Feb. 1, 2014
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. – The University of Connecticut got a third period goal from junior Ryan Tyson (Harleysville, Pa.) but couldn’t find much more offense as the Air Force Falcons came away with a 3-1 win in an Atlantic Hockey match-up in Cadet Ice Arena Saturday night. The Huskies and Falcons spilt the two-game AHA series and the four points on the weekend. UConn is now 13-8-4 overall and 11-5-3 in the league.
The Falcons improved to 15-9-4 overall and 10-6-3 in the AHA. Freshman goaltender Chris Truehl rebounded from getting pulled last night to post 21 saves Saturday night to earn the win. UConn senior goaltender Matt Grogan (Glibert, Ariz.) made 26 saves in net in the loss.
UConn was out shot on the night 29-21 and finished 0-for-4 on the power play. The Falcons were 0-for-4 as well on the night until a late power play score answered the Tyson goal, putting the game away.
The Falcons jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period thanks to goals by freshman Johnny Hrabovsky and junior Scott Holm. Sophomore Max Hartner threw a shot on net and Grogan made the initial stop but couldn’t cover up the puck. With Air Force crashing the net for the rebound, the loose puck slipped out to Hrabovsky who blasted a shot through traffic for his second of the year and a 1-0 lead at 7:12.
As the period was winding down, the Falcons tacked on another at 18:34. Air Force junior Cole Gunner let loose a slap shot from the point that was deflected toward the left circle, leaving a loose puck. Holm collected and flipped a shot into an open net at the left post to lead 2-0.
Air Force kept the offensive pressure on in the second period, outshooting the Huskies 13-4 in the period but came up empty on the scoreboard. The Huskies got a solid look at a scoring chance when senior Billy Latta (West Chester, Pa.) hit the post on an odd man rush 6:30 into the period. UConn got their second power play of the night late in the period when Air Force’s Mitch Torrell was called for a five-minute major, checking from behind, and 10-minute misconduct at 18:29.
UConn couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity as the Falcons limited the Huskies to just one quality scoring chance. Senior Brant Harris (Estevan, Saskatchewan) found classmate Jordan Sims (Toronto, Ontario) sitting alone in front of the net, but his point-blank shot was gloved by Truehl.
The Huskies finally found the back of the net at 14:06 as Tyson converted for his third goal of the season. Tyson won the draw back to freshman Ryan Segalla (Boston, Mass.) on the blue line, who slid the puck to fellow defensemen Jacob Poe (Arlington, Texas). Poe let one go from the blue line and Tyson was able to get his stick on it, deflecting past Truehl to cut the lead to 2-1.
Following the goal, Sims was called for holding at 14:45 giving the Falcons a chance to push the lead back to two and they did just that. Dan Weissenhofer ripped a shot wide from the left circle while Gunner collected the puck off the boards in the right circle. Gunner quickly snapped a shot past Grogan to the short side post at 15:35 for a 3-1 lead.
UConn pulled Grogan with 2:07 left and then got a power play chance at 18:15 when Weissenhofer was called for interference. The Falcons held the Huskies at bay, surrendering just a wide shot in the closing minute.
The Huskies are next in action next weekend when they take on Bentley in a home-and-home AHA series. UConn will welcome the Falcons to the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Friday night, February 7th and head to Bentley on Saturday, February 8th. Opening face-off both nights is scheduled for 7:05 pm.