Feb. 19, 2014
The UConn Huskies take on the Army Black Knights in a weekend home-and-home series as the battle for Atlantic Hockey Association playoff positioning heats up down the stretch of the regular season. The Huskies are coming off a split with Holy Cross last weekend and are tied with Air Force for third place in the standings with 29 points. UConn enters the final two weekends of the regular season chasing Mercyhurst in the top-spot 34 points and Bentley in second with 32 points. Robert Morris sits in fifth right on the Huskies and Falcons heels with 28 points. The Black Knights are looking to end a 13-game losing streak as they sit last in the standings with a 3-20-0 league mark.
UConn vs. Army All-Time Series... Army leads the all-time series, 28-25-8, dating back to the first meeting on February 24, 1969. Since the beginning of UConn's Division I era (1998-99), the Huskies own a 20-14-6 lead in the series. UConn took the first meeting earlier this year, winning 4-2 at home in the Freitas Ice Forum. The two teams have met just once in the post season, when the #2 seeded Black Knights ended the #3 seeded Huskies championship hope with a 3-1 in the AHA semifinals in Rochester, N.Y.
Senior Night... UConn's four graduating seniors, Matt Grogan, Jordan Sims, Brant Harris and Billy Latta, play their final regular season home games tonight against Army. Grogan is tied for ninth all-time in the UConn record book with 25 career wins and owns the lowest career goals against average in program history at 2.27. Last week, he set a new UConn Division I record when he posted 58 saves to lead the Huskies to a 3-2 upset over #9 ranked Providence. Sims became the 28th player in UConn hockey history to reach 100 points for his career and his 64 career assists rank fourth during the Division I era and 18th all-time in the record books. Harris became the 27th player in school history to reach 100 points for his career and enters this weekend with 106 career points, just one point shy of tying the UConn Division I scoring record. His 52 career goals ranks him second among the Huskies Division I goal scorers and 16th all-time. Latta is closing in on the 100-point plateau for his career, entering this weekend with 94 career points. This season, he leads the team in scoring with 22 points on 11 goals and 11 assists and leads all Huskies with seven power play goals on the year.
On Tap... UConn will close out the 2013-14 regular season with a pair of games at AHA rival Sacred Heart next weekend.
Just six points separate first place and fifth place in the AHA standings. Mercyhurst is in first place (34pts) followed by Bentley (32pts) in second, UConn (29pts) and Air Force (29pts) in third and Robert Morris (28pts) in fifth.
Senior Matt Grogan was named the AHA Co-Goaltender of the Week after stopping 89 shots against Providence and Holy Cross last week.
Freshman Robby Nichols recorded his second career shutout, making 38 saves in a 5-0 win at Holy Cross last Saturday. Nichols is 6-1-2 on the year.
Senior Jordan Sims picked up an assist in the 5-0 win at Holy Cross to reach the 100 point mark for his career. Sims has 36 goals and 64 assists in 140 career games.
Sophomore Joey Ferriss recorded the first multi-goal game of his career, netting a pair in the 5-0 win at Holy Cross.
The Husky penalty kill (.845) is tops in the AHA and is 12th in the nation. Over the past five games, UConn has killed off 18 of 19 power play chances.
The Huskies rank 7th in the nation in blocked shots (16.00 blk/pg) with sophomore Kyle Huson leading the team with 54 blocks on they year.
Senior Brant Harris is a point away (52g-54a-106p) from tying Cole Koidahl (`03-'07) for the all-time Division I scoring mark (Koidahl 41g-66a-107p).
Last Time Out... The Huskies split their weekend series with Holy Cross, losing at home 3-1 and rebounding for a 5-0 win in Worcester. On Friday night, the Huskies were outshot 34-21 and fell behind 2-0 through two periods en route to a 3-1 loss at home. Down 2-0 to start the third period, senior Brant Harris scored his 11th goal of the season just 40 seconds into the third period to cut the lead in half. That would be all the offense the Huskies could muster, giving up a late empty netter in the loss. On Saturday, sophomore Joey Ferriss scored twice and freshman Robby Nichols stopped all 38 shots he faced as the Huskies rebounded for a 5-0 win over the Crusaders. Ferriss was joined by juniors Cody Sharib and Jacob Poe and freshman Brent Norris in the scoring column while senior Jordan Sims notched an assist to record his 100th career point. UConn fired off a season-high 41 shots in the win.
Scouting the Black Knights... The Army Black Knights come into the weekend looking to end a 13-game losing streak. The Black Knights lone win in 2014 came over Royal Military College, a 5-2 exhibition win. Army's last victory came at home over Canisius, 2-0, on December 7th. Freshman C.J. Reuschlein leads all scorers with 17 points on the season coming on 10 goals and seven assists. Reuschlein ranks eighth among AHA rookies in scoring while fellow rookie Clint Carlisle is right on his heels with 16 points (7g/9a) on the year. Junior goaltender Rob Tadazak has played the majority of minutes and has all three Army victories on his ledger. Tadazak has a 4.28 goals against and a .873 save percentage.
Last Meeting with Army... Junior Trevor Gerling had a hand in all four goals, recording a career-high four points to lead UConn to a 4-2 win over Army in the Atlantic Hockey opener for both teams back on November 1st. The Huskies got out of the gates quickly in the first period, outshooting Army 16-6 and scoring a pair of goals just 16 seconds apart. Sophomore Shawn Pauly got the Huskies on the board four minutes in, deflecting a puck right on the doorstep past Army goaltender Rob Tadazak. Gerling, who finished with two goals and two assists on the evening, wasted little time in providing a 2-0 lead, burying his first just 16 ticks later. The Black Knights flipped the tables on UConn in the second period, outshooting the Huskies 14-4 and tacking on a pair of goals. C.J. Reuschlein scored his second of the season 3:49 in but Gerling pushed the lead back to two goals just over a minute later, scoring his second of the night. Army pulled back within one at the 8:24 mark of the second as Andrew O'Leary scored his first of the season. The Huskies put the game away in the third period, captalizing on their third power play opportunity of the night. Gerling put a perfect pass on the tape of senior Billy Latta on the left wing, who buried the feed past Tadazak for a 4-2 lead at the 8:30 mark. Matt Grogan would finish with 24 saves while holding Army off the scoreboard for the final 31:36 to earn his first victory in net this season. Army's Tadazak turned in 27 saves in the loss.