- The University of Connecticut men’s hockey team returned home against the Rochester Institute of Technology for their first home series since the weekend of October 24 and 25 when they swept Army. Since that sweep, the Huskies (3-8-0, 3-3-0 Atlantic Hockey) went on a six-game skid which was snapped Friday in a 2-1 win over RIT(4-7-1, 3-3-1 Atlantic Hockey). UConn won their third game of the year, all of which have come at the Mark E. Freitas Ice Forum.
UConn got off to a quick start when sophomore Andrew Olson (Alexandria, Minn.) scored the first goal of the game for the Huskies only 1:03 into the game. The goal was the first that Olson has scored since the Army series. A few great passes from sophomore Brian Reagan (Ballwin, Mo.) and freshman Corey Jendras (Abingdon, Md.) helped Olson out.
RIT struck back about three minutes later when, at 4:16, Brennan Sarazin with some help from Alan Mazur and Tyler Brenner got the puck past junior goalkeeper Beau Erickson (Hinton, Iowa) to knot the game up at one apiece.
But UConn fired back to propel themselves into the lead going into the first intermission. After a couple of quick passes up the ice from sophomore Matt Pedemonti (Enfield, Conn.) and freshman Brad Cooper (Boca Raton, Fla.), junior Chris Ochoa (Santa Monica, Calif.) fired a shot off that ricocheted off the pipe and into the back of the net for the 2-1 advantage. The goal was the second for Ochoa in as many games. Cooper’s assist was the first point of his collegiate career and Pedemonti tacked on his second assist of the season on the helper.
Nothing was happening during the second period. UConn was able to kill the power play on the on the four opportunities that RIT had and the Tigers were able to do the same on UConn’s two power play opportunities during the period. Shot totals were close for both teams as UConn managed eight while RIT set off 10.
UConn finished the game with 30 shots, outshooting the Tigers by five. This only the second time this season that the Huskies have outshot their opponents and the first time that they have won the decision.
UConn returns to action Saturday, November 22 against RIT for the final game in the weekend series. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m.