HARTFORD, Conn. – Freshman Tage Thompson (Orange, Conn.) recorded the second hat trick by a UConn freshmen this season to lead the Huskies to a 5-2 win over No. 7 Ranked Boston University Tuesday night from the XL Center in front of 5,225 fans. The Huskies scored four times on the power play as the pick-up their first Hockey East victory of the season.
All three of Thompson’s goals came on the power play as the Huskies finished four-of-seven on the night with the extra skater. Thompson is the second Husky this season to register a hat trick, following classmate Max Letunov’s (Moscow, Russia) three goal night in the season opener at Alabama Huntsville.
UConn’s four power play goals was the most in a game since hitting that mark in an 8-3 win over Sacred Heart in 2011-12. The win also marked the fourth time under head coach Mike Cavanaugh that the Huskies have knocked-off a team ranked in the top-10 nationally, three of those wins coming at home in the XL Center.
Senior Joey Ferriss (Novi, Mich.) and junior Evan Richardson (Coquitlam, British Columbia) both scored their first goals of the season in the win. Letunov had his fourth multi-point game of the season with three assists on the night while sophomore Johnny Austin (St. Louis Park, Minn.) collected a pair of assists for the Huskies. Junior netminder Rob Nichols (Dallas, Texas) turned in a season-high 36 saves to garner the win.
Thompson struck for his first goal of the season at 6:13 in the first, burying a rebound off an Austin blast from the point on the power play for a 1-0 lead. BU answered late in the period with a power play of their own as Danny O’Regan buried a pretty pass from Charlie McAvoy on a two-on-one to knot the game at 19:27.
The Huskies added a pair in the second period to take a 3-1 lead into the second intermission. UConn got their second power play goal of the night at 8:07 of the period as Richardson sniped a wrister from the top-right circle. Ferris scored his first at 15:17 as freshman Max Kalter (Highliand Park, Ill.) snuck past the defense to create a 2-on-0 break and fed the senior who scored from the slot.
In the third, Thompson scored back-to-back power play goals at 16:01 and 16:46 to complete the hat trick. Thompson put home a rebound off a Spencer Naas (Minnetonka, Minn.) shot for his second and then buried a one-timer off a feed from Letunov to give the Huskies a commanding 5-1 lead. BU closed the scoring late as Chase Phelps scored his second of the year with 52 seconds left.
The Terriers held a 38-24 edge on shots but were just one-of-five on the power play.
UConn will stay home to host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this Saturday, October 31st at 3:05 pm from the XL Center.
Post Game Quotes:
Boston University Head Coach David Quinn
"I Liked our third period but we can't wait until we are down 3-1 to have a sense of urgency. They are obviously playing a little different when up 3-1, that being said, I was happy with our energy and opportunities, we just weren't to get one by him, he played great in net."
"Obviously the story is the penalty kill. They had four power play goals. Every puck they had at the blue line found its way through."
"Right now were just playing an immature game. The good news is its October and there is a lot of hockey ahead of us and we will get better. We've got to change our approach in a lot of us. We're too lose, we don't play thorough enough in all 3 zones, right now we're playing too high risk and when you do that, you're putting yourself in difficult positions and that’s what we’re doing too often right now. The good news is we get to go to practice tomorrow and get better."
UConn Head Coach Mike Cavanaugh
"Certainly very proud of our team. I thought on Saturday we played a pretty strong game for 40 minutes and we didn't play in the third. I know that bothered everyone, not just myself, but I know the guys were bothered by that. But I thought tonight we made a commitment to come out and play 60 minutes. That's a really good hockey club over there. David is not only a friend of mine, he's a terrific coach. He took them to the national championship game last year, won Hockey East, won the Beanpot and regular season title, they were a very successful team. But a lot of that is because he does a good job coaching them. They are skilled, the skate hard, they compete and I think tonight we were right there with them."
"Tonight our power play went 4 of 7. And if you're going to go 4 of 7, you're going to be hard to be. I think we had great contributions from a lot of people. Robby was strong in net and all four lines i think contributed tonight, as well as our defensemen we really moved the puck. I'm very pleased with the win and happy with the effort from our team tonight."
"It's something that we strive for. I told our team this, I don't want to be known for a team that knocks of top 10 teams. I want to be a top 10 team. I don't want that to be conversation anymore, "Hey, we beat a top ten team". I want UConn to be a top 10 team. That's what I want our program to be. And there’s no reason we can’t be that if we keep putting in the work, committing to playing for each other and as hard as we did tonight."
"That’s the great thing about this league. I love the fact that we can enjoy this for 24 hours, we turn around and we have another fantastic team coming in here to play. It keeps you on your toes and it’s the type of pressure that makes you tick if you're a competitor."
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