STORRS, Conn. — Kurt Kamienski netted a hat trick and three assists and Ron D’Angelo had a hat trick plus two assists to lead Connecticut past Bentley 11-1 on Saturday evening. Connecticut’s 11 goals were a school record.
D’Angelo opened the scoring 1:44 into the first period on assists from Matt Owens and Kamienski. Michael Goldkind recorded the next tally at the 3:09 on a centering pass from Ciro Longobardi, with Kamienski also receiving an assist. Anthony Switek gave the Huskies the 3-0 lead at the 7:22 mark on a power-play tally with another assist from Kamienski and from Mike Anderson.
Kamienski began the second period scoring at the 5:34 mark on a pass from Longobardi and Goldkind. Owens responded three minutes later to raise the score to 5-0. Eric Goclowski and D’Angelo were credited with the assists. D’Angelo’s second goal came midway through the stanza with assists from his defensemen Scott Brown and Anderson.
Bentley’s only tally of the game came on a deflected shot from Dave Gibson at the 11:49 mark, but Eric Nelson nailed two shots within a minute of each other to end the period as an 8-1 Husky lead. Longobardi and Goldkind assisted on the first goal, while Anders Johnson received credit on the second tally.
The two hat tricks were completed in the third period. Kamienski scored at the 2:16 mark on an assist from Trent Landry, and netted his third goal with a 1:35 remaining on Longobardi’s fourth assist of the night. Longobardi and Anderson helped D’Angelo net his hat trick with 29 seconds left.
UConn’s Artie Imbriano received the win in net, stopping nine Bentley shots on goal, while Bentley’s Kevin Williams, Ray DeVincent and Bill Bridge combined for 23 saves.
With the win, UConn improves to 12-18-4 overall, 12-11-3 in the MAAC, while Bentley ends the season with an overall record of 4-23-2, 3-21-2 in conference action.
Fifth-seeded Connecticut will travel to fourth-place Canisius for a MAAC quarterfinal game Saturday, March 10 in Buffalo, NY.