Nov. 2, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - Senior forward Billy Latta (West Chester, Pa.) scored a pair of second period goals to lift the University of Connecticut men’s ice hockey team to a 4-2 victory over Sacred Heart on Saturday at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
UConn improves to 2-2-1 on the season and 2-0 in Atlantic Hockey while the Pioneers fall to 2-5 and 1-3.
Three of UConn’s four goals were on the power play while Sacred Heart had a 32-21 shots advantage in the game. Sacred Heart was 1-3 on the power play while the Huskies were 3-5.
Husky freshman goaltender Robby Nichols (Dallas, Texas) made 3- saves in his first collegiate start while Andrew Bodnarchuk had 17 for Sacred Heart.
The Huskies led 2-1 after the first period and Latta made it 3-1 Huskies on a power play goal with 14:30 left in the second period as senior Jordan Sims (Toronto, Ont.) and sophomore Tyler Bouchard (Glastonbury, Conn.) each picked up an assist.
The Pioneers cut it to 3-2 at the 8:40 mark of the period on a goal by Evan Jasper, which had assists from Jordan Minello and Justin Danforth.
Latta scored his second goal of the game and period with a power play score with 2:17 left. Sims had his second assist of the game on the goal along with freshman Joona Kunnas (Vantaa, Finland) – his first career collegiate point. The third period was scoreless for the UConn win.
UConn scored the first two goals of the game as sophomore Patrick Kirtland (Cary, N.C.) slapped a shot in front the right side of the net at the 7:37 mark. The Huskies then took advantage of a power play as junior Jacob Poe (Arlington, Texas) scored with assists picked up by sophomore Shawn Pauly (Bellingham, Wash.) and freshman Brent Norris (Ottawa, Ont.) with 5:05 left to play.
Sacred Heart cut the first period deficit to 2-1 with 22 seconds left to play on a power play goal by Will Rayner that was assisted by Brian Sheehan.
The Huskies return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 12 when they play host to Holy Cross in an Atlantic Hockey contest at the Freitas Ice Forum. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.