Jan. 31, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's hockey team dropped a 4-3 decision to Princeton in the final non-conference game of the season tonight at the historic Hobey Baker Rink in Princeton, N.J. UConn fell to 12-13-2 while Princeton improved to 7-10-5.
For just the second time this season, the Huskies dropped a game when going into the third period with the lead. UConn was ahead, 3-1, in the second and 3-2 heading into the final 20 minutes and allowed two third-period goals to fall behind, 4-3.
Junior goaltender Garrett Bartus stopped 19 shots with Princeton's Mike Condon making 29 saves to earn the victory.
Princeton forward Andrew Calof notched two third period goals to give Princeton the come-from-behind victory.
Connecticut scored the game's opening goal for the seventh time in the last eight contests with Miles Winter putting home a power-play goal at 6:57 of the first period. The goal was Winter's sixth of the season with assists going to Marcello Ranallo and Rui Encarnacao.
Princeton's Will Ford evened the score at 15:39. It looked as though the period would end with the two teams tied at 1-1 but the Huskies exploded for two goals in 10 seconds as the clock wound down at the end of the period.
At 19:45, Tom Janosz registered his second goal of the season with freshman Kevin Tuohy earning the assist. Just 10 seconds later, UConn leading scorer Cole Schneider made it 3-1 with his 14th goal of the season. Classmate Jordan Sims and junior defenseman Alex Gerke both earned assists on the goal.
Princeton went on to add a second to cut the deficit to one with Eric Meland scoring on the power play at 14:04.
UConn outshot Princeton in the third period, 14-10, but failed to beat Condon in the final 20 minutes. Connecticut went 0-for-2 on the power play in the third period.
The Huskies will have the weekend off before hosting Army at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:05 p.m. UConn has just seven games remaining in the regular season, including four home contests.