The UConn men’s hockey team fell in their first game at the Friendship Four Tournament in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 3-2 to the BU Terriers.
The Huskies opened the scoring with a power play goal from Karl El-Mir, his seventh of the season. Alexander Payusov sent a shot on net that bounced out, but El-Mir was there to send home the rebound and put UConn up 1-0.
However, they quickly lost all momentum after getting whistled for a pair of penalties, giving BU nearly four straight minutes on the power play. Aided by some big saves from goaltender Adam Huska, the Huskies killed the first penalty but couldn’t outlast the second as the Terriers tied the game.
UConn re-took the lead in the last seconds of the first period after Jachym Kondelik gathered a rebound in front of the net and calmly put it by the goaltender for his first career goal to go along with his team-leading 11 assists.
But that would be all the scoring from the Huskies. In the final two periods, UConn held an edge on BU on face-offs (25-11), shots (29-20) and power plays (2-0) but the Terriers had the advantage on the scoreboard. BU tied the game midway through the second period off a wrap-around that bounced off Huska and found the stick of Logan Cockerill, who put it in the net.
BU took the lead after UConn failed to clear a puck from in front of the net. Ty Amonte found the puck put a shot over Huska and into the back of the net.
Despite a 5-of-3 for over a minute and a 16-7 advantage in shots, the Huskies could not find the elusive third goal and ultimately fell to the Terriers.
With the loss, UConn falls to 5-7-1 overall and 2-6-1 in Hockey East play. It is the Huskies’ fifth loss in their last six games. They will look to salvage a win in the consolation game of the Friendship Four against Yale at 10 a.m. Saturday morning on NESN.