November 13, 2009

UConn stops the bleeding

by Allen Lessels

The University of Connecticut, winless on the road in its first half-dozen games of the season, finally got a chance to play at home last weekend and nabbed a pair of wins over American International College, 4-1 and 4-1.

UConn was allowing 4.67 goals a game going into the weekend.
It was the first weekend sweep since the beginning of last season for Bruce Marshall’s team.

Jeff Larson, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound freshman from Ballwin, Mo., stopped 48 of the 50 shots he faced during the weekend to post his first two collegiate victories.

The Huskies got a helping hand from other freshmen, too.

Defenseman Alex Gerke got the weekend going in the right direction with his first career goal late in the first period on Friday night and then added a goal the next night.

Forward Jim Gallagher scored the first goal on Saturday. Forward Sean Ambrosie had a pair of assists on Friday night.

The Huskies go back on the road for a pair at Canisius on Saturday and Sunday. Both games start at 3 p.m.

Thinking of attending? You might want to plan on spending a little extra time at the rink.

Canisius won the first game between the two teams last season, 6-0. The next three went to overtime and none ended in ties. The Golden Griffins took the first two, 3-2 and 4-3, and UConn the next, 4-3.

NEHJ Player of the Week

Jared DiMichiel, sr., RIT

DiMichiel follows in the Player of the Week skates of RIT defenseman Dan Ringwald. DiMichiel had 47 saves on 49 shots in a sweep of Army by 6-1 and 2-1 scores. He has a 4-5 record with a 2.48 goals-against average overall. In conference play, he is at 2.11 and .922.

Looking Ahead

Air Force at Holy Cross, Friday and Saturday

The Falcons lead the league with nine points and are followed closely by RIT with eight and Holy Cross with seven. Air Force won all four games in the series last season: Three of them were one-goal games, the first 1-0 in overtime.

Around Atlantic Hockey


Freshman forward Adam Pleskach continues to lead in scoring with six goals and two assists for eight points. No other Yellow Jacket has more than three goals or four points. … AIC is at Army on Friday night and the teams play at AIC the next night. AIC was 1-2-1 against Army last season.

Air Force

The Academy announced this week that it has agreed to a new five-year contract with coach Frank Serratore through the 2013-14 season. Serratore is in his 13th season. … Last year, the Falcons were 28-11-2, setting a school record for wins. They won their third straight AHA tournament title and as a result advanced to the NCAA tournament for the third straight time and then beat Michigan, 2-0, in the first round.


The Black Knights were swept by RIT, 6-1 and 2-1, last weekend and through four games are winless in the league at 0-3-1. They’ll try to change that against AIC this weekend. … Cody Omilusik scored a short-handed goal while his team was two men down on Saturday and leads Army with five goals and five assists.


Junior goalie Joe Calvi made 29 saves to help the Falcons to a 3-3 tie at Air Force on Friday night. … Next up are games at home against Sacred Heart on Friday and Saturday. The Falcons have five league points, which ties them with Mercyhurst. Sacred Heart and UConn are right behind those two with four points.


The Golden Griffins’ sweep of Mercyhurst last weekend, 6-4 and 4-3, was their first against the Lakers in the 21-year and 60-game history of the series. Canisius won consecutive games against Merychurst for the first time since Dec. 2, 1995 and Jan. 19, 1996, when the teams were Division 3 programs.


Freshman forward Sean Ambrosie leads UConn in scoring with three goals and three assists. Freshman defenseman Alex Gerke and junior forward Andrew Olson each have two goals and three assists. … Freshman goalie Jeff Larson has a 3.86 goals-against average and .877 save percentage.

Holy Cross

The Crusaders have not beaten Air Force, this weekend’s opponent, since the Falcons entered Atlantic Hockey for the 2006-07 season. Holy Cross is 0-6-3 with Air Force in that span. … Junior forward Jordan Cyr has four goals and four assists in the last three games and leads the team at 5-6-11.


Junior Steve Cameron had three goals in a two-game sweep at the hands of Canisius. Cameron leads the league with seven goals. …. RIT is at Mercyhurst on Friday and Saturday. The Tigers won the two regular season games between the teams last year. The Lakers got their revenge by knocking RIT out of league tournament in the semifinals, 5-4 in OT.


After losing their first five games, the Tigers have won their last four, outscoring their opponents 21-4 during the winning stretch. … Defensemen have 15 of RIT’s 33 goals, led by Dan Ringwald’s five. Senior Al Mazur and freshman Chris Tanev have four goals each. … Ringwald, Andrew Favot and Cameron Burt all have at least a point in each of the last seven games.

Sacred Heart

The Pioneers, after averaging 2.96 goals a game last year, are at 3.86 and leading the league at this point. Senior forward Dave Jarman is best at 4-6-10. Senior defenseman Paul Ferraro has a point in each of the last four games and is at 1-7-8. … Sacred Heart is at Bentley for games on Friday and Saturday.

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