|1st||11:05||SAC||1-0||EV||Austin McIlmurray (2)||Josh Allan/1, Zach Tsekos/1|
|1st||17:52||SAC||2-0||EV GW||Matt Tugnutt (1)||Ruslan Rakhmatov/2, Mike Crocock/1|
|2nd||8:11||SAC||3-0||EV||Alex Bates (1)||Marcus Joseph/1, Hunter Fargey/1|
|2nd||16:17||CON||1-3||EV||Adam Karashik (1)||Alexander Payusov/1, Derek Pratt/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Sacred Heart (1-2-0)||0/2||5/10||0|
|Adam Huska (L, 2-2-0)||57:18||3||6||8||5||19|
|Sacred Heart Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Brett Magnus (W, 1-1-0)||60:00||1||14||14||16||44|
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Sacred Heart goaltender Brett Magnus stopped 44 shots to backstop the Pioneers to a 3-1 victory over UConn Saturday night from the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The Huskies held a 45-22 shot advantage but came up empty on four power play chances in taking the loss.
The Huskies lone goal came off the stick of freshman Adam Karashik (Ridgefield, Conn.), his first collegiate tally. UConn fell behind 3-0 just past the mid-point of the second period before Karashik put the Huskies on the board.
The Pioneers got first period goals from sophomore Austin MIlmurray and freshman Matt Tugnutt, his first collegiate goal. They made it 3-0 in the second on rookie Alex Bates first career goal. Magnus was masterful in net, and after the Karashik goal kept the Huskies in check including 16 stops in the third period. UConn's Adam Huska (Zvolen, Slovakia) made 19 saves in the loss.
UConn evens its record at 2-2-0 with the loss and returns to Hockey East play next weekend with a home-and-home series against No. 2 nationally ranked Boston University.
For the second-straight night, the Huskies found themselves in an early hole. Despite holding a 14-8 edge on shots, it was SHU who put two on the board in the first period.
SHU's McIlmurray gave his team a 1-0 lead at 11:05, finding the puck in the slot off a blocked shot and ripping a shot past Huska before hitting the ice. The Pioneers made it 2-0 coming right off killing a UConn power play. Flying down the right wing on a two-on-one, Tugnutt snapped a wrister past Huska on the glove side for his first career goal.
SHU took a 3-0 lead at 8:11 thanks to an odd-man rush. Marcus Joseph carried into the zone then left the puck for a trailing Bates who buried a wrister from the slot for his first collegiate goal.
The Huskies finally broke through at 16:17 as Karashik found the back of the net for the first time in his career. Taking a feed from Alexander Payusov (Montreal, Quebec) at the high point, Karashik fired through traffic and got a deflection off a SHU defender to beat Magnus, cutting the lead to 3-1.
UConn kept the offensive pressure on in the third period, outshooting SHU 16-5 over the final 20 minutes.
The Huskies got a power play chance late as Rusian Rakhmatov was called for interference at 15:29. The Huskies pulled Huska for the extra skater and drew another SHU penalty at 16:24, creating a 6-on-3 advantage. It would be short lived as SHU won the face-off in their end and drew a holding call on Johnny Austin (St. Louis Park, Minn.) just 10 seconds into the power play. SHU and Magnus kept the Huskies in check, killing the power play and ending the threat.
UConn has lost five-straight to Sacred Heart and six of the last seven dating back to 2013-14. UConn is 4-4-0 all-time when playing at Webster Bank Arena.
Senior Derek Pratt (Mount Hermon, Mass.) picked-up an assist on the Karashik goal, giving the captain a point in each of the last three games (1g/2a), the longest point streak of his career. Payusov notched his first assist of the season, and now has five points. He has had a point in each of the last three games.