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Huskies Battle to 2-2 Tie at No. 7 BU

Oct. 20, 2017

Final Stats

BOSTON, Mass. - UConn sophomore Alexander Payusov (Montreal, Quebec) scored a power play goal and assisted on another to help the Huskies skate to a 2-2 tie with No. 7 nationally ranked Boston University Friday night in a Hockey East match-up at Agganis Arena.  The Huskies and Terriers will close out their weekend set tomorrow at the XL Center in Hartford at 5 pm.

UConn finished 2-for-3 on the power play but gave up a pair of shorthanded goals on the night.  Senior defenseman Johnny Austin (St. Louis Park, Minn.) scored the Huskies first goal of the night and added an assist on Payusov's third period tying goal.

BU's Bobo Carpenter scored both shorthanded goals for the Terriers.  On the Huskies first power play of the night, Carpenter gave his team a 1-0 lead on an unassisted break-away at 11:38.  Austin answered right back at 12:57 with his first on the season.

Carpenter made it 2-1 late in the second period, scoring his second on the season.  UConn's Payusov provided the tying goal on the Huskies' only power play chance in the third, putting home a rebound at 7:30 for his team-high fifth goal on the season.

UConn goaltender Adam Huska (Zvolen, Slovakia) made 33 saves while his counterpart, Jake Oettinger stopped 31 for BU.  The Terriers held a 35-33 edge on shots.

A scoreless first period had the Terriers with the edge on the shot chart, 14-7.  Neither team was sent to the box in the first.

The Huskies got their first power play chance at 11:17 but BU would be the team to capitalize first on Carpenter's first shorthanded tally of the night.  The puck took a funny bounce off the side boards where Carpenter picked-up mid ice and bolted up ice on a break-away.  He beat the trailing defense and beat Huska with a back-hander for his first on the year and a 1-0 lead.

UConn came right back and scored before the power play chance expired.  Junior Maxim Letunov (Moscow, Russia) lost his stick but was able to kick the puck to Austin at the high point.  Austin blasted a shot that beat Oettinger top-shelf for his first of the season, tying the game at 1-1 at 12:57.

Carpenter struck for his second shorthanded goal at 17:10, giving his team a 2-1 lead.  Huska came out to play a puck dumped in the zone but miss fired.  Carpenter chipped the puck behind the net and beat the defense and Huska, who was trying to get back into position, for the goal.

UConn got their third power play chance of the night at 5:37 and found the tying goal at 7:30.  Letunov fired on Oettinger who made the initial stop but Payusov crashed the net to clean up the loose rebound near the left post to knot the game up at 2-2.  Austin picked-up his team-leading sixth assist on the play.

The Huskies outshot the Terriers, 11-5 in the third.

UConn had a great look with time winding down as Austin blasted a shot from the high point and a scrum in front was looking for the loose puck just as the final horn sounded.

After Friday's tie, the Terriers still lead the all-time series, 4-2-2.  The two teams meet again on Saturday night at the XL Center.  UConn is 1-2-0 at home against BU.

Payusov carries a four-game point streak into tomorrow's match-up, collecting all seven (6g/1a) of his points during that stretch.  This marked his second multi-point game of the season.

Austin has had at least a point in four of the five games and this is his third multi-point game this year and sixth of his career.  His goal ended a 14-game drought without a goal dating back to last January vs. Vermont (1/27/17).