Dec. 8, 2005
Milford, CT - Freshman Chris Myrho scored with 11:53 left in regulation and goaltender Brad Smith made 43 saves in goal as the University of Connecticut held on to beat Sacred Heart 2-1 in men's ice hockey action Thursday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. It was the second straight win for the Huskies while the Pioneers have now lost two in a row for the first time this season.
Myrhro scored the game winner off a pass from J.R. Corkey. Myrho skated in and flipped a shot over Pioneer goaltender Jason Smith's (St. Lambert, QC) left shoulder for his eighth goal of the season.
Connecticut spent much of the first period on the power play as the Pioneers took five penalties. However, UConn couldn't convert on any of their chances, finishing 0-8 on the power play in the game.
The Huskies got on the board first when sophomore John Stockler scored his first goal of the season at the 2:04 mark. After Smith made a save on Charles Solberg's initial shot, Stockler tipped in the rebound to give Connecticut the 1-0 lead.
Senior Rocco Molinaro (Dearborn, MI) tied the game at 1 with 5:12 left in the second period. After taking a pass from classmate Andrew Billinghurst (Fort Collins, CO), Molinaro moved in and flipped a shot under the left arm of Huskies goaltender Brad Smith for his sixth goal of the season.
Sacred Heart outshot Connecticut 44-29, including several good opportunities to tie the game in the third period, but could not solve Smith who was solid for the second straight game for the Huskies.
The Pioneers (8-5-1, 6-4-1 Atlantic Hockey) will face the Huskies again Friday night in Storrs, CT. Face off at the Freitas Ice Forum is set for 7:00 pm.