March 9, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's hockey team will play host to Robert Morris in the Atlantic Hockey Association quarterfinals this coming weekend at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. The Huskies and Colonials will face-off in a best-of-three playoff series Friday, March 14th, Saturday March 15th and Sunday, March 16th, if necessary. Start times for all three games will be 7:05 pm.
Tickets for this weekend's AHA quarterfinal games can be purchased now online at UConnTickets.com. All tickets are general admission and are $12.00 for adults and $5.00 for students/senior/youth. Admission is free for all student season ticket holders and tickets can be picked-up at the game.
UConn finished the regular season 15-9-3 to earn the #4 seed and a bye in the AHA playoffs. Robert Morris finished 13-9-5 in AHA play, drew the #5 seed and beat Army in the first round of the playoffs, 2-1. The Colonials won game won one, 8-4, before the Black Knights rebounded for a 4-2 win on Saturday night. RMU won the series Sunday night, erasing an Army 1-0 lead to win the decisive game-three, 3-1, and move on to the quarterfinals.
The Huskies and Colonials split their two meetings this season, both in Storrs. UConn got a hat-trick from senior Billy Latta (West Chester, Pa.) and a pair of goals from fellow senior Brant Harris (Estevan, Saskatchewan) on the way to a 5-1 win. In game two, the Colonials flipped the script thanks to a pair of Cody Wydo goals that led to a 6-1 RMU win. A day after getting pulled, RMU goaltender Tony Shafer rebounded with 25 saves to earn the win.
The all-time series between the two schools is slightly in favor of Robert Morris, 6-4-0 and the Huskies are 4-2-0 at home against the Colonials in Freitas Ice Forum. This will be the second-straight season the Huskies and Colonials have met in the AHA postseason. UConn beat Robert Morris in a quarterfinal match-up last season, winning 4-1 and 4-3 at home in Storrs to move on to the AHA semifinals.
In the other three quarterfinal match-ups, #1 seed and regular season champion Mercyhurst will host #8 seed Holy Cross who moved on thanks to a 3-2 overtime win in game three of their series with RIT. The #2 seeded Bentley Falcons will play host to the #7 seed Canisius, who shut out Sacred Heart in back-to-back games to move on. The #3 seed Air Force will play host the #6 seed Niagara who won two-straight to advance past AIC.
The four winners will move on to championship weekend in Rochester, N.Y. at the Blue Cross Arena. The AHA semifinals are set for Friday, March 21st and the title game is slated for Saturday, March 22nd.