STORRS, Conn. (March 1, 2008) - The University of Connecticut men's hockey team closed out the regular season with its fourth straight win Saturday, a 4-2 victory over Holy Cross. Chris Ochoa (Santa Monica, Calif.) scored two goals and senior Charles Solberg (Barrington, Ill.) added a goal of his own as he was honored as the team's only senior.
With the win, the Huskies finish the regular season at 12-19-3 and 11-14-3 in the Atlantic Hockey Association. UConn will be the seven seed in the upcoming AHA playoffs and will face fourth seeded Sacred Heart in a best-of-three series next weekend. The series will take place on Friday, March 7 through Sunday March 9, with all games taking place at the Milford Ice Arena in Milford, Conn. All games will start at 7:05 p.m.
Connecticut struck twice in the first period. Ochoa scored 11:18 into the period when two Holy Cross defenders screened goalie Adam Roy, and Ochoa was able to beat him above his right shoulder. It remained that way until the end of the period when on a Crusader power-play, Nick Schneider (Maplewood, Minn.) blocked a shot and sent a pass ahead to Solberg on a breakaway. Solberg shot the puck past Roy with only three seconds remaining on the clock to give UConn a 2-0 lead at the intermission.
Holy Cross was not deterred as they scored two power play goals early in the second period to tie the game at two. Ochoa then broke the tie with a rebound goal at the 11:32 mark off an Andrew Olson (Alexandria, Minn.) shot.
Beau Erickson (Hinton, Iowa) was able to preserve the one goal lead 10 minutes into the third period when he stopped the Crusaders' Brodie Sheahan on a breakaway after Sheahan had captured the puck coming out of the penalty box. Olson added the empty net goal at the 18:59 mark, and UConn had their fourth straight victory.
For the game, Holy Cross out shot the Huskies 27-18. Olson led the team with six shots. Erickson made 25 saves in goal.
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