UConn beats Air Force, 3-1, forcing a third game on Sunday

    Scott Mathis

    Scott Mathis

    March 10, 2012

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    U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - UConn goaltender Garrett Bartus made 46 saves to lead the Huskies to a 3-1 win over Air Force in game two of the best-of-three Atlantic Hockey Association Quarterfinal Series, Saturday, March 10, at the Academy's Cadet Ice Arena. Air Force won game one, 4-3, on Friday. Game three of this best-of-three series will be Sunday, March 11, at 7:05 p.m. MT. Tickets are on sale now at the box office at the Cadet Ice Arena on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. or by clicking here.

    Despite getting outshot, 23-4, in the first period, UConn took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Cole Schneider created a turnover in the neutral zone and Corey Jendras tipped the puck to Trevor Gerling on the right side. Gerling skated around the net and scored on a wrap around at the 9:02 mark. With 3:45 left in the period, the Falcons pulled starting goaltender Jason Torf in favor of Stephen Caple.

    Early in the second period, UConn extended its lead to 2-0 with a power play goal. Cole Schneider made a pass through the goal mouth to Brant Harrris on the weak side. Harris netted his 18th of the season 48 seconds into the second period. The Falcons broke the ice at the 6:35 mark when Scott Holm scored his second of the series, fifth of the season, on a flurry in front of Husky goalie. George Michalke took a shot that was knocked down in front and Ryan Timar battled with two UConn players at the top of the crease. Holm collected the puck on the left side and lifted it over the pad of Bartus to cut the Husky lead to 2-1 at 6:35 of the second.

    UConn, 16-18-4 overall, held onto the 2-1 lead until late in the third period. With 1:30 left in the third period, Air Force pulled its goaltender in favor of the extra skater. Air Force had a faceoff in the offensive zone, but the puck bounced out to the neutral zone. Schneider collected it on the back hand and sent it all the way down the ice and into the empty net for his 21st goal of the season. The goal came with 1:16 remaining and sealed the 3-1 win for the Huskies.

    Air Force outshot UConn, 47-14, in the game. AFA had a 41-9 shot advantage in the first 40 minutes. Torf started in goal for the Falcons and made two saves while allowing one goal in 16 minutes. Caple came in and made nine saves while allowing a goal in 42 minutes. AFA was 0-for-3 on the power play while UConn was 1-for-2.

    "I couldn't be more proud of the effort our guys put forth," head coach Frank Serratore said. "We played extremely hard. It is frustrating to get that many shots and not score. It always comes down to special teams and goaltending. But our season isn't over yet. We have another chance tomorrow night."

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