March 1, 2008
STORRS, Conn. - The Holy Cross men's hockey team fell to Connecticut, 4-2, on Saturday night at the Mark E. Freitas Ice Forum in Atlantic Hockey action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 10-17-7 overall (9-15-4 AHA), while the Huskies improve to 12-19-3 overall (11-14-3 AHA). UConn won the weekend series 2-0 and the season series 2-1-1. The Crusaders will return to action when they compete in a best two out of three series on the road against RIT in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey Tournament on March 7-9.
The Huskies took a 1-0 lead at the 11:18 mark of the first period when Chris Ochoa scored his eighth goal of the season. With just three seconds remaining in the period, Charles Solberg netted a shorthanded goal to give UConn a 2-0 advantage. The goal was his second of the year. For the period, the Huskies outshot the Crusaders by an 8-6 margin, while UConn went 0-1 on the power play.
At 4:15 into the second period, the Crusaders made it a 2-1 game when sophomore forward Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, Alberta) scored a power play goal for his 12th goal of the season. Sheahan received a pass from freshman Mark Znutas (Emerson, N.J.) and then buried the puck into the left side of the net. Senior Matt Burke (Milton, Mass.) was also credited with an assist. At 6:28, Holy Cross tied the game at 2-2 with a power play goal by freshman forward Everett Sheen (Lethbridge, Alberta) from an assist by Burke. The goal was Sheen's team-leading 15th of the year. UConn answered back at the 11:32 mark to take a 3-2 lead when Ochoa scored his second goal of the game and ninth of the season. Holy Cross outshot UConn, 11-6, while the Crusaders went 2-3 on the man-advantage and the Huskies went 0-1.
With 1:01 left in the third period, Andrew Olson scored an empty-net goal for the 4-2 final score. The goal was his 13th of the year.
Holy Cross freshman goalie Adam Roy (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made 14 saves, while Beau Erickson stopped 25 shots for UConn. The Crusaders outshot the Huskies by a 27-18 margin, while Holy Cross went 2-5 on the power play and UConn went 0-3.