STORRS, Conn. (January 26, 2008) - The University of Connecticut completed a three-point weekend Saturday with a 1-1 tie against the Rochester Institute of Technology. Justin Hernandez (Farmington Hills, Michigan) scored for the Huskies. UConn is now 8-13-3 overall, and 7-8-3 in the Atlantic Hockey Association. RIT is 12-9-4 and 10-6-4.
After a defensive first period that saw only 11 combined shots (8-3 advantage for the Tigers) and no goals, things opened up more in the second stanza. RIT scored their first goal of the weekend when a shot by Andrew Favot bounced into the air and back down on the ice. Husky goalie Beau Erickson (Hinton, Iowa) covered the puck, but it had gone across the line to give the Tigers the goal. Connecticut was able to tie the score with only 15 seconds left in the period. The Huskies were on a power-play and Steve Bergin (Groton, Mass.) sent a shot that hit a mass of bodies in front of the net. Hernandez slapped at the loose puck and put it into the back of the net for his first career goal. UConn scored three power play goals this weekend, the most for any weekend series this season.
Since this was the second game in two nights of what has been a very physical series, fatigue set in the third period. Erickson made 15 saves throughout the stanza, but the Husky defense was strong in making sure they weren't difficult shots to handle. The best chance for the Huskies to score came when Matt Pedemonti (Enfield, Conn.) recovered a rebounded shot and was able to take a shot at the net with the goalie out of position, but his shot went just wide. Neither team generated any scoring chances in overtime, and the game ended in a tie.
For the game RIT out shot Connecticut 31-18. Hernandez and B.J. Bayers (St. Louis Park, Minn.) tied for the team lead with three shots on goal each. Erickson capped off a spectacular weekend with 30 saves. RIT was 0-for-4 on the power play tonight, as the Huskies held them to a 0-for-13 total over the weekend.
UConn hits the road next weekend for a two-game series with Army. The Huskies and Black Knights have split their two games played so far in Storrs. Games are Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2, both scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Tate Rink.