CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – UConn freshman Max Letunov (Moscow, Russia) scored the game-tying goal at 11:04 in the third period as the Huskies come away with a 3-3 tie at No. 4 nationally ranked Boston College Saturday night from Kelley Rink at the Conte Forum. The Huskies grab a point in the Hockey East standings and move to 4-8-3 in the league.
Letunov scored a goal for the third-straight game and ran his point streak to five-straight games. The rookie has had at least a point in 13 of the last 14 games and leads the team with 11 goals and 27 points. UConn’s Jesse Schwartz (Toronto, Ontario) and Patrick Kirtland (Rocky Hill, Conn.) provided the other Husky goals on the night.
Sophomore goaltender Tanner Creel (Arlington Heights, Ill.) drew the start for the second-straight night and stopped 28 Boston College shots. Both teams fired off 31 shots over the three periods and overtime.
The Huskies struck the first blow Saturday night as Schwartz gave UConn a 1-0 lead at 7:16 of the first. Sophomore Derek Pratt (Mount Hermon, Mass.) fired on net from just inside the blue line on the left wing with Demko making the stop. The rebound came out high to the left circle where Schwartz pounced on it and buried a shot top-shelf for his third of the season.
The Eagles pulled the game even at the 17:05 mark of the first on Travis Jeke’s second of the season. Jeke took a feed off the boards from Chris Calnan and cutting across the slot got Creel to commit, beating the goaltender at the left post. BC opened the second and grabbed a 2-1 lead just 2:30 in. Zach Sanford fed Alex Tuch up the right wing who fired a wrist shot from the right circle off the bar and in for his 10th of the season.
UConn’s Kirtland answered with a snipe of his own, coming at the 7:28 mark of the second to tie it at 2-2. Junior Evan Richardson (Nanaimo, British Columbia) carried through the neutral zone and dished to Kirtland on the left wing. The senior captain buried his wrist shot past Demko from the left circle for his sixth on the season, matching his career-high total for a season.
BC went back in front at 16:15 scoring with an extra attacker on a delayed penalty. The puck cycled to Sanford at the point who blasted a slap shot off the right post. The carom found the stick of freshman Colin White at the right post who tapped it home for his 14th on the year and a 3-2 lead.
UConn got their second power play opportunity on an Austin Cangelosi high sticking call at 10:46 in the third period. Freshman Tage Thompson (Orange, Conn.) fired on Demko who made the stop but the rebound found its way to Letunov right in front who buried it for the tying goal.
Creel kept the game tied in the closing seconds as Ryan Fitzgerald got free on a break-away with 48.2 seconds left but was denied at the left post. The Huskies got two shots off in the overtime.
UConn is back on the ice Tuesday night at the XL Center when they play host to former Atlantic Hockey foe and instate rival Sacred Heart. Opening face-off is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
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