MILFORD, CT (Jan. 30) - Sacred Hearts Garrett Larson scored twice to lead the Pioneers to a 4-2 victory over the University of Connecticut mens hockey team at the Milford Ice Pavilion on Friday evening. Freshman Eric Helstedt (Minot, N.D.) and sophomore Marcus Baxter (Coral Springs, Fla.) each tallied goals which brought the Huskies to within one of Sacred Heart, but UConn struggled to find an offensive rhythm throughout the game and never scored the tying goal.
The loss drops the Huskies to 5-13-5 overall and 2-8-3 in the Atlantic Hockey Association, while Sacred Heart improves to 5-14-4 overall and 5-6-2 in the conference. Pioneer coach Shaun Hannah reached a milestone with the win, recording the 100th victory of his career.
Larson started off the scoring for the night, tallying the only goal of the opening period when he slipped a shot past UConn goaltender Scott Tomes (Windham, N.H.) with 6:47 remaining.
Mike Reagan gave the Pioneers a 2-0 lead with 7:27 elapsed in the second period with help from Bernie Chmiel and Drew Sanders. UConns Helstedt scored less than four minutes later to bring the score to 2-1, with assists from B.J. Crum (Hampden, Mass.) and J.R. Corkery (Salt Lake City, Utah).
Larson increased the lead to 3-1 with his second goal of the night, a power play tally with less than two minutes remaining in the second period.
Baxter scored for the Huskies just 5:36 into the final period to again bring the score within one. Helstedt recorded his second point of the evening and 11th of the season with an assist on the goal, and Scott McDougall (Mansfield, Mass.) was also credited with an assist.
The Pioneers received an insurance goal from Rocco Molinaro just under midway through the third period to put the score at its final total of 4-2 in favor of Sacred Heart.
Tomes finished the game with 25 saves for UConn, while Sacred Heart goaltender Kevin Lapointe made 22 saves.
UConn and Sacred Heart will meet again tomorrow, Saturday, January 31 at the UConn Ice Arena. The game marks Alumni Day for UConn, with many former players expected to be in attendance. The contest is set to begin at 7:05 p.m., and will be broadcast live on WHUS 91.7.