HARTFORD, Conn. – The UConn hockey team saw a 2-0 first period lead erased by the No. 2/3 ranked Quinnipiac Bobcats who scored six unanswered goals, four on the power play, to come away with a 6-2 win Tuesday night in front of 5,476 fans at the XL Center. The Huskies suffer their seventh-straight loss and fall to 3-9-0 on the season. The Bobcats remained unbeaten, raising their record to 11-0-0.
UConn got a pair of first period goals from freshmen Joseph Masonius (Spring Lake, N.J.) and Max Kalter (Highland Park, Ill.) in the loss. The Huskies took a season-high 12 penalties in the loss, six coming in the second period where Quinnipiac put four goals on the board. The Bobcats out shot UConn 38-15 on the night, holding the Huskies to just seven total shots over the second and third periods.
The Huskies jumped out to a fast 1-0 lead just 1:10 into the first. UConn went on the power play just 16 seconds into the game and Masonius gave the Huskies their first lead in a game since their win over Boston University. Spencer Naas (Minnetonka, Minn.) dug the puck out of the corner and fed freshman Max Letuov (Moscow, Russia) up the right boards. Letunov sent a cross ice pass to Masonius in the left circle and he buried a one-timer past Sean Lawrence stick side for his third on the year.
UConn’s Kalter made it 2-0 at the 11:39 mark with his second goal on the season. After winning a puck battle, Kalter fed sophomore Johnny Austin (St. Louis Park, Minn.) at the point and then got the puck right back in the right circle where he snapped a wrist shot past Lawrence to make it 2-0.
The Bobcats cut the lead in half with a power play goal at 16:47. Travis St. Denis fed the puck in deep to Landon Smith behind the goal line who quickly tapped it to Sam Anas alone in front who buried it for his seventh on the season.
The start of the second period is where the game came unraveled for the Huskies as Quinnipiac scored twice in the first 1:04 of play and four times by the five minute mark. Anas picked-up where he left off the first, scoring his second power play goal of the night just 51 seconds in, chipping in a loose puck in front. Off the ensuing face-off, Connor Clifton came streaking down the center and snapped a wrist shots past Nichols to put the Bobcats up 3-2.
UConn’s Evan Richardson (Nanaimo, British Columbia) was called for a holding minor but as the whistle blew was also assessed a five minute major for a cross check and a game misconduct, giving QU what amounted to a seven minute power play. The Bobcats took full advantage, putting two more past junior Rob Nichols (Dallas, Texas) off the sticks of St. Denis at 3:55 and Tim Clifton at 4:26 to take a commanding 5-2 lead. The QU defense took over from there, holding UConn to just three shots over the second period.
Quinnipiac’s Luke Shiplo closed out the scoring in the third period, burying a wrist shot off a feed from Scott Davidson at 9:19, his first on the season.
Nichols finished the night with 32 saves in taking the loss. Quinnipiac’s Michael Garteig relieved Lawrence to start the second period and got the win making seven saves.
The Huskies are back on the ice next Tuesday, November 24th when they play host to nationally ranked Boston College at the XL Center.
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