ERIE, Pa. (January 24, 2009) - Penalties cost the University of Connecticut men’s hockey team the final game in their weekend series at Mercyhurst. The Huskies (5-18-1, 4-11-1 Atlantic Hockey) fell on Saturday 6-0 with four of those goals coming on power plays, including three in the second period, a period that saw nine UConn penalties for 21 minutes. UConn finished the game with 14 penalties for 31 minutes.
Mercyhurst (11-12-2, 9-6-2 Atlantic Hockey) went up 1-0 in the first period for the second straight night. Scott Pitt scored the lone first period goal at 9:05 just 17 seconds into a power play. UConn had a few opportunities to score as freshman Chris Waterstradt (Tulsa, Okla.) sent a shot flying that just grazed the pipe and senior Sean Erickson (Eden Prairie, Minn.) had a shot that was just wide of the goal but nothing would get in the net for the Huskies.
In the second, the Lakers bombarded UConn with a barrage of goals tallying four throughout the period, three of which were power play goals. Mike Gurtler, Dan Bremmer and Matt Pierce all recorded goals during the second period. Pierce netted two and both came with help from his fellow linesmen Scott Pitt and Steve Cameron. UConn entered the locker room at the second intermission down 5-0.
In the third it was Mercyhurst that was racking up the penalties providing UConn with a multitude of opportunities to score. But even so, the Lakers were able to add to their lead as Jeff Terminesi tallied his third goal of the weekend. UConn was unable to overcome the insurmountable lead that Mercyhurst had gained and were shut out for the fourth time this season and the first time since November 15.
Though he allowed six goals during the game junior netminder Beau Erickson (Hinton, Iowa) made 37 saves on the night for the Huskies who are back in action on Tuesday, January 27 at American International College in Springfield, Mass. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m.