Trevor Gerling gave UConn a 1-0 lead in the first period.
March 22, 2013
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The University of Connecticut men's ice hockey team took an early lead, but ultimately fell to Mercyhurst, 4-1, in the Atlantic Hockey semifinals in front of 1,095 at Blue Cross Arena, Friday night. The Huskies end their season at 19-14-4, while the Lakers advance to face Canisius in Saturday's title game at 19-16-5.
UConn took the lead 7:36 into the game on a goal by sophomore Trevor Gerling (Seattle, Wash.), his 12th of the season. Sophomore Cody Sharib (Needham, Mass.) and freshman Shawn Pauly (Bellingham, Wash.) passed the puck up the left wing to Gerling, who fired a shot on net that barely trickled past the goaltender and across the goal line. The goal was reviewed by the referees, the first official review in AHA Championship history, and was upheld.
The MU penalty kills stymied a 5-on-3 opportunity for the Huskies late in the first as UConn was held to zero shots on net in 1:40 of a two-man advantage.
UConn senior goaltender Matt Grogan (Gilbert, Ariz.) stopped four shots on a brief two-man advantage for Mercyhurst and the ensuing power play. However, the Lakers soon tied the game midway through the second period when sophomore Zac Frischmon lit the lamp for the fourth time this season.
At the 15:59 mark, MU took the lead on a goal by senior Paul Chiasson, his 13th of the season. Junior defenseman Nick Jones ripped a shot from the right point that was tipped in the slot by Chiasson, eluding Grogan.
Mercyhurst added a power play goal at the 13:19 mark of the third. Junior Kyle Just ripped a slap shot from the left side, in front of the blue line, and it was deflected in the slot, past Grogan by sophomore Ryan Misiak, his 18th of the year. In the final two minutes of play, Chiasson posted an empty-netter.
Grogan made 29 saves for Connecticut, while Jordan Tibbett stopped 31 in the win for the Lakers.
For the Huskies, this season marked its first winning record since winning the 2000 MAAC Hockey Championship with a 19-16-1 season.