WORCESTER, Mass. – The Huskies netted a goal per period as the Holy Cross men's hockey team fell scoreless to Connecticut, 3-0, on Saturday evening at the Hart Center in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 10-13-3 overall (8-8-3 Atlantic Hockey), while the Huskies improve to 12-12-2 overall (11-8-1 Atlantic Hockey). The Huskies won the three-game regular season series, 3-0-0, as they defeated the Crusaders, 4-2 on Oct. 27, and by a 3-1 score on Jan. 27.
The Huskies' first goal came late in the first period at 16:03 when Connecticut's Sean Ambrosie netted the first and only goal of the period. Ambrosie hit a loose puck to take advantage of the power play after Alex Gerke attempted the net off a pass from behind the goal from Brant Harris. The Huskies scored again in the second period at 6:10 when a charging Miles Winter hit the back of the net assisted by Ryan Tyson and Gerke. After two periods of action the Crusaders outshot the Huskies 23-16.
The Crusader defense held off the Huskies until late in the third period. An early Connecticut breakaway attempt at goal off a loose puck was chased down and blocked by senior Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario). Throughout the third period the Crusaders kept the Huskies from capitalizing on both power play opportunities, but with just 20 seconds left to play UConn's Cole Schneider scored the third and final goal of the game on an empty net.
Sophomore goaltender Derek Kump (Falmouth, Maine) made 20 saves and is now 1-3-2 for the season. Connecticut goaltender Garrett Bartus had 31 saves and improved his record in net to 12-12-2. The Crusaders went 0-8 on the power play, while Connecticut was 1-4. Holy Cross outshot Connecticut 31-23.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4, when they play a home-and-home series with Atlantic Hockey opponent AIC. Friday's game is at the Hart Center at 7:00 p.m., while Saturday's game is at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield, Mass., at 3:00 p.m. The Crusaders defeated the Yellow Jackets by a 2-1 score earlier this season on Oct. 15.