Jan. 17, 2014
ERIE, Pa. – University of Connecticut freshman Brent Norris (Ottawa, Ontario) scored both goals as the Huskies battled back down a goal in the third period to come away with a 2-2 tie at Mercyhurst in Atlantic Hockey Association action Friday night. The Lakers held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but Norris tallied his second and third goals of the season to help give the Huskies a point in the AHA standings.
The Huskies got 38 saves on the night from senior goaltender Matt Grogan (Gilbert, Ariz.) as they move to 10-7-3 overall and 8-4-2 in the AHA. The Lakers remain unbeaten in their last 11 league games and are now 13-9-3 overall and 11-1-2 in the AHA.
Mercyhurst got the first goal of the night as junior Ryan Misiak scored his eighth of the season at 12:30 of the first period. Senior Nick Jones blasted a shot from the left point and Misiak got a deflection off that gave Grogan little chance to stop for the 1-0 lead.
The Huskies had a pair of solid scoring chances before finally breaking through. Junior Cody Sharib (Needham, Mass.) got off a shot from the left circle that beat Sarjeant but slid through the crease. Sharib again just missed the mark later in the period as sophomore Shawn Pauly (Bellingham, Wash.) drove the net hard on a 2-on-1, serving a pass to Sharib at the left post but the junior forwards shot missed wide.
A trio of UConn freshman produced the Huskies first goal as Norris picked-up his second of the season at 18:15. Freshman Ryan Segalla (Boston, Mass.) ripped a shot from the point that was blocked in front. Norris dug the puck out and patiently found an opening at the left post, tucking it home to tie it at 1-1.
The Huskies got the first power play of the night at 18:44 and it turned into 48 seconds of a 5-on-3 opportunity when Randy Cure was called for slashing in the closing seconds of the first. UConn failed to capitalize and gave the Lakers a full two minutes of 5-on-3 hockey when Segalla and Sean Gaffney (Plymouth, Mich.) were sent off at 2:11. The Huskies killed off the full two minutes thanks in part to solid effort from Kyle Huson (Parker, Colo.) who came up with a pair of key blocks.
The Lakers broke the one-goal tie with 1:27 left in the period as junior Matt Zay buried his 14th of the season. Zay collected a loose puck just outside the blue line, carried in and rifled a wrister past Grogan stick side for a 2-1 lead.
The Huskies kept pressing in the third and finally broke through as Norris produced the equalizer at 13:05. The rookie collected a loose puck off the right boards and skated in on Sarjeant, beating the netminder one-on-one for his third on the year.
Both goaltenders stood tall the rest of the way, each making 12 saves over the final period and overtime to preserve the 2-2 tie. Neither team was called for a penalty over the final period and overtime and both finished 0-for-3 on the night with the extra skater.
The Huskies and Lakers will take the ice again Saturday evening from the Mercyhurst Ice Center. The opening face-off is slated for 7:05 pm.