Feb. 15, 2014
WORCESTER, Mass. – UConn freshman goaltender Robby Nichols (Dallas, Texas) stopped 38 shots and sophomore Joey Ferriss (Novi, Mich.) scored a pair of goals to lead the Huskies to a 5-0 Atlantic Hockey Association victory at Holy Cross Saturday night. UConn senior Jordan Sims (Toronto, Ontario) picked-up an assist in the win to become the 27th player in school history to record 100 career points.
The Huskies win the season series with Holy Cross, 2-1, and improve to 16-10-4 overall and 13-7-3 in the AHA. The Crusaders drop to 9-18-3 and 8-12-3 in the league with the loss.
Nichols stopped all 38 shots he faces Saturday night to record his second shutout of the season and improve to 6-1-2 in net on the year. Ferriss recorded the first multi-goal game of his young career.
UConn came out pushing the action from the get-go and earned an early 5-on-3 power play chance in the game’s opening three minutes. The Huskies just missed on some solid scoring chances including a shot by senior Brant Harris (Estevan, Saskatchewan) on the door step that Matt Ginn just got his pad on to keep the game scoreless.
The Huskies finally cracked Ginn at 7:44 as junior Cody Sharib (Needham, Mass.) scored his third goal of the season, ending a drought of 12-games without a goal. Freshman Joona Kunnas (Vantas, Finland) cleared the UConn zone, feeding junior Trevor Gerling along the left boards. Gerling carried into the zone and beat a Holy Cross defender one-on-one to get to the front of the net.
Gerling had Ginn beat but caught just enough of the goaltender’s pad that the puck was left sitting right on the goal line for Sharib to sweep in and poke it in before the net dislodged for a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies made it 2-0 at 14:33 of the first, scoring off a barrage of shots on Ginn. Junior Ryan Tyson (Harleysville, Pa.) fired on goal from the right wing into traffic. Sims collected the rebound and snapped a wrister that Ginn turned away but left a rebound for Ferriss to bury for his second of the season and a two-goal lead. For Sims, it was his team-leading 14th assists of the season and gave the senior the point he needed to reach 100 for his career.
UConn, who had just 21 total shots in Friday night’s 3-1 loss to the Crusaders, finished the first period on Saturday night with an 18-15 edge on shots. Holy Cross was called for four penalties in the first, the last coming at the 19:00 minute mark for too many men on the ice.
The Huskies did not score on their first three power plays of the night but made their fourth opportunity count 45 seconds into the second. Senior Billy Latta (West Chester, Pa.) held the puck at the point and dished to junior Jacob Poe at the top of the left circle. Poe took a pair of strides and let loose a slap shot that found its way through traffic to beat Ginn. For Poe, it was his fourth goal of the season and his third power play tally.
Freshman Brent Norris (Ottawa, Ontario) got his sixth goal of the season at 17:26 in the second period to push the UConn lead to 4-0. The Huskies again set up shop in the Crusader zone and got some great looks on goal. Sophomore Patrick Kirtland (Cary, N.C.) let a one-time fly from the right circle that Ginn stopped but again the Huskies were left with a prime rebound. Norris put home the loose puck at the left post into an empty net for a 4-0 lead.
The Huskies finished off the scoring at 13:14 in the third period on Ferriss’ second of the night. Sophomore Kyle Huson (Parker, Colo.) ripped a shot from the point through traffic and Ferriss was sitting at the left post to redirect it past Ginn to make it 5-0 Huskies.
UConn finished the night with a 41-38 edge on shots and killed off all four Holy Cross power plays. The Huskies finished 1-for-6 with the extra skater.
Sims joins classmate Harris as the second Husky this season to reach 100 points this season. Sims is the seventh player in the Division I era (1998-present) to reach the mark. He now has 36 goals and 64 assists.
UConn will return to action next weekend when the take on Army in an AHA home-and-home series. The Huskies will host the Black Knights on Friday night at Freitas Ice Forum and travel to West Point on Saturday night.