Icecats begin semester with sweep in N.Y.
A month's worth of rust wore off quickly as the UA Icecats took both games of a series against the State University of New York at Buffalo.
The No. 5 Icecats (12-1-2) started the weekend off strong, taking the first game Friday 9-2 with junior right wing Paul Dorn netting four goals.
On Saturday night, though, the Icecats started slow, and found themselves tied at two heading into the second period.
Buffalo's goalkeeper David Reed constantly keep the Bulls out of trouble, stopping 19 shots in the first period.
But second period goals by juniors Ed Carfora and Marc Harris, senior Hunter Cherenack, and sophomore Andrew Edwards put the Icecats up for good. The Icecats scored six more times in the final period, putting the final at 12-4.
Senior goaltender Mark Meister turned in a solid performance, stopping 18 of the 22 shots he faced.
The two Buffalo losses dropped their record to 3-13-1.
Icecats head coach Leo Golembiewski tried various combinations throughout the weekend in attempt to get ice time for all of his players after the long layoff.
"Overall I was pleased with the effort we had this (past) weekend," Golembiewski said. "We had some rustiness, but it was a good all around offensive weekend."
Dorn finished the weekend with five goals and four assists
The first period of both games seemed to showcase the layoff for both teams, as each was plagued by missed passes and a lack of cohesion.
"We definitely weren't clicking the first period both nights," Dorn said. "But we were able to come back out and put it to them late in the game."
The Icecats added a new player over break, sophomore defenseman Larry Hull.
Hull is a transfer from Bowling Green University and sat out last season.
"Larry will be a good addition to our team," Dorn said. "He is a good defender and has an offensive side to him and that always helps."
Hull's addition allows for senior Tommy Thompson to move to the wing, where he played all three wing positions against Buffalo.
Thompson began his career playing forward, but was converted to defense.
Thompson scored two goals and two assists this weekend.
The Icecats take the weekend off before the University of Utah travels to the Tucson Convention Center on Jan. 21 and 22.