Men's Hockey Falls To UConn, 3-1

Kyle Atkins

STORRS, Conn. ­– The Huskies had three different goal scorers as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Connecticut, 3-1, on Friday night at the Freitas Ice Forum in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 10-12-3 overall (8-7-3 Atlantic Hockey), while the Huskies improve to 11-12-2 overall (10-8-1 Atlantic Hockey). These two teams will conclude their three-game regular season series on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass., at 7:00 p.m. The Huskies are 2-0-0 so far this season versus the Crusaders with a 4-2 win also in Storrs on Oct. 27.

The first period went scoreless. Sophomore goaltender Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) made 11 saves, while Garrett Bartus posted nine saves for the Huskies.

At 2:21 of the second period, the Huskies scored the first goal of the contest when Ryan Tyson fired a shot to the left side of the net for his second goal of the season. UConn increased its lead to 2-0 at 17:38 when Jacob Poe sent a loose puck from in front of the goal to the back of the net for his second goal of the season. The Crusaders went 0-5 on the power play, while the Huskies went 0-1. Holy Cross outshot UConn, 18-8.    

At 8:27 of the third period, the Crusaders cut the deficit to one goal at 2-1 when senior defenseman Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) found the back of the net on a slap shot. The goal was his career-best fourth of the season. Sophomore Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) and junior forward Kyle Fletcher (Kanata, Ontario) posted assists. But at 10:56, the Huskies made it a 3-1 contest with a goal by Jordan Sims as he knocked in a loose puck. The goal was his seventh of the season. The Crusaders went with an empty-net late in the game but were unable to score for the 3-1 final.

Kump tallied 23 saves and is now 1-2-2 this season, while Bartus posted 33 saves to improve 11-12-2. Both teams went 0-5 on the power play. Holy Cross outshot UConn, 34-26.