CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- The UConn men's hockey team was stymied by the Boston College defense in front of sophomore goaltender Ryan Edquist who made 23 saves to lead the No. 14 ranked Eagles to a 2-0 shutout win over the Huskies in a Hockey East match-up Saturday afternoon at Kelley Rink.
The loss drops the Huskies to 8-12-2 overall and 5-8-2 in the league. BC picked-up their Hockey East leading 10th win as they moved to 10-7-2 overall and 10-3-0 in league play.
The Eagles limited the UConn offense to 23 shots in front of Edquist, who recorded his first career shutout. Edquist earned his third win on the season and beat the Huskies for the second time this year, earning a 2-1 win at home back in November.
The only goal BC would need came in the first period on the power play. Sophomore David Cotton provided the game-winner at 12:43 in the first, his first power play goal of the season. The Huskies had a 5-on-3 power play chance in the second period but came up empty looking for the tying goal. UConn finished the game 0-for-4 with the extra skater.
BC tacked on their second goal in the third period as sophomore Ron Greco put home a rebound in front of the net for a two-goal cushion. The Eagles finished the afternoon with a 29-23 edge on the shot chart. UConn goaltender Adam Huska (Zvolen, Slovakia) made 27 saves in taking the loss.
Both teams had power play chances in the first period but the Eagles were the only ones able to capitalize for a 1-0 lead. Cotton picked-up the puck in the right corner from classmate Julius Mattila and drove to the front of the net where he stuffed it past Huska for his fourth on the year.
The two teams skated to a scoreless second period with UConn coming up empty on a pair of power play chances. The Huskies went to the power play at 9:47 on a cross-checking call and then drew a second penalty on a break-away chance to set-up a 5-on-3 for 52 seconds.
Senior Kasperi Ojantakanen (Helsinki, Finland) got a great chance in between the hash marks but missed wide while junior Maxim Letunov (Moscow, Russia) shot missed wide before the Eagles killed off both penalties.
The Eagles pushed their lead to 2-0 just past the midway point of the final stanza. Greco did some tough work on the fore check and got in position in front of the net to bang in a rebound off a Zach Walker shot from the left circle at 10:52. It was Greco's fifth on the season.
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The Eagles make it two-straight this season over the Huskies and four-straight in the all-time series. Since UConn's 1-0 win in the first ever meeting between the two schools, BC is 6-0-1 in the series and 4-0-1 at home. The two schools close out the season series on February 2 at the XL Center.
Coming into Saturday's match-up, the Huskies had scored power play goals in six-straight games. Saturday's 2-0 loss also marks the third time this season the Huskies have been shut out.
UConn is back at home in the XL Center on Tuesday night, Jan. 2 to host in-state rival Quinnipiac.
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