Dec. 1, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's hockey squad will host conference rival Rochester Institute of Technology on Friday and Saturday night at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. for both contests.
The Huskies will enter Friday's game with a 4-7-2 record and a 3-4-1 mark in the Atlantic Hockey Association. Connecticut currently sits tied for sixth in the conference.
RIT comes into the weekend with a 5-4-2 record based on a 4-2-2- mark in AHA contests. The Tigers are tied for third in the league standings.
UConn will be looking for revenge this weekend as the Tigers have ousted Connecticut in back-to-back postseasons. UConn lost in the AHA Quarterfinals at RIT in 2010 before dropping the AHA Semifinals by a score of 4-2 in 2011. Connecticut has not defeated RIT since a 2-1 victory in Storrs on January 16, 2010. The Huskies have dropped five straight to RIT.
Connecticut boasts a powerful special teams unit that ranks second in the nation on the power play. The Huskies have scored on 28.3-percent of their chances with the man-advantage. RIT ranks 34th in the NCAA at 80.4-percent on the penalty kill.
UConn went through a tough stretch in November, finishing the month with a 1-5-1 mark. Despite the team's slip in November, junior defenseman Alex Gerke was named AHA Player of the Month after notching nine points on four goals and five assists.
Along with Gerke, the Huskies have three players with double-digit points this year. Sophomores Brant Harris (9G, 4A) and Cole Schneider (4G, 8A) lead the team with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Gerke ranks third in scoring at 11 points (4G, 7A) while junior captain Sean Ambrosie has tallied 10 points (2G, 8A) this season.
Junior goaltender Garrett Bartus currently sits at 19th in the nation with a .926 save percentage. Bartus ranks fourth in all of Division I hockey with 452 saves on the year.
RIT is led by senior forward Cameron Burt with three goals and seven assists for 10 points. Junior goaltender Shane Madolora, a 2011 All-AHA First Team selection, has excellent numbers once again with a 2.15 goals against average and a .927 save percentage.