Nov. 20, 2013
Radio: WHUS 91.7 FM
The Connecticut Huskies return to Atlantic Hockey action taking on American International Saturday night on the road. The Huskies have lost two-straight, coming off a 4-1 loss at Boston University last Sunday in a preview of a future Hockey East match-up. UConn was shutout 3-0 at home by Bentley in their last AHA game last Friday night. The AIC Yellow Jackets are unbeaten in AHA play, posting wins over Sacred Heart, Bentley and Holy Cross. AIC opens a four-game homestand at the Olympia Ice Center Saturday night with Army and Mercyhurst paying a visit next week.
UConn vs. AIC All-Time Series… UConn leads the all-time series, 48-37-11. The Huskies won the season series last year, 2-0-1. UConn won both meetings at home, 7-2 in the UConn Hockey Classic and 3-1 and skated to a 1-1 tie in West Springfield. The all-time series dates back to 1960-61, UConn’s first season of play. The Huskies have not lost to AIC since the 2007-08 season, a span of 15 games.
On Tap… The Huskies will spend the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Buffalo, N.Y. for a two-game AHA series against the Canisius Golden Griffs. UConn will then be home for a series with Niagara before the break.
- The Huskies played their first of potentially three games against future Hockey East competition last Sunday at Boston University. UConn will also travel to Providence in February and could face UMass if both teams advance to the championship game of the UConn Hockey Classic.
- UConn is 12-0-3 in their last 15 meetings with AIC but have skated to three ties in the last six match-ups, each in West Springfield.
- The Huskies rank first in the AHA in scoring defense (3.00 pg).
- Sr. Matt Grogan is 4th in the AHA in save percentage (.917).
- UConn is the least penalized team in the AHA and the nation (5.2 min pg).
- AIC comes in as the second least penalized team in the league and country (9.0 min pg).
- The Huskies haven’t scored a power play goal since a 4-2 win over Sacred Heart and are 0-for-9 since a Billy Latta pp goal in the third period vs. the Pioneers.
- Latta ranks 4th in the AHA with three power play goals on the year.
- Senior captain Brant Harris made his 2013-14 season debut last weekend and scored his first goal of the season in the BU loss. Harris missed the first six games with a knee injury. He scored 31 points (15g/16a) last season.
Last Time Out… University of Connecticut senior captain Brant Harris scored his first goal of the season but the Huskies came up short in their first-ever meeting with Boston University, falling 4-1 to the Terriers at Agganis Arena on Sunday. The Huskies got 37 saves from senior goaltender Matt Grogan in the loss as the Terriers held a 41-29 advantage on shots on the night. UConn’s Grogan helped the Huskies weather a first period onslaught by BU, turning away all 17 shots he faced to keep the game scoreless at the first intermission. The Terriers took control of the game in the second period, putting three goals on the board and scoring on their only power play opportunity of the night. Their three second period goals have the Terriers outscoring their opponents 17-7 in the second stanza this season. The Huskies refused to go quietly in the third period, skating hard and outshooting BU 10-6. In just his second game back from injury, Harris scored his first goal of the season. Defenseman Kyle Huson got the puck to Harris on the left wing, who then buried a wrist shot from the left circle in the top shelf, short side. UConn had two power play opportunities to cut further into the BU lead but the Terriers killed off both, including a two-man Husky advantage in the closing minutes.
Scouting the Yellow Jackets… The American International Yellow Jackets sit tied for third in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 6 points and a 3-0-0 record. AIC has won two-straight coming in off wins over Holy Cross, 1-0, and Bentley, 8-7. The Yellow Jackets lead the AHA in scoring averaging 3.5 goals per game but rank 11th defensively allowing 4.5 goals per night. AIC owns the top power play unit in the league and rank fifth nationally converting 26.1% (6-23). Junior Alex MacMillan has three goals, including a pair of game-winners. Freshman David Norris has eight points (1g/7a) on the season, ranking second among AHA rookies. As a team, the Yellow Jackets are leading the country averaging 19.67 blocked shots per game.