Jan. 17, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's hockey program will host Mercyhurst on Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19 at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs. UConn has won three of the last four games and enters the weekend at 8-9-2 (5-7-1 AHA).
Tickets are still available at uconnhuskies.com or by calling 1-877-AT-UCONN. Fans can purchase tickets at Freitas Ice Forum an hour before the contest begins.
Connecticut recently split a weekend series at Robert Morris, earning a 3-2 victory Friday night before falling 4-3 on Saturday. The Huskies have won three of the last four and sit at 8-5-1 since Nov. 9. UConn sits in a tie for ninth in the AHA standings with 11 points but the Huskies are just six points behind the second place team, Army.
UConn is led offensively by the top of line of junior Jordan Sims flanked by senior Sean Ambrosie and junior Brant Harris. Ambrosie leads the Huskies with six goals 11 assists and 17 points and is currently on a six-game point streak (2-7-9). Sims ranks second on the team with 14 points on six goals and eight assists. Harris has notched five goals and five assists for 10 points. Harris (2-4-6) and Sims (3-4-7) are each on a four-game point streak.
Seniors Matt Grogan and Garrett Bartus have split the last four games in net. Grogan has gone 2-0 with a 2.50 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. Bartus has put together a .942 save percentage and a 2.53 goals against average to go with a 1-1 record.
Mercyhurst (10-8-1, 8-4-0) currently sits in a three-way tie for third place in the AHA standings with 16 points. The Lakers have seven players with double-digit points and own the nation's 17th best offense (3.05 G/G) and the fourth ranked power play (24.0%).
Mercyhurst is allowing nearly three goals per game (2.95 GA/G) and ranks 42nd in the NCAA in that category. The Lakers have split time in net throughout the season with senior Max Strang owning a 7-3-0 record based on a 3.05 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. Junior Jordan Tibbett stands at 3-5-0 with a 2.47 goals against average and a .934 save percentage.