STORRS, CT (Jan. 31) - The Pioneers Garrett Larson completed a hat trick to lead Sacred Heart to a 6-5 victory over the University of Connecticut mens hockey team at the UConn Ice Arena on Saturday. Two goals and three assists from the Huskies Tim Olsen (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) were not enough to overcome the offensive pressure by Sacred Heart, who out-shot UConn 37-33.
UConn drops to 5-14-5 overall and 2-9-3 in the Atlantic Hockey Association with the loss, while Sacred Heart improves to 6-14-4 overall and 6-6-2 in the conference.
Larson scored early in the first period with a shot from the left side that made it past UConn goaltender Scott Tomes (Windham, N.H.) on Tomes stick side. The Huskies quickly came up with an answer as B.J. Crum scored less than two minutes later to tie the game. Crums goal with 8:04 elapsed was scored with help from Olsen and Bill Magnuson (Rochdale, Minn.) in a power play situation.
The two goals were just the first of seven to be scored in the opening period. Magnusons goal was followed by a Sacred Heart tally from Peter Ferraro, who put the puck in after a shot by Erik Roos bounced off the glass. Olsen kept to tradition for the night, again scoring a goal for UConn less than two minutes following the goal by Ferraro. Larson followed Olsens goal with the Pioneers third of the night in a power play with 3:11 remaining in the first period, but again UConn had an answer. Chris Uber (Ithaca, N.Y.) put the puck between the legs of Pioneer goaltender Kevin Lapointe with 2:56 remaining, and the Huskies scored again to end the period up 4-3 with a power play goal by Matt Scherer (Seattle, Wash.).
Sacred Heart tied the score just under midway through the second period when Chris Connerty collected his own rebound and slid the puck past Tomes. The Pioneers then took the lead with Larsons third goal of the night when Sacred Heart was up two men on the ice.
The Pioneers took a two-goal lead midway through the third with an unassisted goal by Pierre-Luc OBrien. The 6-4 score stood until UConn was awarded a penalty shot with 1:10 remaining, and Olsen converted on the opportunity to put the Huskies within one. UConn pulled Tomes after the goal, but failed to score the tying goal in the final minute.
Tomes finished the game with 31 saves for UConn, while Lapointe made 28 saves.
UConn will return to the ice on Friday, February 6 when they travel to Bentley for a 7:30 p.m. contest.