STORRS, Conn. (January 3, 2009) - After jumping out to a 3-1 lead, the University of Connecticut men’s ice hockey team allowed three unanswered goals and No. 11 Air Force earned a hard fought 4-3 victory at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Saturday night. Jacques Lamoureux scored the winning goal for the Falcons (15-3-1, 12-1-1 Atlantic Hockey).
Sophomore Justin Hernandez (Farmington Hills, Mich.) recorded two goals on the night for the Huskies (4-13-1, 3-6-1 Atlantic Hockey) for the second straight game in a row also adding an assist for the first three point game of his college career.
The Huskies got out to a 2-0 lead early into the first. Sophomore Brian Reagan (Ballwin, Mo.) started UConn off with his first goal of the season on a quick pass, tip-in from sophomore Jason Krispel (Cypress, Calif.). Their lead was extended when Hernandez scored his fifth goal of the year and third of the week. These two goals mark the seventh time this season that UConn has scored two goals in the first period. Krispel added another assist to the Hernandez goal giving himself 14 assists on the season putting him in second place in Atlantic Hockey for assists this season.
Air Force cut the first period lead in half tapping in a goal of their own with less than a minute remaining in the period. But in the second, UConn came out firing and Hernandez scored his second goal of the game, for the second time this week, to give UConn a 3-1 lead. But before the end of the second, the Falcons tied the game up at three-all with goals scored by Josh Frider and Brent Olson.
In the third period, after almost 17 minutes of no action, Lamoureux tapped in the game winner for the Falcons to give them their 15th win of the year.
The Huskies are back in action at Sacred Heart on Tuesday, January 6 at 7:05 p.m. for more Atlantic Hockey action.