STORRS, Conn. (Oct. 24, 2008) – The University of Connecticut men’s hockey team got out to an early lead during the first period of play in their last game against Army during the 2008-09 regular season. Army (0-3-0, 0-2-0 Atlantic Hockey) bounced back eventually tying up the game during the middle of the second period, but some strong offense by the Huskies (2-2-0, 2-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) put them up for good and for the first time in UConn Hockey history, the Huskies swept Army in a two-game series.
Army took an early lead five minutes into the first period when Biff McNally snuck the puck past sophomore Brad McInnis (Anchorage, Alaska). McInnis got the start in goal for the fourth time in his career and won his first career collegiate game. McInnis put up a tough showing in the first period as Army never stopped with their strong offense after finishing the game with 42 shots last night.
UConn tied the game up at 7:21 when Andrew Olson (Alexandria, Minn.) scored his fifth goal of the year on a pass out of the corner from the Jason Krispel (Cypress, Calif.). Just a mere 12 seconds later, UConn scored the go-ahead goal after winning the faceoff at center ice. Chris Ochoa (Santa Monica, Calif.) blasted the puck in the goal on a quick pass from Krispel who earned his fourth multi-point game of his career.
UConn took a 3-1 lead at 10:25 when after serving his time for a high-sticking penalty, Daniel Naurato (Northville, Mich.) burst out of the penalty box sending a pass from Michael Coppola (Old Brookville, N.Y.) into the goal to give UConn the two-goal advantage.
Army came out after the first intermission firing scoring a goal that cut the UConn lead in half just 18 seconds into the period. Later in the second period at 10:54, Army erased the UConn lead by tying the game up at three-all on a Cody Omilusik goal.
UConn bounced back though as Olson scored the go-ahead goal to put the Huskies on top for good. In the third period, with UConn on a power play, Olson scored his third goal of the series and also recorded his twelfth multi-point game, fifth of the two-goal kind, to put the Huskies up by two. Less than 30 seconds later, UConn put the game out of reach with a Marcello Ranallo (Burnaby, British Columbia) goal with some help from Jeff Sapieha (Calgary, Alberta). Sapieha recorded three assists during the Army series.
McInnis finished the game with 34 saves, just three shy of his career high as Army took 79 shots on goal during the entire series.
The Huskies are back in action next weekend on a two game road trip taking them to Union Friday, Oct. 31 and to Quinnipiac Saturday, Nov. 1. The Quinnipiac game will be broadcasted live on MyTV-9.