SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (Oct. 31, 2008) – The University of Connecticut men’s hockey team took to the road for the first time in three weeks as they traveled to Schenectady, N.Y. to take on the Union Dutchmen. Union (3-1-1) got out to an early two-goal lead and the Huskies (2-3-0) were never able to overcome the deficit falling by just one goal.
Union scored their first two goals of the night within the first five minutes of the game as Kelly Zajac and Adam Presizniuk tallied on goals at 3:05 and 4:03 respectively. UConn bounced back just two minutes later as senior Sean Erickson (Eden Prairie, Minn.) scored his first goal of the year near the very end of a power play as Union forward John Simpson was called for a hold. The goal came 6:17 into the first as Erickson was assisted by sophomore Jason Krispel (Cypress, Calif.) for his seventh of the year and freshman Marcello Ranallo (Burnaby, B.C.), his fourth.
Neither of the teams were able to score again until 14:22 into the second period. Stephane Boileau netted Union’s third goal of the night with some help from Jason Walters giving them a 3-1 lead. UConn was able to get another goal and cut the lead to one at 7:09 in the third when junior Brendan Olinyk (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc.) scored his first goal of the season with some help from senior Brendan Bayers (St. Louis Park, Minn.) and sophomore Matt Pedemonti (Enfield, Conn.).
The Huskies had an opportunity to tie the game up within the last minute and a half when Boileau was called for a tripping penalty giving UConn the man-up opportunity. The Huskies even pulled the goalie for the last 26 seconds to give them a two-man opportunity, but the puck was unable to find the back of the net and the Huskies fell on the road for the third time this season, 3-2.
UConn is back in action Saturday, Nov. 1 in an in-state match with Quinnipiac that will be shown on MyTV9 live. The puck will drop at 7:00 p.m.