|1st||9:25||RIT||1-0||EV||Erik Brown (9)||Abbott Girduckis/10, Adam Brubacher/5|
|1st||13:37||CON||1-1||PP||Philip Nyberg (2)||Joseph Masonius/4, Jesse Schwartz/1|
|1st||16:42||CON||2-1||PP GW||Jesse Schwartz (5)||Maxim Letunov/9, Evan Wisocky/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Christian Short (L, 0-2-0)||58:44||2||9||9||14||32|
|Adam Huska (W, 5-9-2)||60:00||1||2||10||9||21|
HARTFORD, Conn. - UConn got power play goals from senior Jesse Schwartz (Toronto, Ontario) and sophomore Philip Nyberg (Linkoping, Sweden) and used a strong defensive effort in front of sophomore goaltender Adam Huska (Zvolen, Slovakia) to post a 2-1 win over RIT Saturday afternoon at the XL Center.
The Huskies pick-up their second-straight win and improve to 5-10-2 overall. RIT falls to 6-5-1.
The UConn defense allowed just 22 shots on goal in front of Huska and kept RIT off the board in the second and third periods. The Tigers went to the penalty box nine times on the afternoon, six in the first period. UConn responded scoring twice with the extra skater.
The Tigers took the early 1-0 lead on a goal by Erik Brown at 9:25. UConn answered with two in the opening frame as Nyberg tied it at 13:37 and Schwartz provided the game-winner at 16:42.
RIT goaltender Christian Short stopped 32 shots in taking the loss. The Tigers were 0-for-4 on the power play.
A penalty filled first period saw the Huskies put two power play goals on the board and carry a 2-1 lead into the locker room. UConn finished the first with an 11-3 edge on shots and was 2-for-5 on the power play.
RIT scored the game's first goal as Brown scored his ninth of the season at 9:25. Junior Abbott Girduckis carried the puck behind the net and riffled a feed across the crease to a waiting Brown at the right post who buried it on an open net for a 1-0 lead.
UConn tallied their first power play score at 13:37 as Nyberg scored for the second-straight game to tie the score at 1-1. The sophomore d-man took a feed from Joseph Masonius (Spring Lake, N.J.) at snapped a shot from the right circle through a screen to beat Short for his second of the season.
The Huskies made it 2-1 at 16:42 as Schwartz also found the back of the net for the second-consecutive game. Junior Maxim Letunov (Moscow, Russia) drove to the right post and sent a pretty pass to Schwartz through traffic on the left wing who finished on the open net for his fifth on the season.
Both teams went scoreless in the second with RIT holding a 10-9 shot edge. The Huskies were 0-for-3 on the power play in the second period, RIT was 0-for-2.
The Huskies outshot RIT in the third 14-9 but couldn't get an insurance goal past Short. The Tigers pulled the goaltender with just over a minute to play and put plenty of pressure on the Huskies but Huska stood tall and preserved the win.
The Huskies are now 3-5-2 against their old conference, Atlantic Hockey, since joining Hockey East in 2014-15. After the loss, RIT leads the all-time series, 19-11-2.
Freshman Evan Wisocky (Hoboken, N.J.) scored his first collegiate point, picking up an assist on the Schwartz goal. Wisocky is the 23rd Husky to register a point this season. Every UConn skater that has dressed this season along with goaltender Huska have had at least a point.
The UConn defense has allowed just one goal in three-straight (2-1-0) and four of the last five (2-1-1). The Huskies are now 1-4-0 in one goal games this year.