STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's hockey team will travel to Rochester, N.Y. for two games at RIT on Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2. Both games begin at 7:05 p.m. with live video and audio linked to UConnhuskies.com.
Connecticut sits at 10-11-3 overall and 7-8-2 in the Atlantic Hockey Association. UConn's 16 points are tied for eighth with RIT (8-11-5, 6-7-4 AHA) heading into the weekend. The top four teams in the AHA standings get a bye in the first round. Teams five through eight will host the first round.
RIT is notoriously one of the hardest places to get a victory in the AHA. UConn stands at 5-13-1 against RIT since the Engineers joined the AHA in 2006-07, but just 1-10-0 in Rochester. UConn has lost in the AHA playoffs twice at RIT, most recently in the 2011 AHA Semifinals. That game was played at Blue Cross Arena, technically a neutral location, but in Rochester, N.Y.
The Huskies most recently finished a three-point weekend against AIC, winning on Friday in Storrs, 3-1. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie in West Springfield, Mass., on Saturday night.
Connecticut will be looking for a complete weekend after winning the opening game but losing/tying the second of the weekend in four of the last five weeks.
UConn's senior captain Sean Ambrosie continues to lead all skaters with 20 points and 14 assists. The Huskies have had solid scoring depth throughout the year as three players tie for the team lead with seven goals. Junior Brant Harris joins sophomores Trevor Gerling and Cody Sharib atop the scoring chart.
In goal, senior Matt Grogan started all three games last week including a 2-1 defeat at No. 2 Quinnipiac on Tuesday, January 22. Grogan has been sensational in the month of January, tallying a 2.14 goals against average and an impressive .937 save percentage in leading UConn to a 4-1-1 record in games that he started. Grogan recorded 30 or more saves in four of six games, including a career-high 48 at Quinnipiac.
RIT has 10 players in double digits, led by Chris Saracino's 22 points on five goals and 17 assists. Three skaters for RIT have registered 10 goals on the season already. In goal, RIT has utilized Josh Watson with a 7-6-4 record based on a 3.05 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.