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UConn Season Ends with 2-1 Loss at Boston University in Hockey East Quarterfinals

March 10, 2018

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BOSTON, Mass. - The UConn men's hockey team saw their season come to an end in the Hockey East Quarterfinals on Saturday night, falling at No. 20 Boston University, 2-1, to lose the series 2-0.  The Huskies end the year with a 15-19-2 record.

UConn held BU to just 19 shots on the night but sophomore goaltender Jake Oettinger turned away 36 of the 37 shots he faced to send the Terriers home with the win and on to the TD Garden for the Hockey East Semifinals.

Boston University rookies Brady Tkachuk and Logan Cockerill provided all the scoring the Terriers would need on Saturday night.

Tkachuk's first period power play goal staked BU to lead 1-0 into the first break before UConn junior Max Kalter (Highland Park, Ill.) provided the only scoring for the Huskies, scoring in the second period to tie the game up at 1-1.  Cockerill provided the game-winner at 16:52 of the second period

The Huskies finished 0-for-3 on the power play and killed off four-of-five power play chances for the Terriers.  UConn sophomore goaltender Adam Huska (Zvolen, Slovakia) made 17 saves in taking the loss. 

A tightly played first period ended with the Terriers claiming the game's first goal of the night with just 3.1 ticks left in the period.  UConn's Adam Karashik (Ridgefield, Conn.) was called for roughing with 20.2 left and on the ensuing face-off BU capitalized.

Tkachuk's shot off the face-off went wide but the Terriers kept the puck in the zone and sophomore Dante Fabbro fed it back to the rookie in the right circle. Tkachuk fired a wrister past Huska to the far post and in for his eighth of the season and a 1-0 lead into the locker room. 

UConn knotted the game up at 1-1 as Kalter scored his second on the weekend at 9:08.  Senior Spencer Naas (Minnetonka, Minn.) fed the puck to junior Joseph Masonius (Spring Lake, N.J.) who blasted on net from the left circle.  Kalter cut to the front of the net and got a deflection to put the puck into the top right corner for his seventh this season.

BU went back in front at 16:52 as Cockerill picked-up his seventh of the season.  Fabbro fed freshman Shane Bowers into the zone and the rookie cut up the middle before feeding Cockerill deep in the right circle.  Cockerill had time and space to size up Huska before putting one home top-shelf for a 2-1 lead. 

The Huskies dominated the third period on the shot chart, 15-5, but couldn't crack Oettinger for the tying goal. UConn's Jesse Schwartz (Toronto, Ontario) had the best look, but just couldn't sneak a rebound past the BU netminder at point blank range.

UConn pulled Huska over the final 1:45 for the extra skater but Oettinger made three saves and BU blocked three shots down the stretch to preserve the win. 

The Terriers finish the season 3-1-1 against the Huskies in the regular season and playoffs combined. BU extended their school record winning streak to 12-straight in the postseason at home in Agganis Arena.

UConn is swept out of the post season for the fifth-straight season.  The Huskies are 0-10-0 in the playoffs over the last five years.

The Huskies finished the season with 11 Hockey East wins and 23 points in the standings, good for a fifth place tie with Maine and the No. 5 seed, all program best marks in their fourth season of play in the league.