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UConn Loses Close One To RIT, 5-4
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- After winning the first of the two games in the weekend series against the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Connecticut came out with a purpose in their second game of the weekend scoring two early goals. RIT (5-7-1, 4-3-0 Atlantic Hockey) would counter the Huskies lead the rest of the night, and in the third, the Tigers took their first lead of the weekend and kept the one-goal lead until the end of the game for a 5-4 win as the Huskies fell for the ninth time this season.

UConn got off to a fast start scoring their first two goals in a matter of seconds. The Huskies pounded in their first goal five minutes into the first period. Junior Chris Ochoa (Santa Monica, Calif.) scored his third goal in as many games netting his fourth overall of the season and giving the Huskies the 1-0 lead. Sophomore Matt Pedemonti (Enfield, Conn.) added the helper his third in the last three games.

UConn scored just 38 seconds later when freshman Marcello Ranallo (Burnaby, BC) scored his third goal of the season, and first since the Army series, with some help from sophomore Jason Krispel (Cypress, Calif.) and junior Michael Coppola (Old Brookville, N.Y.). Krispel’s helper was his ninth of the season, Coppola’s his second.

RIT was able to come back and tie the game up at two-all with two goals scored by Mike Janda and Matt Crowell but before the end of the first period was over, senior Sean Erickson (Eden Prarie, Minn.) would help UConn get back to a one-goal lead when he scooped up the rebound of sophomore Brian Reagan’s (Ballwin, Mo.) shot sending his own shot to the back of the net. A little help from sophomore Andrew Olson (Alexandria, Minn.) on a quick pass up the side aided out the goal.

In the second RIT was able to tie the game up at three apiece on a shorthanded goal by Brent Alexin. But before the end of the second was over, UConn was able to retake the lead when Ochoa netted his second goal of the game. Ochoa’s goal, his fifth of the year, came on a UConn power play. The goal was set up by some great passes from freshman Brad Cooper (Boca Raton, Fla.) and sophomore Stevie Bergin (Groton, Mass.).

The third period, however, brought two RIT goals scored by Andrew Favot and Tyler Brenner and the Huskies were unable to overcome. Near the end of the third period, the pulling of the goalie and a RIT penalty brought 15 seconds of 6-4 play but UConn was unable to get a shot on goal off falling to RIT 5-4 in the weekend finale.

Junior Beau Erickson (Hinton, Iowa) made 31 saves on the night for the Huskies bringing his season total to 295.

The Huskies are back in action next Saturday in at Brown University in Providence, R.I. The puck will drop at 4:00 p.m.