STORRS, Conn. (December 29, 2005) - The University of Connecticut men's hockey team clinched a spot in the Toyota UConn Hockey Classic championship game with a 3-0 shutout of Army on Thursday evening in front of a crowd of 1,139 fans. UConn will look to extend its four game winning streak as it faces the Falcons of Bowling Green, who defeated UMass to advance to the championship, at 7:15 p.m. at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Friday evening.
Junior Scott Tomes (Windham, N.H.) had a stellar game between the pipes for the Huskies with 35 saves, 17 of which came in the first period alone. The Black Knights out-shot UConn 35-18, but were unable to convert on their four power play opportunities, including a five minute major in the first period that was given to Matt Scherer (Seattle, Wash.).
The first period remained scoreless for both teams. UConn took only four shots on goal in the first stanza, but they would make up for it in the second when they took eight and scored the game-winner of the evening. Senior captain Chris Uber (Ithaca, N.Y.), on an assist from junior Cole Koidahl (Minneapolis, Minn.), set off the lights and buzzers at the 17:07 mark of the period on a power play advantage.
UConn would not score again until the third period when sophomore Charles Solberg (Barrington, Ill.) came around the back of Army's net on the right side, took a pass from teammate Trevor Stewart (Elk River, Minn.) and slid the puck past Army goalie Brad Roberts for the Huskies' second goal of the night.
The final goal of the game would come over 11 minutes later on another power play advantage. Junior B.J. Crum (Hampden, Mass.), with an assists from freshmen Nick Schneider (Maplewoood, Minn.) and Chris Myhro (Eden Prairie, Minn.), scored on Roberts to bring the final score to 3-0.
In early action, the Falcons of Bowling Green defeated the Minutemen of UMass 3-2. The consolation game of the Toyota UConn Hockey Classic between UMass and Army will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday evening while the championship game will face off at 7:15 p.m.