Hawkins Nets Game-Winning Goal As Men’s Hockey Knocks Off Canisius, 4-3



    STORRS, Conn. (January 13, 2007) — Sophomore Ryan Hawkins (Eden Prairie, Minn.) netted the game-winning goal with less than four minutes remaining in the third period to catapult the University of Connecticut men’s hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Canisius Saturday evening at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. 

    Hawkins, who has now scored a goal in each of his last two games, laced a one-timer into the upper right corner of the Canisius net following consecutive passes from freshman Michael Coppola (Old Brookville, N.Y.) and sophomore Sean Erickson (Eden Prairie, Minn.).    

    Canisius (6-16-1, 6-11-1 AHA) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead midway through the first period when Chris Forsman scored his sixth goal of the season with a shot just outside the Husky crease. 

    Senior assistant captain Cole Koidahl (Minneapolis, Minn.) responded with a pair of goals over the final four and half minutes of the first period to give the Huskies a 2-1 edge at the first intermission.  Koidahl’s first power-play goal game at the 15:27 mark following passes from Charles Solberg (Barrington, Ill.) and Trevor Stewart (Elk River, Minn.).  Koidahl struck again with a second power-play goal with 19 seconds remaining as he blasted home a shot top shelf just inside the blue line to give the Huskies lead heading into intermission.  Solberg and Brian Burns (Binghamton, N.Y.) each tallied assists on the play. 

    The Golden Griffins regained the lead, 3-2, with two goals in the first four minutes of the second period scored by Jaymie Harrington and David Kasch respectively. 

    UConn (8-14-0, 8-8-0 AHA) quickly answered and tied the score at three goals apiece as sophomore Chris Myhro (Eden Prairie, Minn.) notched his team-leading 13th goal of the season.  After initial shots from Alec Kirschner (Dix Hills, N.Y.) and Scott McDougall (Mansfield, Mass.), Myhro fired the loose puck past Canisius goaltender Bryce Luker for UConn’s third power-play goal of the night. 

    Husky freshman goaltender Beau Erickson (Hinton, Iowa) secured his third win of the season after finishing with 26 saves. 

    UConn returns to the ice Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. when the Huskies travel to Rochester, N.Y. to begin a two-game series at RIT.