Jan. 25, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s hockey team beat AIC 2-1 Saturday night to sweep the Atlantic Hockey Association weekend series with the Yellow Jackets and move into third place in the league standings. UConn takes all four points on the weekend and improves to 12-7-4 overall and 10-4-3 in the AHA.
Senior Jordan Sims (Toronto, Canada) and junior Jacob Poe (Arlington, Texas) scored both Husky goals on the night while senior Matt Grogan (Gilbert, Ariz.) made 20 stops in goal to earn the win. All three goals on the night came in the first period as the Husky defense took over holding AIC in check for their seventh win this season in one-goal games (7-1-0). The Huskies complete the season sweep over the Yellow Jackets, taking all three AHA meetings this season.
Just like in Friday night’s match-up, AIC (6-17-1, 5-11-1 AHA) struck first, grabbing a 1-0 lead at the 15:16 mark. Nick Campanale cleared the zone for AIC, getting the puck to Dan Clairmont along the right boards. Clairmont found Brandon Fagerheim at center ice and the junior ripped a wrist shot past Grogan, top-shelf and glove side for a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies responded at 18:19 as Sims scored for the second-consecutive night, notching his sixth of the season. Senior Brant Harris (Estevan, Saskatchewan) fed sophomore Kyle Huson (Parker, Colo.) at the point and Huson fired on goal. Sims crashed the net and picked up the rebound, putting it home at the right post to knot the game at 1-1. Sims ends the weekend inching closer to the 100-point mark for his career. The senior forward now has 97 career points on 35 goals and 62 assists.
Poe delivered the Husky game-winner just 43 seconds later, scoring his second goal in as many nights. Sophomore Shawn Pauly (Bellingham, Wash.) carried the puck into the zone and fed senior Billy Latta (West Chester, Pa.) along the left boards. Latta skated to mid ice and found Poe who joined the play from his spot on the blue line. Latta’s pass found Poe in the right circle and the junior defenseman finished it off with a drive short side for a 2-1 lead.
Grogan and the UConn defense made the one-goal lead stand up over the final two periods, killing off all four AIC power plays including three in the third period. AIC’s Jason Popek had the best chance to tie with 4:30 remain, using some nifty moves to clear some shooting space but clanked the left post.
UConn’s Harris was sent off at 16:18 for tripping and Grogan kept the Yellow Jackets off the board on the power play with a pair of point blank saves in front.
The Huskies held a 26-21 edge on shots in the win and were also 0-4 on the power play Saturday night.
Next up for the Huskies is a trip to the Air Force Academy next weekend, January 31st and February 1st. UConn is all alone in third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 23 points while the Falcons sit in fourth place with 21 points.