STORRS, Conn. (January 14, 2009) - A shorthanded overtime goal propelled the University of Connecticut men’s hockey team past Bentley Wednesday at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. The game-winning goal, scored by sophomore Matt Miller (Bayonne, New Jersey) was his first of the season.
A penalty by junior Chris Ochoa (Santa Monica, Calif.) left the Huskies down a man, but it didn’t matter as Miller, with a little help from sophomores Jason Krispel (Cypress, Calif.) and Matt Turner (Colorado Springs, Colo.) snuck the puck by Bentley’s goaltender Joe Calvi for the Huskies first shorthanded goal of the season.
The overtime period was set up by freshman Marcello Ranallo (Burnaby, B.C.) who scored a goal with just 35 seconds remaining on the clock in regulation. UConn (5-16-1, 4-9-1 Atlantic Hockey) had the man-advantage as they pulled their goaltender junior Beau Erickson (Hinton, Iowa) with the hopes of tying up the game. This is the first time this season the Huskies have pulled off the maneuver. Ranallo’s fifth goal of the year was helped out by Krispel who earned his 17th assist of the night on Ranallo’s goal (his 18th coming on the game-winner) and sophomore Justin Hernandez (Farmington Hills, Mich.) who recorded his third assist of the season.
In the first, after 15 minutes of scoreless hockey, Bentley (8-11-1, 7-7-1 Atlantic Hockey) was the first team to get on the board at 15:27 when Anthony Canzoneri got the puck past Erickson for the 1-0 lead.
UConn had a great opportunity with six minutes left in the second period to tie the game up when sophomore Stevie Bergin (Groton, Mass.) stole the puck from a Bentley forward. He passed it up to sophomore Matt Pedemonti (Enfield, Conn.) who was one-on-one with the goalie but his shot sailed high of the goal and the scored remained 1-0 Falcons heading into the third period.
But it was the late third period goal by Ranallo that actually gave UConn’s its opportunity for its fifth win of the season ending a five-game losing and eight-game winless streak.
The Huskies will be back in action next Friday and Saturday January 23 and 24 at Mercyhurst in Erie, Pa. for their first meeting with the Lakers. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m.