Feb. 15, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's hockey team dropped a 4-1 result in Storrs to Holy Cross on Friday night at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. The loss drops UConn to fifth in the AHA standings at 13-13-3 (10-10-2 AHA).
Holy Cross and UConn entered the weekend tied for fourth in the AHA standings with 22 points. Holy Cross has two games in hand that have yet to be made up following the snow storm. Holy Cross won the series opener, 2-1, on October 26. The two teams will finish the season series at 7:05 p.m. in Worcester, Mass. on Saturday night.
Holy Cross, receiving votes in the latest USCHO.com national poll, improved to 15-10-2, 11-7-2 AHA.
The Huskies were outshot, 31-22. Matt Grogan stopped 27 shots for UConn. Holy Cross netminder Matt Ginn made 21 saves to earn the victory.
"They had their legs and we didn't," said UConn Interim Head Coach David Berard. "They came out really aggressive in the first period. We gave up that goal in the first, it was a little disheartening to go down 1-0 on that type of goal, but they played really aggressive and deserved to win."
Back-and-forth action in the first saw Holy Cross take a 1-0 lead at 14:37 following a miscue behind the UConn net by goaltender Matt Grogan. After the puck was dumped in from the neutral zone, Grogan went behind the net and misplayed the rolling puck. Holy Cross forward Castan Sommer sent a pass in front to Adam Schmidt for the easy tap in.
Connecticut evened the score at 1-1 with a slap shot from Brant Harris from the right point that was tipped in front by Jordan Sims. The puck rolled up the right wall to Harris. Harris' shot from the point was tipped by Sims for his ninth goal of the season.
Holy Cross scored the game-winning goal just 2:49 into the second. Tim Driscoll took a cross-ice feed from Karl Beckman just outside the crease and beat Grogan for the 2-1 advantage. The Crusaders made it 3-1 with a late goal at 18:54 off the stick of Kyle Fletcher. Fletcher snapped a shot from the left face-off circle off the right post and in to go ahead 3-1.
Connecticut gave up a fourth at 4:22 when Jake Youso outraced his defender to the net and capitalized on a three-on-two rush after a feed in front by Adam Schmidt.
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