Huskies Host Army & Sacred Heart this Weekend

    Sophomore Tyler Bouchard

    Sophomore Tyler Bouchard

    Oct. 31, 2013

    Setting the Scene... The University of Connecticut men's hockey team welcomes a pair of Atlantic Hockey Association opponents to the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum this weekend facing the Army Black Knights and the Sacred Heart Pioneers. The Huskies are still in search of their first win in 2013-14, coming in off a 2-2 tie with the Union Dutchmen last weekend. Friday night's game will be the AHA opener for both the Huskies and the Black Knights. UConn and Sacred Heart will meet four times this season as the Pioneers are taking park in this year's UConn Hockey Classic at the XL Center. Saturday night's match-up will be a non-conference meeting with the following three meetings counting in the AHA standings.

    The Last Meeting
    February 23, 2013
    West Point, N.Y.
    Men's Hockey Sweeps Army With 5-3 Win
    The University of Connecticut men's ice hockey team traded punches with the United States Military Academy early on until UConn pulled ahead for a 6-3 win in Atlantic Hockey action at Tate Rink on Saturday night. The Huskies lifted their record to 16-13-3 overall and 13-10-2 in league play, while the Black Knights dropped to 7-17-5 and 7-12-5 as Connecticut swept the weekend series.

    The Last Meeting
    Sacred Heart0
    March 2, 2013
    Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Conn.
    Connecticut Clinches Bye in AHA Playoffs
    The University of Connecticut men's ice hockey team clinched a bye to the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic Hockey Tournament with a 4-0 shutout of Sacred Heart at the Webster Bank Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies finished the regular season 17-13-4 overall, securing their first winning record since the 1999-00 season, and 14-10-3 in the AHA, while the Pioneers enter the postseason at 2-28-4 and 2-21-4.

    UConn vs. Army All-Time Series... Army leads the all-time series, 28-23-8, dating back to their first meeting on February 24, 1969. The Huskies finished 2-0-1 last season against Army and are 12-10-2 at home against the Black Knights.

    UConn vs. SHU All-Time Series... The Huskies lead the all-time series, 27-24-5 after going 2-0-1 against the Pioneers in 2012-13. UConn holds an 18-7-2 playing at home against the Pioneers. Over the last three seasons, the Huskies are 6-1-2 against SHU.

    Husky Points... The Huskies are searching for their first win in 2013-14 after opening the season against a pair of teams that played in the NCAA Tournament last season. After an opening weekend sweep at No. 18 ranked Minnesota State, the Huskies bounced back from a 2-0 first period deficit to skate to a 2-2 tie with Union last Friday.

    - Senior goaltender Matt Groganfinished one save shy of his career-high in the tie with Union. Grogan turned away 47 shots (48 at Quinnipiac 1/22/13) and kept the Dutchmen off the scoreboard after the first period. On the season, he owns a .922 save percentage

    - Senior forward Jordan Sims has a record a point in each of the first three games this season. Sims scored both goals at Minnesota State and assisted on classmate Billy Latta'sgoal against Union

    - Latta and sophomore Tyler Bouchard each recorded their first goals of 2013-14 in the Union game. Freshman Brent Norrisrecorded his first collegiate point, picking up the assist on Bouchard's game-tying tally.

    Scouting the Black Knights... Army is in search of their first win of 2013-14 after season opening losses at Penn State, 4-1, and at Merrimack, 4-2. The Black Knights led Merrimack, 1-0 and 2-1, but could not hold on for the upset win. Junior goaltender Rob Tadazak turned in 39 saves in the loss. Army will host the Bentley Falcons on Saturday night in their home opener at Tate Rink.

    Scouting the Pioneers... Sacred Heart got off to a blazing start to their season, knocking of the preseason No. 1 ranked UMass Lowell River Hawks, 2-1. The Pioneers head into the weekend 2-3-0 and 1-1 in the conference as they travel to Holy Cross on Friday night before facing the Huskies on Saturday. Junior forward Drew George leads the team with three goals and an assist over the first five games.

    Up Next... The Huskies are until November 12th when they will host the Holy Cross Crusaders.