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Huskies Head West to Face Air Force

Junior Tyler Cooke

Jan. 29, 2014

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The University of Connecticut makes their longest road trip of the season when they head to Colorado to take on the Air Force Falcons in an Atlantic Hockey Association series.  The Huskies are coming off an AHA series sweep of AIC last weekend and have moved into third place in the league standings with 23 points.  The Falcons were swept last weekend at Robert Morris and are just two points behind UConn in fourth place.  This will be the last AHA series of the season against the league's western teams (Air Force, Canisius, Mercyhurst, Niagara, RIT, Robert Morris).

UConn vs. Air Force All-Time Series...  The Air Force Falcons lead the all-time series, 20-6-4.  The Huskies have won just twice all-time on the road in Colorado, during the 2007-08 season and in the AHA Quarterfinals in 2011-12.  The Huskies swept both meetings at home last season, winning 2-1 in Storrs and 3-2 in overtime in a game played at the XL Center in downtown Hartford.  The two teams have met just once in the AHA postseason with the Falcons eliminating the Huskies in a three-game series, 2-1, in 2012.

On Tap...  The Huskies will play a home-and-home series with Bentley next weekend.  UConn will host the Falcons on Friday, February 7th and head to Bentley on Saturday, February 8th.

Quick Hits...

  • Junior Jacob Poe jumped to tied for 9th among AHA defensemen in scoring thanks to his 3 pt (2g/1a) weekend vs. AIC.  Poe has 11 pts (3g/8a) on the year.
  • Poe did not have a goal last season, but scored three as a freshman in 2011-12.
  • The UConn power play (.218) ranks 3rd in the AHA and 11th in the nation.
  • The Husky penalty kill (.829) ranks 2nd in the AHA and 21st in the nation.
  • The Huskies have given opponents 76 power plays opportunities this season, 5th fewest in the country.  On the flip side, UConn has had 87 power plays, 49th in the nation.
  • Freshman Brent Norris has 4 points in his last 4 games (3g/1a).  Junior Shawn Pauly has 4 points in his last 3 games (1g/3a).
  • Senior Jordan Sims is closing in on the 100-point plateau, entering the Air Force series with 97 career points (35g/62a) in 133 games.  Senior Billy Latta has 89 career points (37g/52a) in 130 career games.
  • Sims has scored a goal in each of the last three games and leads the team in scoring with 18 pts (6g/12a).
  • Senior Brant Harris is six points away (49g-52a-101p) from tying Cole Koidahl (`03-'07) for the all-time Division I scoring mark (Koidahl 41g-66a-107p).
  • Freshman Robby Nichols made a season-high 34 saves in last Friday's 3-2 win at AIC.
  • 21 of the 27 Huskies to suit up this season have recorded at least a point with 17 scoring at least one goal on the year.

Last Time Out...  The Huskies completed the season sweep over AIC with a pair of wins in a home-and-home last weekend.  UConn went to West Springfield on Friday night and came away with a 3-2 win over the Yellow Jackets and returned home on Saturday night to finish the weekend sweep with a 2-1 victory.  On Friday, freshman Robby Nichols got the start in goal and turned 34 saves to earn the victory.  After trailing 1-0, power play goals by Jordan Sims and Jacob Poe and a goal by Brent Norris capped a three-goal rally to fuel the UConn offense.  Both Poe and Norris also picked up assists on the night while the Huskies got off a season-high 41 shots in the win.  On Saturday, the Huskies fell behind 1-0 again in the opening period but Sims and Poe once again delivered.  The duo scored their second goals of the weekend just 43 seconds apart to take a 2-1 lead.  Senior Matt Grogan was back in goal on Saturday and turned away 20 shots to help fuel a strong defensive effort by the Huskies. 

Scouting the Falcons...  The Air Force Falcons return home to the Cadet Ice Arena after seeing their five-game winning streak ended with a pair of losses at Robert Morris last weekend, 3-1 and 5-3.  The Falcons are 7-1-2 at home this season and haven't lost at home since dropping a 4-2 decision to Bentley on November 29th.  Air Force comes in as the third highest scoring team in Atlantic Hockey thanks to a pair of top-10 scorers in juniors Chad Demers and Cole Gunner.  Demers has 30 points on the season (11g/19a), tied for fifth in the league rankings.  Gunner is right there with him at 29 points (11g/18a), tied for seventh.  Senior Tony Thomas leads the AHA and is fourth in the nation with four game winning goals on the year.  Junior defenseman Alex Halloran ranks sixth among the league's defensemen in scoring with three goals and 12 assists this season.  In net, the Falcons have one of the top goaltenders in the league in senior Jason Torf who ranks fifth in goals against average (2.59) and save percentage (.914).  He has nine wins in net this year.

The Last Meeting
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November 24, 2012
XL Center, Hartford, Conn.
Ambrosie Notches Game Winner In 3-2 Victory Over Air Force In OT
Senior captain Sean Ambrosie notched the game-winning goal in overtime and the University of Connecticut men's hockey team earned a 3-2 victory over defending Atlantic Hockey Champions Air Force on Saturday at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

Last Meeting with Air Force...  The UConn Huskies swept the 2012-13 season series with Air Force with a pair of home wins, 2-1 and 3-2 in overtime.  In the series opener, goaltender Garrett Bartus made 35 saves for the Huskies while Jordan Sims scored the game-winner to lead UConn to a 2-1 win.  Alex Gerke gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead 2:13 into the first period, scoring on the power play.  Air Force's Kyle DeLaurell tied the game just over midway through the second, burying a one-timer.  Sims provided the game-winner at 13:41 beating Jason Torf.  The two teams traveled to downtown Hartford for game two at the XL Center, the future home of the Huskies in Hockey East.  Senior Sean Ambrosie scored the game-winner 35 seconds into overtime to give the Huskies a 3-2 win and first-ever AHA series sweep over Air Force.  Ryan Timar and Eric Artman gave the Falcons a 2-1 lead heading into the third period but UConn's Cody Sharib tied the game 3:04 into the third to set up Ambrosie's overtime heroics.  Bartus finished with 22 saves while Air Force's Torf stopped 26 shots, including 15 in the third period.