BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The UConn men’s hockey team dropped their second-straight Hockey East game, falling to Notre Dame in the second game of a weekend series from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Fighting Irish took all four conference points in their first Hockey East series of the season. The loss drops the Huskies to 3-4-0 overall and 1-3-0 in Hockey East.
The Fighting Irish had eight different players score in the win while sophomore Cal Petersen made 19 saves to pick-up both wins on the weekend. Notre Dame finished with a 37-21 edge on shots.
UConn got goals from senior Patrick Kirtland (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and sophomore Corey Ronan (Franklin, Mass.) in the loss. Sophomore Rob Nichols (Dallas, Texas) made 21 saves before departing in the third period. Sophomore Tanner Creel (Arlington Heights, Ill.) came on to see his first action of the season and stopped all eight shots he faced.
Notre Dame built a 3-0 lead after the first period to take command. The Irish jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Jake Evans goal at 9:04 and Dylan Malmquist and Thomas DiPauli followed to close out the scoring in the first period.
Steven Fogarty scored the game’s only power play goal at 5:38 of the second period, putting a rebound home at the left post to make it 4-0 Notre Dame. UConn cracked the scoring column at 14:38 as senior Shawn Pauly (Bellington, Wash.) and Kirtland broke up ice on a two-on-one. Pauly put a shot on Petersen but Kirtland cleaned up the rebound at the right post for his second on the year.
Notre Dame made it 5-1 to end the period as Joe Wegwerth picked up a UConn turnover in their zone and whipped a wrist shot through traffic to beat a screened Nichols. The third period opened with a Bobby Nardella goal at 1:48 then a fluke Irish goal at 4:34 to make it 7-1.
The Huskies got Nichols off on a delayed penalty opportunity but Pauly threw a pass toward the middle that missed the mark and sailed all the way into an empty net for a Fighting Irish goal. The goal was credited to Tony Bretzman. Notre Dame tacked on an eighth goal at 9:13. UConn closed the scoring out as Ronan buried a break-away feed from Kasperi Ojantakanen (Helsinki, Finland).
UConn finished 0-for-4 on the power play in the loss.
UConn will return to action for a home-and-home Hockey East series with UMass next weekend. The Huskies will host the Minutemen on Friday night, November 6th at XL Center and travel up to Amherst on Saturday night.
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