Kentucky hockey matched up with Louisville for the second UK, UofL event of the day. Unfortunately, the second Cats and Cards game of the day was won by Louisville.
“Going into the game our coaches told us that it’s gonna come down to who wants it more and midway through the third period you could tell that we really didn’t want it that much anymore,” club president Burke Ruel summed up the loss.
The Wildcats scored just over three minutes into the game. Dan Quartapella netted the first UK goal off an assist from Drew Carlson.
Louisville scored a goal of their own with 7:21 showing on the clock. The Cats answered quickly, scoring two goals within 15 seconds of each other. The first goal was scored by Eric Molitor off an assist from Quartapella. The second came off a wrist shot by Brett Quinn. Gabe D’Amico and Gary Eastlack recorded assists on the play.
The second period was all Louisville. The Cards recorded two unanswered goals in the period to take the lead 4-3.
Kentucky rallied early in the third period. Tim Burke tied the game at four less than 30 seconds in off assists from Eastlack and D’Amico. Louisville responded with three goals in the next four minutes.
Kentucky would score one more time as D’Amico deflected Burke’s shot, but it was too little, too late.
The Cats will have another go at the Cards tomorrow night in Louisville.
“We’re definitely gonna come back with more passion, desire,” Ruel said. “We weren’t representing the logo very well. I feel like we let BBN down today, we had a huge crowd. But we’re gonna come back with some vengeance tomorrow on their turf.”