HARTFORD, Conn. – Army junior goaltender Parker Gahagen stopped all 23 shots he faced Tuesday night to deal the UConn Huskies their fifth-straight loss, 2-0, in front of 3,883 at the XL Center. The Huskies fall to 3-7-0 overall on the season with the loss. The win is the first for the Black Knights this season as they improve to 1-5-2 overall.
Army junior Ryan Nick scored the game-winning goal at 7:35 in the third period and classmate Clint Carlisle added an empty netter to produce the 2-0 final The Huskies generated just 23 total shots in the loss, and where outshot 30-23 by the Black Knights.
Husky goaltender Rob Nichols (Dallas, Texas) stopped 28 shots in taking the loss. UConn has now lost five-straight for the first time under third year head coach Mike Cavanaugh and has their first five-game slide since the 2010-11 season.
The Black Knights came alive in the third period at both ends of the ice, holding the Huskies to just six shots while generating 10 offensively. Army ended the stalemate when Nick finished off a great cross-ice feed from senior center Shane Hearn. The Black Knights held the puck in the zone and Hearn sent a pass from the top of the right circle to a crashing Nick breaking up the left wing. The junior defenseman buried the puck top-shelf, past Nichols to the stick side.
UConn got Nichols off the ice with just over a minute left in the third but couldn’t generate any good looks. Carlisle created a turnover on the blue line and got loose up the right wing to safely tap the empty net goal in at 19:42 to seal the win.
The Huskies finished 0-for-3 on the night on the power play. Sophomore Spencer Naas (Minnetonka, Minn.) generated a team-high five shots for UConn.
UConn returns to Hockey East play this weekend with a Friday night trip to the University of Vermont. Opening face-off is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
Post Game Quotes:
Army Head Coach Brian Riley:
"Obviously really proud of our guys. This is a great win for us. Non-league win against a Hockey East school. We've kind of been off to a slow start but actually played pretty well. We've been our own worst enemy, as far as taking penalties, and tonight our guys played with a lot of discipline and put us in a position to win a hockey game."
"It's not quite Veteran's Day, but we have played games on Veteran's day, we have played games the night before. It is such an honor to coach at a place like West Point and know that the guys that you have coached and what they have gone on to do and what these young men are going to do some day, makes it the most humbling and rewarding job in college hockey and to see us get a win on Veteran's night....I think the hockey gods were kind of looking out for us tonight."
UConn Head Coach Mike Cavanaugh:
"Right now to say were in a major funk would be an understatement. We're just not a very good hockey team right now. I want to give credit to Army, I thought they completely outplayed us in the third period. It was maybe an even game up until that point but the third period, they owned the third period. They outplayed us and won the game. They deserved to win he game. As a collective group, coaching, coaches, players we have to come together and work to get out of this funk. I do believe we are a better team than what we are showing right now but you are what you are. And right now were a 3-7 hockey team that's lost 5 in a row."
Junior Evan Richardson on recent stretch:
"Obviously it’s frustrating. Robbie Nichols gives up one goal, and that should win us a hockey game. I think it’s on us to put in a goal or two for him."
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