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Gerling and Pauly Lead Huskies to 4-4 Tie at #5 Boston University

Shawn Pauly had a career-high four points Saturday night
Nov. 8, 2014

Final Stats

BOSTON, Mass. - The UConn tandem of senior Trevor Gerling (Seattle, Wash.) and Shawn Pauly (Bellingham, Wash.) each scored two goals and dished out two assists as the Huskies skated to a 4-4 tie with No. 5 nationally ranked Boston University in a Hockey East match-up Saturday night at Agganis Arena in Boston.  UConn finished off the week grabbing three of a possible four points in the Hockey East standings with their win over No. 3 ranked Boston College on Wednesday and Saturday's tie with the Terriers.

The Huskies are now 2-4-3 overall and 1-2-1 in league play while BU is 5-1-1 on the year and 3-1-1 in Hockey East.  UConn scored a pair of power play goals on the night and have three in their last two games after starting the week just one-of-19 with the extra skater.  Sophomore goaltender Rob Nichols (Dallas, Texas) made 30 saves in net.

BU, coming off a big 5-3 win over Boston College last night, wasted little time in scoring the game's first goal, needing just 35 seconds to light the scoreboard.  Freshman Jack Eichel picked up the first of his three assists on the night, carrying the puck up the left boards and centering a cross ice pass to junior Danny O'Regan who beat Nichols one-on-one for his fourth goal of the season and a 1-0 lead.

The Huskies answered back at the 3:43 mark, tying the game on Pauly's first of the night and the season.  Gerling hit freshman Spencer Naas (Minnetonka, Minn.) in the left circle and the rookie fired a shot off the pads of Connor LaCouvee.  The rebound came right out to a hard charging Pauly who swept in off the right win to bury the loose puck, knotting the game at 1-1.

UConn grabbed a 2-1 lead late in the second period, scoring on the power play.  BU's Nickolas Olsson was called for a five minute major, game misconduct for contact to the head at 15:29.  The Huskies came up with the go ahead goal when Pauly got a feed from Evan Richardson (Nanaimo, British Columbia) and got a pair of shots on LaCouvee at close range when Gerling found the puck at the left post to bang it home at 18:50.  

The Huskies five-minute power play ended in the opening seconds in the third and the Terriers struck quickly, tying the game at 2-2 just 39 seconds into the period.  Eichel carried the puck through the UConn zone and fed Brien Diffley in the right circle for a one-timer he buried top shelf for his first collegiate goal.  UConn swung the game back at the 9:00 minute mark on Gerling's second of the night, and fourth on the year.  Pauly fed Gerling on the right win and he was able to walk in and slide a shot through the five-hole for a 3-2 lead.

The lead was short lived as 30 seconds later junior Mike Moran batted a rebounded Diffley shot right in front of Nichols out of the air and in tying the game at 3-3.  BU's Eichel set up the go-ahead goal at 15:43 as O'Regan split a pair of defenders and took a pass for a breakaway.  O'Regan went to his backhand to beat Nichols for his second goal of the night a 4-3 lead.

UConn responded once again and notched the tying goal off the stick of Pauly on the power play.  After coincidental penalties at 16:01, Gerling drew a holding call on Matt Grzelcyk to get a 4-on-3 for the Huskies.  Gerling put a pass through traffic on the stick of freshman Kasperi Ojantakanen (Helsinki, Finland) who fired on net from the right circle.  LaCouvee deflected the shot but Pauly was waiting near the right post to poke it home tying the game at 4-4 at 16:46.

The two teams skated to overtime and the Terriers got two shots off to UConn's one but it was the Huskies who had the better look at a game-winner.  Freshman Corey Ronan (Franklin, Mass.) created a turnover along the right boards and got loose for a break-away.  The rookie blasted a shot from just inside the right circle that LaCouvee fought off and covered up for a face-off.

The Terriers held a 34-26 edge on shots but were 0-for-3 on the power play.  UConn finished the night 2-of-7 with the extra skater.

Pauly's four points marked a career-high for the junior forward while his two goals and two assists matched his previous career bests (2g at Army Feb. 22, 2013/ 2a vs. Bentley Feb. 11, 2013 & at Air Force, Jan. 31, 2014).  Gerling's four point night matches his career-high, set against Army (Nov. 1, 2013) and his two goals matches his previous high mark set twice (vs. AIC, Dec. 29, 2012 & vs. Army, Nov. 1, 2013).

The Huskies are back in action on Friday, November 14th when the take on former Atlantic Hockey rival Sacred Heart University at the Taft School in Watertown, Conn.  Game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

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