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UConn Hosts Robert Morris Thursday and Friday in AHA Action

Junior Trevor Gerling

Jan. 8, 2014

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The UConn Huskies will close out an eight-game homestand hosting the Robert Morris Colonials in a pair of Atlantic Hockey games.  UConn is coming off a two-game sweep over RIT last weekend and is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games having won three-straight.  The Huskies are all alone in third place in the AHA standings with 15 points.  Robert Morris will close out a four-game swing through the state of Connecticut and comes in off a pair of wins at Sacred Heart.  The Colonials are in eighth place in the standings with 10 points on the year. 

UConn vs. Robert Morris All-Time Series...  The Colonials lead the all-time series, 5-3-0.  UConn and Robert Morris split their two meetings in Moon Township, Pa. during the regular season but the Huskies knocked the Colonials from the Atlantic Hockey playoffs sweeping their quarterfinal series at home.  The Huskies posted 4-1 and 4-3 wins at home in Freitas Ice Forum to advance to the semifinals of the AHA playoffs in Rochester.  UConn is 2-2-0 at home and 1-3-0 on the road all-time against Robert Morris.

On Tap...  The Huskies hit the road for the first time since a late November trip to Canisius as they head to AHA leader Mercyhurst for a pair of games next weekend.

Quick Hits...

  • UConn is 4-1-1 this season against the AHA's western teams (Air Force, Canisius, Mercyhurst, Niagara, RIT, Robert Morris).  After two games with RMU this week, the Huskies have trips to Mercyhurst and Air Force left on the schedule.  UConn was 7-8-0 against the six western schools last season.
  • On the season, UConn is 7-1-1 when playing in the friendly confines of the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on the Storrs campus.
  • Seniors Brant Harris and Jordan Sims are rocketing their way toward the 100-point mark for their careers.  Harris has 96 points (47g/49a) in 122 career games while Sims has 93 career points (32g/61a) in 127 games played.
  • Freshmen Brett Skibba and Ryan Segalla each scored their first collegiate goals in the 6-2 win over RIT last Saturday.
  • Junior Trevor Gerling scored in both wins for the Huskies and shares the team lead with Shawn Pauly, each with six goals on the season.
  • The Husky penalty kill continues to blank opponents as they kept RIT scoreless in six chances over the two games.  The Huskies have not allowed a power play goal since a 2-2 tie at Canisius on November 30th and have now killed off 24-straight penalties.  The UConn penalty kill (46-54/.852) has moved up to 13th in the national rankings.
  • The Huskies have allowed just 8 power play goals on the season, tied with Quinnipiac and Harvard for fewest in the country.
Last Time Out...  The Huskies swept a home Atlantic Hockey series with RIT last weekend, 2-1 and 6-2.  UConn got goals from junior Trevor Gerling and sophomore Shawn Pauly in Friday night's 2-1 opening win over the Tigers.  The Huskies were outshot 33-21 on the night but senior Matt Grogan came up with 32 saves in goal to lead a strong defensive effort.  In Saturday's finale, the UConn offense exploded for six goals, their highest output since an 8-1 win at AIC on November 23rd.  Senior Brant Harris led the way matching his career-high with four points in the win including the first Husky hat-trick in two seasons.  Harris scored in each period and twice on the power play to help the Huskies build a 5-0 lead in the third period.  Gerling notched his second of the weekend while freshmen Ryan Segalla and Brett Skibba both recorded their first collegiate goals in the win.  The UConn power play finished 2-for-5 while the Huskies killed off all five RIT power play opportunities.  Grogan notched his second win of the weekend making 26 saves.

Scouting the Colonials...  Robert Morris earned its first series sweep on the road since the 2011-12 season when the Colonials picked up a pair of 2-1 victories over Sacred Heart this past weekend. Entering the weekend with the worst penalty-kill in the nation, RMU killed off all ten opportunities that Sacred Heart had on the man advantage.  The Colonials also ended a winless 0-6-1 streak on the road this season with their two wins over SHU.  Sophomore Zac Lynch and junior Cody Wydo are the team's top-scorers, ranking 9th and 10th in the AHA, respectively.  Lynch has 20 points on the season with a team-best 11 assists.  Wydo has 18 points and is tied with Mercyhurst's Matthew Zay for second in the AHA with 12 goals on the year.  The Colonials as a team are second in the league averaging 13.7 penalty minutes per game.
Last Meeting with Robert Morris...  UConn knocked Robert Morris out of the 2013 Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs, sweeping two games in the best 2-out-of-3 quarterfinal series.  In game one, Robert Morris jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Cody Wydo goal at the 11:00 mark of the first period but saw that lead erased by four unanswered Husky goals.  Brant Harris got the run started with a power play goal at 13:16 in the first and Joey Ferriss and Shawn Pauly tacked on goals in the second.  Evan Carriere added an empty net goal while Matt Grogan needed to make 19 saves to keep the Colonials off the scoreboard after Wydo's early goal.  In game two, the Huskies trailed 1-0 after the first period but scored three-straight to open the second to take a lead they would not relinquish.  Cody Sharib scored just 1:36 into the period and Pauly and Ferriss went back-to-back just 16 seconds apart for a 3-0 lead at 12:43.  RMU pulled within a goal on a power play score by Andrew Blazek at 14:48 of the second.  Trevor Gerling tacked on an insurance goal early in the third and UConn withstood a late extra-attacker goal and rally from the Colonials to advance to the AHA semifinals for the second time in three seasons with a 4-3 win.  Grogan turned in another 19 saves between the pipes for the win. 
The Last Meeting
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March 16, 2013
Storrs, Conn.
UConn Advances to Atlantic Hockey Championship Weekend
The University of Connecticut men's ice hockey team advanced to the Atlantic Hockey semifinals for the second time in three seasons with a 4-3 win over Robert Morris at the Freitas Ice Forum, Saturday night. The win propelled the Huskies to 19-13-4 on the year, while the Colonials finish at 20-14-4.