UConn vs BC (photo by Stephen Slade)
UConn vs BU (photo by Stephen Slade)
UConn vs AIC (photo by Stephen Slade)
UConn vs Vermont Hockey East Game 2 (photo by Stephen Slade)
UConn vs Vermont Hockey East Opening Round (photo by Stephen Slade)
2015-16 (Junior Season): Started and played in 29 games during his junior campaign…Finished the season with a 2.93 goals against average and a .911 save percentage…Stopped 840 shots on the season…Faced 922 shots on the season, 26th highest total in the nation…Posted a 9-18-2 record…Missed five games in Jan./Feb. with an ankle injury…Had a pair of shutouts on the season…Became the first goaltender in school history to record back-to-back shutouts when he beat Arizona State, 3-0, (Jan. 10) and Maine, 1-0, (Jan. 15)…Picked-up his first Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week Award on Dec. 7 after backstopping UConn to a weekend sweep of No. 5 UMass Lowell with 57 saves…Earned his second weekly award on Jan. 18th after stopping 82 of 83 shots in a weekend series…Made a career-high 44 saves in the 1-0 win over the Black Bears…Stopped 41 shots in a loss at No. 5 Providence…Had 12 games posting 30 or more saves…Posted 61 saves in a weekend sweep of New Hampshire (Feb. 26 & 27)…Ranked ninth in Hockey East in save percentage and 11th in goals against average.
2014-2015 (Sophomore Season): Started and played in 35 games...Logged 2067:16 minutes in net, 93.9% of the team's total minutes...Posted a .918 save percentage and a 2.73 goals against average...Finished the season 10th in Hockey East in goals against and ninth in save percentage...Finished the season with a 9-19-7 record...Made 1,052 saves, ranked first in Hockey East and fourth in the nation...Finished the season as one of only seven goaltenders in the country to record over 1,000 saves...Became just the second goaltender in school history to reach 1,000 saves in a season and his 1,052 stops rank third in the UConn record book...Faced the third most shots of any goaltender in the country at 1,146...Posted four shutouts on the year, tied for first in Hockey East and 11th in the nation...His four shutouts all came at home in the XL Center, beating No. 3 ranked Boston College (1-0), No. 5 ranked UMass Lowell (2-0), Merrimack (1-0) and UMass (4-0)...Had four games with 40 or more saves (42 at UNH; 41 at Merrimack, 41 at Notre Dame, 41 at Maine)...Recorded his first career assist in a 4-1 win over No. 15 ranked Quinnipiac (Oct. 21)...Earned the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honor three times during the season.
2013-2014 (Freshman Season): Appeared in 13 games with 11 starts...Played in 690:53 minutes, 31.6% of Husky minutes in goal...Posted a record of 8-2-2 (.750)...Sported a 1.91 goals against average and a .939 save percentage...Posted a pair of shutouts, tied for fourth among Atlantic Hockey goaltenders...Led all AHA rookie goaltenders who have played 30 percent or more of team's minutes in goals against average and save percentage...Earned his first collegiate victory in his first career start, making 30 saves in a 4-2 win over Sacred Heart (Nov. 2)...Stopped a season-high 40 shots to help beat Air Force, 5-3 (Jan. 31)...Made 28 saves in earning his first-career shutout, 3-0, over Bentley (Feb. 7)...Turned in 38 saves at Holy Cross for a 5-0 shutout win (Feb. 15)...Was named the AHA Goaltender of the Month for February after posting a 4-1-0 record with two shutouts...Named the AHA Rookie of the Week after posting 37 saves to lead UConn to a 2-1 win over future Hockey East opponent UMass in the UConn Hockey Classic (Dec. 30)...Made his first career post season start against Robert Morris in the AHA quarterfinals, making 31 saves (March 14)....Named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team.
Before UConn: Spent 2010-11 with the Colorado Thunderbirds U18 in the MWEHL, posting a 1.39 GAA and .940 save percentage in 23 games...Joined the Wenatchee Wild of the NAHL for the 2011-12 campaign, where he spent two years...In 34 games in '11-12, notched a 1.49 GAA, .938 save percentage and 10 shutouts, leading the league in each category...Had a 2.21 GAA and .907 save percentage in 2012-13, but elevated his game with a 1.77 GAA and .928 save percentage in the postseason to lead Wenatchee to a second-place finish in the 2013 Robertson Cup.
Personal: Born Sept. 10, 1992...Rob Nichols is the son of David and Robin Nichols...He has one sister, Courtney...He is an accounting major.