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Hernandez and Olson Push Men’s Hockey Past AIC 3-1

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (January 27, 2009) - Justin Hernandez (Farmington Hills, Mich.) and Andrew Olson (Alexandria, Minn.) helped the University of Connecticut men’s hockey team to their fifth conference win Tuesday over American International. The sophomore duo accounted for two goals and two assists on the night, including the game-winner 14:08 into the second period handing the Yellow Jackets their 20th loss of the season.

The Huskies (6-18-1, 5-11-1 Atlantic Hockey) got out to an early lead at 5:45 in the first when Hernandez netted the first goal of the game with some help from Olson and freshman Dan Naurato (Northville, Mich.). Hernandez’ goal was his seventh of the season and his first since Jan. 3.

AIC (4-20-1, 4-15-0) tied the game up at 1-1 at 14:27 when Chris Campanale scored his team leading fifth goal of the season. In the second, Olson gave the Huskies the lead for good with his team-leading 10th goal of the season. Hernandez returned the favor and senior Sean Erickson (Eden Prairie, Minn.) also tacked on an assist for his ninth of the season.

Junior Chris Ochoa (Santa Monica, Calif.) added on an insurance power-play goal at 19:29 in the second to seal the victory for the Huskies. Freshman Corey Jendras (Abingdon, Md.) got his third assist of the season on the Ochoa goal and recorded his first power play-point of the season. Freshman Marcello Ranallo (Burnaby, B.C.) also recorded an assist on the Ochoa goal to pick up his 13th assist of the season and 18th point of the year. UConn shut down any attempt by AIC to score during the third period though the Yellow Jackets outshot the Huskies 9-2 in the third and 25-20 overall.

Junior Beau Erickson (Hinton, Iowa) looked strong in the net making 24 saves. Olson’s game-winner was his third of the season and first since he recorded both game-winning goals against Army during the weekend series with the Black Knights back on October 24 and 25.

The Huskies are back in action on Friday at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum in the first game of the weekend series with Holy Cross. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m.