The University of Connecticut men's hockey program will start the home stretch of regular season play on Friday when the Huskies host Atlantic Hockey Association rival AIC at 7:05 p.m. at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
UConn has 12 regular season games remaining with all 12 contests against teams from the AHA. UConn has just four regular season home games remaining. The two teams face off again on Saturday in West Springfield, Mass.
Both games this weekend against AIC can be heard at WHUS.org with live stats and live video linked to UConnhuskies.com. Tickets are still available for Friday's game at UConnhuskies.com or at the Freitas Ice Forum an hour before the contest. For added ticket information, please call 1-877-AT-UCONN.
UConn is undefeated against AIC in the past 13 games (11-0-2) dating back to the 2007-08 campaign.
Connecticut (9-11-2, 6-8-1 AHA) fell to No. 2 Quinnipiac, 2-1, on Tuesday night in Hamden in the final nonconference game of the season. The Huskies finished the nonconference schedule at 3-3-1, the top mark in UConn DI history dating back to 1998-99. In nonconference play, UConn swept Penn State, won at Merrimack and tied then-No. 8 Union in Storrs.
The Huskies currently sit in ninth in the AHA standings with 13 points, but are just four points behind a current three-way tie for fourth with Air Force, Bentley and Army. UConn swept Air Force, lost to Bentley and tied Army. UConn has two games remaining against both Bentley and Army. Army has played two additional games than the Huskies at this point of the season.
UConn defeated AIC, 7-2, in the opening game of the 20th Annual UConn Hockey Classic on December 29 in Storrs. In that contest, 13 skaters registered a point and senior goaltender Matt Grogan started his first game of the season. Grogan has posted a 4-2-1 record, including a 2.17 goals against average and a .936 save percentage. Grogan was sensational in Hamden on Tuesday night, stopping a career-high 48 shots to keep UConn within striking distance.
AIC (2-10-3, 5-13-3) sits in 10th in the AHA standings with just seven points after 15 games. The Yellow Jackets are led by senior goaltender Ben Meisner. Meisner owns a 4-11-3 record based on a 3.69 goals against average and a. 909 save percentage.