Dec. 9, 2005
Storrs, CT - Connecticut scored three second period goals and hung on to beat Sacred Heart 3-2 in men's ice hockey action Friday night at Freitas Ice Forum. The Huskies swept the weekend series from the Pioneers (8-6-1, 6-5-1, AHA), who have now lost three games in a row.
The Pioneers jumped on top first, scoring two goals in a 50 second span in the first period. Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC) put the Pioneers on the board first at the 7:29 mark with his fifth goal of the season. Freshman Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) sent junior Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) on a rush up ice and O'Brien dropped the puck back to Parent who slammed it past Huskies goaltender Brad Smith.
Sacred Heart's top line would click again on the power play at the 8:19 mark. O'Brien carried the puck into the Connecticut zone and then made a beautiful cross-ice pass to Trapp who just had to tip the puck into the net for his ninth goal of the season.
Connecticut answered Sacred Heart's two goal first period with three of their own in the second period. Junior Scott McDougall got the Huskies started just 31 seconds into the middle stanza. After Pioneer goaltender Jason Smith (St. Lambert, QC) made the save on the initial Husky shot, McDougall was there to poke home a rebound for his third goal of the season.
Sophomore Charles Solberg tied the game at 2 at the 6:47 mark of the period. After taking a pass from John Stockler, Solberg moved in and flipped a shot under the arm of Smith for his first goal of the year.
Just 1:32 after Solberg tied the game, junior B.J. Crum gave the Huskies the lead for good on the power play. In the midst of a mad scramble in front of the Pioneer net, Smith made saves on two initial Husky shots but Crum was standing their to pop a shot into the top of the net with Smith sprawled on the ice.
Sacred Heart appeared to have tied the game with 4:24 to go in the third period, but the referee ruled that a potential goal was hit in with a hand.
The Pioneers had several opportunities to tie the game, including a five minute power play in the second period when junior Nick Marean was called for hitting from behind. However, the Pioneers could not get a shot past Smith, who made 28 saves, frustrating the Pioneers for the second straight night.
Sacred Heart is off until December 21st when they open play in the Providence Holiday Tournament against Brown. Game time is set for 4:00 pm.