STORRS, Conn. – Corey Jendras broke a 1-1 tied at 13:41 of the third period for the game-winner for the Huskies as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Connecticut, 2-1, in Atlantic Hockey action on the first day of the Toyota UConn Holiday Classic at the Freitas Ice Forum on Wednesday night. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 6-8-2 overall (5-4-2 Atlantic Hockey), while the Huskies improve to 6-7-3 overall (6-4-1 Atlantic Hockey). Holy Cross will play Bowling Green on Dec. 30 at 4:00 p.m., in the third-place game. Princeton defeated Bowling Green in the first contest of the tournament by a 4-2 score. This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.
The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at 10:29 of the first period when junior Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) sent a wrist shot to the upper left corner of the net for his fourth goal of the season. Juniors Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) and Matt Gordon (Perth, Ontario) each recorded assists. Holy Cross outshot UConn, 13-8, while the Crusaders went 0-2 on the power play.
The second period went scoreless as Holy Cross outshot the Huskies by a 10-9 margin, while each team went 0-1 on the man-advantage.
The Huskies tied the game at 1-1 at 1:00 of the third period when Andrew Olson scored on a backhander from right in front of the net. At 13:41, UConn took a 2-1 lead when Jendras fired a shot to the upper left corner of the net. The Crusaders went with an empty net with 52 seconds left but were unable to find the back of the net for the 2-1 final score.
Sophomore goalie Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, N.Y.) made 20 saves and is now 5-5-0 on the season, while Garrett Bartus made 29 saves to improve to 6-6-3. The Crusaders went 0-3 on the power play and the Huskies went 0-1, while Holy Cross outshot UConn, 30-22.