Feb. 1, 2013
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Sophomore Trevor Gerling notched the game-winning goal and an assist as the UConn men's hockey team defeated RIT in Rochester, N.Y., 3-1, on Friday night. Senior Matt Grogan stopped 34 shots in the victory.
UConn and RIT entered the weekend tied for eighth in the AHA standings with 16 points. The Huskies improved to 11-11-3 (8-8-2 AHA). RIT dropped to 8-12-5 (6-8-4 AHA). UConn outshot the Tigers, 36-35.
The two teams will finish the season series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in Rochester. The game can be heard at WHUS.org with live video linked to UConnhuskies.com.
Grogan has been sensational since the start of January with a 5-1-1 record based on a .941 save percentage and a 1.98 goals against average. During that time, UConn stands at 6-3-1, including 4-2-1 in AHA action.
Connecticut took a 3-0 lead into the third period with goals from Tyler Cooke, Trevor Gerling and Evan Carriere. RIT added a goal 13:38 into the third period but Grogan and the Huskies shut the door for two points on the road.
Tyler Cooke's first collegiate goal at 19:24 of the first period gave Connecticut a 1-0 advantage. He was assisted by Brant Harris and Jordan Sims.
Gerling made it 2-0 on the power play at 8:41 in the second period with his team-leading eighth tally of the season. UConn's power-play unit scored for the third straight game and the 10th time in the last 10 games. Since the start of January, UConn sits at 23 percent on the man advantage.
UConn outshot RIT, 24-21, in the opening two periods. RIT pressed in the third and finished with a 14-12 edge in shots in the final 20 minutes.
The Huskies struck first in the third to go ahead 3-0 at 9:01 with Carriere's third goal of the season. Shawn Pauly and Gerling assisted on the insurance tally.
RIT got one back at 13:38 when Adam Hartley scored on the power play but it wasn't enough as the Huskies skated away with the victory and the two points in the AHA standings.