Nov. 12, 2013
The Huskies (3-2-1, 2-0-0 AHA) have been off the ice since their 4-2 win over Sacred Heart on November 2nd and some rust showed in the first period Tuesday night. The Crusaders held a 14-4 edge on shots over the first 20 minutes but could not crack senior goaltender Matt Grogan (
UConn burst out of the locker room to start the second and freshman Joona Kunnas (Vantaa, Finland) gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead midway through, scoring his first career goal. Kunnas buried a wrister in the top shelf past HC goaltender Matt Ginn, off a feed from Ryan Tyson (
Ferris took advantage of an odd man rush after the Huskies killed off a penalty. Ferris picked-up a loose puck and sniped one for a 2-0 lead at 18:10. The Crusaders stole back the momentum just 30 seconds later as Nick Finn score scored his first collegiate goal to send his team to the locker room down just 2-1.
The Crusaders (2-6-0, 2-1-0 AHA) took advantage early of a back-and-forth third period, scoring two more to storm back for a 3-2 lead. Matt Vidal evened the score at 2-2 when he tipped home a Tim Driscoll shot at the doorstep four minutes in. Finn gave his team a 3-2 lead at 8:47 when he scored his second of the night, set-up again by Driscoll.
The Huskies stormed back starting with their top-line getting into the act at 11:07. Junior Cody Sharib got free on the right wing and after his initial shot was stopped, he cleaned up the rebound on a wide open net to knot it at 3-3.
Pauly gave the Huskies the lead back for good at 15:31 as he took a feed from junior Trevor Gerling, went straight to net and buried the game-winner.
UConn's defense locked down Holy Cross from there with the highlight coming at 3:11 when Grogan kept the game tied stopping a penalty shot. Jordan Sims (
Grogan finished the night with 27 saves in earning the win. Holy Cross goaltender Matt Ginn made 22 stops.
The Huskies will close out a five-game homestand at the Freitas Ice Forum on Friday night when they play host to the Bentley Falcons in AHA action. The puck drops at 7:05 pm.
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