Falcons travel to UConn for two-game AHA series, Nov. 23-24
Nov. 19, 2012
This Week Air Force (3-4-3 overall and 2-1-1 AHA) travels to Connecticut (2-5-1 overall and 1-4-0 AHA) for a two-game Atlantic Hockey Association series with the UConn Huskies. The teams will meet on Friday, Nov. 23, at 4 p.m. ET at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on the UConn campus in Storrs, Conn. The two teams will conclude the series on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn, at 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be the first of a doubleheader at the XL Center as the Connecticut Whale (American Hockey League) hosts the Norfolk Admirals at 7 p.m.
Scouting the Huskies UConn is 2-5-1 overall and 1-4-0 in the AHA and tied for 10th place. UConn opened the season going winless in the first five game (0-4-1), including getting swept at Niagara However, UConn bounced back with a 5-3 win at home over Sacred Heart and then a non-conference road win at Merrimack, 3-1 Last Saturday, UConn lost at Bentley, 3-1. UConn outshot Bentley, 29-22. Bentley broke open a 1-1 game with two goals in the final three minutes of the third period. Brett Gensler scored the game-winner with 2:44 remaining and then added an empty netter with 44 seconds left. Senior forward Sean Ambrosie leads the team with three goals and five points. Junior forward Jordan Sims has two goals and four points. Senior Garrett Bartus has played every minute in goal for the Huskies and has a .918 saves percentage and a 2.73 GAA
Last Season vs. UConn Air Force and UConn played five times last season, all at the Academy, and AFA won four of the games. Air Force swept a two-game regular-season series in November, 3-1 and 4-3, at Cadet Ice Arena. The teams then met in the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals and the Falcons won the series, taking two of three. Air Force won the first game, 4-3, as Kyle De Laurell broke a 3-3 tie with eight minutes left in the third. Goalie Stephen Caple came on in relief of Jason Torf to stop the final 10 shots. AFA had a 42-21 shot advantage. UConn won the second game, 3-1, as Garrett Bartus made 46 saves. UConn led 2-1 entering the third period and Cole Schneider added an empty-netter. AFA outshot UConn, 47-14, in the game. Air Force won the third and deciding game, 4-3. UConn had a 3-2 lead late in the second period. However, Jason Fabian tied the game with a power-play goal late in the second. George Michalke scored the game-winner at 3:21 of the third period. AFA outshot UConn, 37-31. Stephen Caple made 28 saves for the Falcons while Garrett Bartus made 33 for the Huskies. The win sent the Falcons to the AHA Final Four as the Falcons went on to win the AHA Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in six years.
Series with UConn
Air Force and UConn have played 28 times and the Falcons hold a 20-4-4 lead in the series that began in 1987.
As AHA foes, AFA holds a 12-3-4 lead in the series beginning in the 2006-07 season.
AFA is 4-2-3 all-time in games played at UConn and 4-1-3 in AHA games at UConn.
Not including empty-netters, eight of the last nine games have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie.
AFA is unbeaten in its last six games at UConn (3-0-3). The last UConn win in Connecticut was in 2006.