STORRS, CT (October 6) Matt Owens (Framingham, MA) of the University of Connecticut mens hockey team scored a goal and added two assists to give the Huskies a 4-3 win over the University of Ottawa in exhibition play on Sunday afternoon at the UConn Ice Arena.
Connecticut opened the games scoring at 2:42 mark of the first period on a power play goal from DJ Miller (Mount Lebanon, PA). Owens earned his first of three points on the day, and Michael Hoffman scored his first collegiate point, both assisted on the goal. Just under three-minutes later (5:31), Ottawas Jean-Luc Martin tied the score on the power play. At the 15:44 mark of the period, on another power play, Owens passed the puck from behind the net to Tim Olsen (Vadnais Heights, MN), who flicked the puck into the top right side over the shoulder of Ottawa goalie Mathieu Blanchard. To end the period, Hugo Giguere evened the score on the first regular strength goal of the day. UConn out shot Ottawa, 25-11, for the first period.
After almost eight-minutes of goalless action, Owens notched an unassisted tally at the 13:02 mark. Again, Ottawa tied score on a shot from Brock Boucher with 1:08 left in the stanza.
UConn took the lead for the third and final time in the game just 15-seconds into the third period. Jon Ames (Baldwinsville, NY) notched Connecticuts third power play goal off an assist from Kurt Kamienski (Pittsfield, MA).
All three Husky goalies played a period apiece in the contest. Paul Morrissey (Winchester, MA) allowed two goals making nine saves, Artie Imbriano (Stoneham, MA) stopped six shots on goal allowing one goal and Jason Carey (Oakdale, MN) was held scoreless recoding eight saves. Blanchard notched 37 saves. Connecticut out shot Ottawa, 41-26.
The Huskies will travel to Matthews Arena in Boston, MA on Friday, October 11 at 7:00 pm to face Hockey East opponent Northeastern. UConn will open its regular season home schedule on Sunday, October 13 against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival Holy Cross at 5:00 pm at the UConn Ice Arena.