STORRS, Conn. • Jordan Sims scored with 6:19 left in the second period and goalie Garret Bartus made 35 saves to lead the University of Connecticut to a 2-1 win over Air Force on Friday at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs, Conn.
Sims’ goal came less than 3 minutes after Air Force (3-5-3, 2-2-1 Atlantic Hockey Association) had tied the game at 1 on Kyle De Laurell’s third goal of the season.
“Give UConn credit, they played very good team defense,” Falcons coach Frank Serratore said. “Their goalie is good and their special teams were better than ours.”
Air Force outshot the Huskies 36-29, but the Falcons failed to get anything other than De Laurell’s goal past Bartus and the Huskies (3-5-1, 2-4-0). Air Force was 0-for-3 on the power play.
Air Force goalie Jason Torf made 27 saves.
UConn jumped ahead 2:13 into the second period when Alex Gerke scored on a power-play goal.
With 2:44 remaining in the game and a faceoff in the offensive zone, the Falcons pulled Torf for an extra skater. Air Force kept the puck in the zone for the majority of the waning minutes and took four shots but couldn’t tie it.
“There are some things we have to do better,” Serratore said. “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.”