MILFORD, Conn. (Feb. 4) The University of Connecticut mens hockey team suffered a 4-3 overtime setback to Sacred Heart in Atlantic Hockey action on Friday evening at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The Huskies fall to 7-19-2 on the season with a 6-9-1 record in Atlantic Hockey, while Sacred Heart moves to 9-14-1 overall, 9-4-1 in the league.
Pierre-Luc OBrien gave Sacred Heart a 1-0 lead at 5:20 in the opening stanza, with a power play goal from Kalen Wright and Garrett Larson. Junior Chris Uber (Ithaca, N.Y.) then answered for UConn, tying the game at one, scoring off a feed from freshman Mike Neilon (St. Paul, Minn.) and senior captain Tim Olsen (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) 9:36 into the first.
Freshman Charles Solberg (Barrington, Ill.) then gave the Huskies the lead with a goal 9:13 into the second stanza from senior Matt Grew (Yarmouthport, Mass.) and sophomore Cole Koidahl (Minneapolis, Minn.), but OBrien managed his second power play goal of the night from Wright and Larson at the 12:30 mark, evening the score at two.
Solberg posted his second of the game 16:59 into the second period with assists going to Olsen and junior Aaron Kakepetum (Balmertown, Ontario), sending Connecticut into the locker room with a 3-2 advantage. However, Larson opened the third period with the equalizer, scoring for the Pioneers at 1:28 off a pass from Rocco Molinaro and OBrien.
Two minutes and 44 seconds into overtime, Alexandre Parent netted the game-winner for Sacred Heart from William Billinghurst and OBrien.
Sacred Heart outshot Connecticut, 34-29. Kevin LaPointe made 26 saves in net for the Pioneers, while freshman goaltender Brad Smith (Detroit, Mich.) stopped 30 shots for the Huskies
UConn returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 5, as the team closes out the season series with Sacred Heart at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum at 7:05 p.m.