Jan. 12, 2013
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The UConn men's hockey team dropped a 4-3 result at Robert Morris on Saturday to fall to 8-9-2 (5-7-1 AHA). UConn split the weekend series with RMU after defeating the Colonials on Friday, 3-2.
Jordan Sims added two goals and an assist and Garrett Bartus finished with 39 saves in the losing effort.
With the game tied 3-3 in the third, Robert Morris forward David Friedman scored the deciding goal at 13:21. Robert Morris goaltender Eric Levine finished with 36 saves to earn the victory.
Connecticut had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but RMU rallied for a 3-2 lead before the game-winning goal by Friedman broke a 3-3 deadlock midway through the third period.
UConn opened the scoring at 8:41 with junior assistant captain Billy Latta finding the back of the net for the first time of the season. Latta finished on the power play with assists to Sean Ambrosie and Sims. The assist extended Ambrosie's point streak to six games.
Robert Morris evened at 11:02 before the Huskies took their second lead of the night at 13:36. Sims beat Levine for his fifth goal of the year with Brant Harris tallying his fifth assist of the season.
After one period, UConn held a 2-1 lead and an 18-8 edge in shots.
Robert Morris outshot the Huskies in the final 40 minutes by a 35-21 margin. The Colonials equalized at 2-2 on Cody Wydo's ninth of the year just 57 seconds into the second period and took a 3-2 lead on a short-handed goal by Adam Brace at 14:32.
Sims responded for UConn with a short-handed tally of his own at 19:10 of the second period to even at 3-3. The goal was the first short-handed tally of the year for UConn.
Connecticut was outshot in the third period 17-10 leading to the game-winning goal by Robert Morris' David Friedman. Friedman beat Bartus for his fifth tally of the year.
Connecticut had chances in the final minutes but shots by Tyler Cooke, Cody Sharib and Tom Janosz were all saved by Levine.
UConn pulled Bartus in the final 1:31 but failed to equalize, falling to 5-7-1 in the Atlantic Hockey standings.
The Huskies will host Mercyhurst at Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs for a two-game series on Friday and Saturday, January 18-19. Tickets are available at UConnhuskies.com. Both games will have live video and radio at uconnhuskies.com