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Second Period Rally Leads Bentley Past Men's Hockey Team 4-2

STORRS, Conn. (November 9, 2007) - The University of Connecticut men's hockey team gave up two goals in a 1:12 period span late in the second period as they dropped a game to Bentley 4-2 on Friday night. UConn falls to 1-5-0 overall and 1-4-0 in the Atlantic Hockey Association. The Falcons are 4-5-1 and 4-1-1.

The first period started slow as each team was only able to generate one shot attempt in the first five minutes. Bentley got on the board first 7:37 into the period when on a Husky power play, Dain Prewitt capitalized on a turnover to score on a breakaway. UConn answered back less than four minutes later, when Matt Pedemonti (Enfield, Conn.) scored his first career goal from the right circle off a cross-ice pass by Michael Coppola (Old Brookeville, N.Y.). The Huskies took the lead 1:44 later when off the faceoff in the Husky zone, Chris Myhro (Eden Prairie, Minn.) sent a long pass to Chris Ochoa (Santa Monica, Calif.) who skated into the Falcon zone and beat the goalie. UConn out shot Bentley 9-5 in the period.

The second period was fairly even. Beau Erickson (Hinton, Iowa) made a great save on the Falcon's Jeremy Robert 2:30 into period reaching up to grab his shot off a partial breakaway. Bentley was able to go ahead to stay when they scored the only two goals of the period at the 16:10 and 17:22 marks to take a 3-2 lead into the second intermission.

UConn had trouble generating shots on net in the third period as they attempted 14 shots, but were able to get only five on target. With time running down, Bentley scored an insurance goal on the power play as Erik Peterson made it 4-2. The Huskies pulled the goalie at the 1:09 mark, and Ryan Hawkins (Eden Prairie, Minn.) had a hard slap shot that the Falcon's goalie was just able to grab to help them secure the victory.

For the game, Bentley out shot Connecticut 24-19. Four players were tied for the team lead with three shots each for the Huskies, while Erickson made 20 saves in goal.

UConn will look to gain a split in the series when they travel to Watertown, Mass. for the rematch on Saturday. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.



Michael Coppola