 2 Roughing 9:41
1 V B.Lettieri 2 Roughing 9:41
1 H W.Sanchez 2 Slashing 14:48
1 V T.Diffendal 2 Tripping 16:50
1 H S.Dungan 5 Head Cntct 18:07
1 H S.Dungan 10 Head Cntct 18:07
1 V Schimanski 2 Hooking 18:47
2 V Schimanski 2 Tripping 4:26
2 V T.Diffendal 2 High Stick 7:58
2 H N.Angelo 2 Unsports 10:37
2 V M.Iannello 2 Tripping 12:36
2 H W.Sanchez 10 Unsports 13:18
2 H N.Angelo 2 Tripping 19:06
2 V Z.Kindya 2 PenaltyShot 19:17
3 V E.Smith 2 Roughing 6:40
3 V M.Carrig 2 Roughing 9:33
3 H W.Sanchez 2 Hooking 13:15
3 V R.Brawley 2 Diving 13:15
3 H Paradowski 2 Slashing 16:34
3 V E.Smith 2 Diving 16:39
3 H L.Swimline 2 Roughing 19:25
3 V M.Carrig 5 HitBhndGDQ 19:25
3 V M.Carrig 10 Chk Behind 19:25
3 V Schimanski 10 Unsportsman 19:25
88M Offenses: 25

The Dukes and Bulls went into the third period tied 1-1. That's when UB opened up on Duquesne with four goals and Buffalo Netminder Dylan Arnold did the rest en route to his first win of the year. It was a "spirited" game in which 88 minutes of penalties were assessed.

Slick Willy Sanchez opened up the games scoring on a feed from Szczecinski four minutes into the game. Five minutes later the Dukes would answer with power play goal, tying the game at one.

Neither team was able to score in the second despite each squad having a plethora of power play opportunities. The Biggest opportunity for the Dukes came when Sanchez was hit with a 10 minute major.

Buffalo made short work of the dukes in the third period. They had scored four goals in the first half of the period (the fourth coming at the 10:27 mark). Once the game was out of hand things got very chippy.

Eight penalties in the last seven minutes of the game and two of those were late majors assessed against the Dukes.The worst was a brutal hit from behind by Carrig which got him ejected in the last minutes.