Air Force falls 2-1 at UConn

From Air Force sports information …

STORRS, Conn.  –  UConn goaltender Garret Bartus made 35 saves to lead the Huskies to a 2-1 win over Air Force in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday, Nov. 23, at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs, Conn. UConn improved to 3-5-1 overall and 2-4-0 in the AHA. Air Force fell to 3-5-3 overall and 2-2-1 in the league.

After a scoreless first period, UConn opened the scoring early in the second with a power-play goal. Sean Ambrosie found defenseman Alex Gerke on the backdoor for his first of the season at the 2:13 mark. Air Force tied the game at the 10:49 mark on the rush. Cole Gunner skated the puck down the right side and slid the puck across to Kyle De Laurell who netted his third of the season. UConn re-gained the lead at 13:41 as Jordan Sims scored his team-leading third of the season. Latta made a pass from behind the goal line to Sims on the back door.

Neither team scored in the third period. Air Force had two power plays in the third period but were unable to convert. With 2:44 remaining and a faceoff in the offensive zone, the Falcons pulled their goalie in favor of the extra skater. Air Force kept the puck in the zone for the majority of the time and had four shots on goal but were not able to tie the game.

Air Force outshot UConn, 36-29, in the game. Jason Torf made 27 saves for the Falcons while Bartus had 35 for the Huskies. AFA was 0-for-3 on the power play while UConn was 1-for-2.

“Give UConn credit, they played very good team defense,” head coach Frank Serratore said. “Their goalie is good and their special teams were better than ours. There are some things we have to do better. We need to be more physical and we can’t take reactionary penalties. We took some steps in the right direction tonight. We still need to find our identity.”

Air Force and UConn conclude the two-game league series on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. Faceoff is at 3:35 p.m. ET.

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