November 25, 2006

Pioneers Unbeaten Streak Snapped in 4-1 Loss to UConn

Nov. 25, 2006

Final Stats

Storrs, CT - Scott Tomes tallied a season-high 36 saves and held the league's highest powered offense scoreless for just under 49 consecutive minutes as the University of Connecticut men's hockey team defeated Sacred Heart, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.

Sacred Heart (8-4-2, 6-2-2 AHA) was held to less than two goals for the first time this season. The loss snapped the Pioneers seven game unbeaten streak.

Freshman Nick Johnson (Windsor, CT) scored the lone goal for the Pioneers at the 11:02 mark of the first period following passes from Nick Kary (Wetaskiwin, AB) and Kalen Wright (Candle Lake, SK).

UConn (4-9-0, 4-5-0 AHA) responded quickly when freshman Alec Kirschner netted the equalizer just over five minutes later. Kirschner received feeds from both Brendan Olinyk and Matt Scherer for a goal in each of his last three games.

Junior John Stockler notched his first goal of the season early in the second period to give the Huskies the lead for good. Following a shot by Scherer, Stockler fisted home the rebound for what would be the game-winning goal.

Following Stockler's goal, Tomes and the Husky defense staved off a 10 minute stretch where the Pioneers were playing with a one man advantage. The Huskies committed five consecutive penalties, resulting in nearly 10 consecutive power play minutes for the visiting Pioneers. Making his first start since Nov. 10, Tomes tallied 18 saves during the second period to leave the Huskies ahead, 2-1, at the end of the second period.

Trevor Stewart provided the Huskies with some breathing room when he collected his third goal of the season midway though the third period with a shot to beat Sacred Heart keeper Jason Smith (St. Lambert, QC). Senior Jarrett Scarpaci picked up an assist on the play.

Sophomore Chris Myhro capped the scoring for the afternoon when he blasted home his seventh goal of the season with a one-time into the upper right corner of the Pioneer net. Stewart and freshman Chris Ochoa set up the play with consecutive passes before Myhro's goal.

The Pioneers and Huskies meet again Sunday afternoon. Face-off at the Milford Ice Pavilion is set for 4:00 pm.