Nov. 10, 2012
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The University of Connecticut men's hockey team rallied for a 3-1 victory at Merrimack on Friday night for two straight wins. The Huskies improved to 2-4-1 while Merrimack dropped to 4-5-1. Senior Sean Ambrosienotched the game-winning goal and an assist to lead Connecticut.
Senior goaltender Garrett Bartusfinished with 30 stops. Merrimack's Rusumus Tirronen stopped 21 shots in the loss.
Tonight's victory marked just the second win for the Huskies over Merrimack in program history.
"It's a big game most of all because of the adversity we had to go through this week,'' said UConn assistant coach David Berard, who took over last week with Bruce Marshall taking an indefinite medical leave of absence. "When Bruce announced his medical leave on Monday, I think it hit everyone right between the eyes. The resiliency that these kids showed throughout the week at practice, staying focused, coming together and winning our first game of the year [against Sacred Heart on Friday], I think it gave us a lot of confidence coming into tonight. I think we played as good a game as we can play. Overall, we did everything we needed to do to win tonight.'' (Courtesy of Nancy Marrapese-Burrell Globe Staff)
The Warriors opened the scoring at 11:26 of the second period on a shot by Kyle Singleton.
UConn sophomore Cody Sharib equalized on the power play at 13:41 when he redirected a shot by Billy Lattafrom the point. The goal was Sharib's second of the season. Ambrosie also assisted on the play.
After two periods, Merrimack held a 23-11 advantage in shots.
Ambrosie notched the game-winning goal just 3:50 into the final period with a shot over the right shoulder of Tirronen. The goal was Ambrosie second of the y ear.
Connecticut dominated the play in the third period and outshot Merrimack 13-8. The Huskies had two power plays but failed to add an insurance tally until Evan Carrierenotched an empty netter with just 18 seconds remaining.
Connecticut will be in action next at Bentley on Saturday, November 17.