STORRS – Four minutes hadn't passed before UConn was issued a penalty for too many men on the ice. That was the first sign, coach Mike Cavanaugh said, that the Huskies weren't mentally sharp Friday night against Robert Morris.

UConn started flat and finished flat, unable to shake a malaise in a 6-1 loss to the Colonials at Freitas Ice Forum.

"What a difference a day makes," coach Mike Cavanaugh said.

The Huskies (10-7-2, 8-4-1 Atlantic Hockey) defeated RMU 5-1 Thursday night behind a hat trick by Brant Harris and two goals from Billy Latta. Less than 24 hours later, Latta limped to a press conference, having paid the price for blocking shots even with the game out of hand. Not every UConn player put forth the same effort Friday.

"I don't think it was a sense of overconfidence," said Latta, visibly frustrated. "At this level, you can't predict what's going on in the other locker room, how they're approaching the game, whether they're going to roll over or come out stronger the next night. You can't try to assume what they're going to do. The effort needs to be the same and you need to be mentally strong. If you're not for 60 minutes, it's tough to turn around a two- or three-goal deficit at this level. We put ourselves behind the eight ball early, mentally and on the scoreboard."

UConn, which entered on a four-game winning streak, trailed 2-0 but pulled within one on Kyle Huson's goal with 2:17 remaining in the first period. Just 49 seconds into the second, Tyson Wilson scored to push the RMU lead back to two. At 15:48, David Friedmann scored a power-play goal to make it 4-1, breaking UConn's streak of 28 consecutive successful penalty kills.

"It was almost a carbon copy" of Thursday's game, Cavanaugh said. "Their power-play goal kind of did us in, where [Thursday] we did the same thing to them. Hockey is a very humbling game. I know that."

Cavanaugh went on to cite a number of areas in which UConn came up short: puck battles, bodies to the net, pucks to the net, clearing players on defense, back-checking and picking up skaters on the rush.

"Everything that contributed to our win, doing a lot of the little things, I thought Robert Morris did [Friday] and we didn't," Cavanaugh said.

UConn goalie Matt Grogan made 19 saves on 23 shots and was replaced by Robby Nichols (nine saves on 11 shots) before the third period. Terry Shafer made 25 saves for Robert Morris (5-13-2, 5-6-2).

By the time the Colonials return to Moon Township, Pa., Saturday they will have been on the road for nine days. Seven players and coach Derek Schooley picked up the flu along the way. Friday's victory paired with a two-game sweep last week at Sacred Heart gave them three victories in four road games.

"That was a complete effort from start to finish," Schooley said. "Not one of our players took the night off or sold out. We had the puck in their end a lot, and you conserve a lot of energy when you're playing with the puck instead of chasing it. We know we're not four goals worse than them. That's just one of those hockey games. Give them credit for [Thursday]. They played extremely hard. And give us credit for [Friday]. It was two different games. Both teams deserved what they got in each game."