STORRS, Conn. (January 30, 2009) - Despite a three goal lead, the University of Connecticut men’s hockey team fell to Holy Cross 5-3, Friday, after giving up five-unanswered goals throughout the second and third period. Senior Nick Schneider (Maplewood, Minn.) recorded two assists on the night for the Huskies.
After making his 25th save of the night during the second period, junior Beau Erickson (Hinton, Iowa) jumped into first place on the UConn Division I career saves list. Erickson finished with 37 saves to make his career saves total 2,178 at the end of the game.
UConn jetted out to a 1-0 lead when junior Chris Ochoa (Santa Monica, Calif.) scored his 10th goal of the season at 1:54 in the first. Ochoa is the second Husky to reach double-digits in goals scored this year. He was helped out by Schneider who recorded his first point of the season on the assist and freshman Chris Waterstradt (Tulsa, Okla.).
They added to their lead later in the first as senior Jordan Behler (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) recorded his first goal of the season, and the first of his collegiate career to put the Huskies up 2-0 before the end of the first period. The shot came from the point and trickled in between the Holy Cross goalie Adam Roy’s legs. Behler was assisted by sophomore Jeff Sapieha (Calgary, Alberta) who had his seventh assist of the season on the play and Schneider who got his second of the game.
In the second, UConn continued to add to their lead tacking on a third goal when Corey Jendras (Abingdon, Md.) netted the first goal of his collegiate career to give the Huskies the three goal lead. Sophomore Jason Krispel (Cypress, Calif.) helped Jendras tallying his 19th assist of the season and became the first Husky to reach 20 points.
But Holy Cross started on their attack and went on to score five unanswered goals. By the end of the second period, the three-goal lead had evaporated and the score was knotted at three. In the third, both teams were on the attack until 7:31 when Jay Silvia raced down the ice with the puck netting the game-winning goal for the Crusaders on a high shot to the upper right corner of the net. Later into the third, Holy Cross added an insurance goal and retained their 5-3 lead taking the first game of the weekend series.
The Huskies are back in action Saturday for the final game in the weekend series against Holy Cross. The puck will drop at 7:05.