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UConn had a big second period and held off RMU to advance to the Atlantic Hockey semifinals for the second time in three years. Despite outshooting RMU, 10-2, in the first period, UConn found itself down 1-0 at the first intermission. Connecticut scored three consecutive goals in the second period, including the game-tying score just 1:36 in by sophomore Cody Sharib. Robert Morris had a 20-win season that was promising for a while, but it couldn't get over the hump within the league.
Connecticut scored four unanswered goals to pull away, in the hotly-contested 4 vs. 5 series. Matt Grogan stopped 19 shots to improve to 13-3-3.
Four different Falcons scored and Jason Torf made 28 saves, as Air Force earned a sweep. “They took it to us in the first period, but thankfully for us Jason Torf was the best player in the rink,” Air Force head coach Frank Serratore said. “Jason got us through the first period and gave us a chance. From that point, the guys took advantage of it. During this 8-2-2 run, we have done the majority of it on the road and that is a good sign. These were good wins, but right now we don’t want to get too high or too low. Right now, we are finding ways to win.”
UConn has now won 4 of 5 after getting the sweep of Air Force, all since David Berard took over as head coach on an interim basis. Sean Ambrosie scored his fourth of the season, in overtime, to give the Huskies the win. Air Force, meanwhile, has been struggling lately. “The fact is that we are not a very good team right now and we are not very well coached,” Air Force coach Frank Serratore said. “We gave up 39 shots tonight and three even-strength goals. That just can’t happen. I told the team after the game that I let them down. I haven’t prepared the team very well to play 5-on-5. We have to get back to the fundamentals and start playing better in our own end.”
Union had a 41-23 shot edge, but couldn't finish off UConn. The only major story on this game was a potential injury to star defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who took a knee on knee hit trying to make an end-to-end rush. But after the game, coach Rick Bennett said he was OK. "He’s fine. That’s what happens when you don’t want to keep it simple,” he said.
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