Just when you thought you had seen everything in hockey, a game is played that makes your jaw drop. Game two of the 2016 Desert Hockey Classic was simply unbelievable with the Brown University Bears outlasting the Arizona State Sun Devils 9-8 in double overtime Friday night in Prescott Valley, AZ. While the game officially goes in the books as a tie, the teams played a five minute 3 on 3 overtime to determine the team which would advance to the tournament's championship game.
This game featured nearly every scenario possible in a hockey game, leaving fans on the edge of their seats, coaches searching for answers on how to stop the opponent and players completely exhausted at games end. A total of 17 goals scored with several outstanding individual performances including a four goal game from Brown's junior forward Charlie Corcoran.
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The 2016 Desert Hockey Classic began with a barn burner as the battle of the Huskies went to the University Of Connecticut with a 4-3 victory over St. Cloud State University in the beautiful Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott Valley, AZ Friday night.
Game Three: UCONN 4 vs. Brown 1
St. Cloud State University entered the 2016 Desert Hockey Classic minus their head coach and top defenseman to the World Junior Championships and after losing a close game to eventual tournament champion UCONN Friday night the Huskies were looking to hang on to their #18 college hockey ranking. Getting off to a fast start would be the key to stopping the first year hosts from Arizona State University in Saturday night's consolation game and they did just that and then held off a furious third period from the Sun Devils to claim a 4-2 victory.
The Huskies built a commanding 3-0 lead through the first two periods, before the Sun Devils came to life scoring twice within two minutes in the middle of the third period to close the gap to 3-2 with half a period to play. Despite closing the third period with a 1:39 second power play, it was the Huskies that netted the only goal of the power play, a shorthanded goal to make the final score 4-2.
St. Cloud State's Robbie Jackson opened the scoring at 18:19 of the opening period, the first of his three goals on the night. Jack Poehling netted the Huskies second goal at 5:24 of the second period before Jackson netted his second of the game at 16:41 of the period the send the Huskies into the third period with solid 3-0 lead.
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – What do you do when you lose two of your top players to the World Junior Championships? You simply get great goaltending and timely scoring and a 2016 Desert Hockey Classic Championship! That is exactly the route the University of Connecticut Huskies took to claim the title at Prescott Valley Event Center over the New Year Holiday. The Huskies completed the two game tournament with an opening game 4-3 victory over St. Cloud State University on Friday and the title with an impressive 4-1 victory over Brown University on Saturday.
The championship was the first of any kind in thirteen years for the Huskies and first in the four years of head coach Mike Cavanaugh at UCONN.
Friday, December 30, 2016 4:00 pm
Game One: UCONN 4 St.Cloud State 3
Saturday, December 31, 2016 4:00 pm
Game Four: St. Cloud State 4 vs. ASU 2
Game Two: Brown 9 vs. ASU 8 (2OT)
Saturday, December 31, 2016 7:00 pm
Friday, December 30, 2016 7:00 pm
It had been one of the goals University of Connecticut head coach Mike Cavanaugh had listed when he took over the Huskies program four years ago, winning trophies along with graduating players and turning his players into good men. The dominating 4-1 victory over Brown accomplished one of those goals, by taking the 2016 Desert Hockey Classic championship back home with them.