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UConn is back at home Tuesday night to play host to instate rival Quinnipiac at the XL Center. The Huskies and Bobcats have met in each of the last four seasons with QU taking three of those meetings. This will be the second match-up at the XL Center. Quinnipiac posted a 6-2 win in 2015.
The Huskies are coming off a 2-0 loss on Saturday afternoon at No. 14 Boston College in a Hockey East match-up. UConn ended the first half of the season winning five of six before a 21-day break for exams and the holidays.
Saturday’s 2-0 loss also marks the third time this season the Huskies have been shut out.
The Eagles made it two-straight this season over the Huskies and the two schools close out the season series on February 2 at the XL Center.
The Huskies have a pair of non-league games left this season, both against the ECAC. The Huskies face Quinnipiac at home on Tuesday and travel to Brown on February 3rd.
Junior Maxim Letunov finished up the first half with 19 points coming on five goals and 14 assists. He tied his career-high with three points, giving him 24 career multi-point games, six this year. Letunov has sprung into a share of the league lead with 14 assists. He has 10 power play points (3g/7a) to lead the Huskies.
Senior defenseman Johnny Austin finished the first half with 16 points on three goals and 13 assists, all career-high marks. Austin is tied for second among league blue liners in scoring and is tied for 10th among all scorers. He has nine power play points (2g/7a).
Senior Jesse Schwartz ended a 49-game goal drought in UConn’s November 10th match-up with Ohio State with a pair of goals and since then, closed the first half, piling up 11 points (7g/4a) in 10 games. He scored his seventh goal of the season in the win over Colgate and had a point in career-best six-straight games.
Schwartz has been the league’s top face-off man in the first half, winning .614 percent of his draws (78-49). He also ranks third nationally
Sophomore defenseman Bryan Nelson has left the program. Nelson appeared in four games last season. He will remain enrolled at UConn.
Last Meeting vs. Quinnipiac ...
October 19, 2016
The Huskies fell behind 2-0 in the first and couldn’t recover as Quinnipiac got goals from five different players on the way to a 5-2 win at High Point Solutions Arena. QU opened the scoring at 7:54 as Andrew Taverner whipped a wrist shot from the high point that weaved its way through traffic and passed a screened Adam Huska and Craig Martin made it 2-0 QU with just 25 seconds left in the first. The Huskies twice cut the Quinnipiac lead to a goal but both times the Bobcats answered. UConn’s Spencer Naas stuffed home a rebound on the power play at 1:44 in the second but QU answered just under two-minutes later on a Thomas Aldworth wrap-around goal. The Huskies cut it to 3-2 at 9:17 of the second as Karl El-Mir buried a rebound but the Bobcats answered the threat with consecutive goals just 1:04 apart. Brogan Rafferty buried one five-hole on a break-away and Connor Clifton snapped a wrist shot top-shelf on the power play to push the lead to 5-2 heading into the third. Quinnipiac had a 43-31 edge on shots as UConn Huska posted 38 saves in taking the loss.
Scouting the Bobcats ...
Quinnipiac returns to the ice after a 24-day holiday break, the longest layoff for the program since the 2008-09 season. The Bobcats are currently 6-10-2 and were swept by Maine at home in their last action before the break. Tuesday’s game is the 10th and final meeting for QU against teams from Hockey East this season, going 3-5-1 in those match-ups. Freshman forward Odeen Tufto leads the team in scoring with 19 points and is third in the ECAC with 14 assists. Sophomore goaltender Andrew Shortridge holds a 2.49 goals-against average, placing him fifth among all ECAC goaltenders, with a .903 save percentage. He has also made 325 saves on the season leaving him fourth in the league and owns three shutouts. Overall, Quinnipiac is second in the nation generating 37.1 shots per game.
UConn vs. the ECAC ...
- UConn is 18-54-10 all-time against teams from the ECAC.
- The Huskies beat then No 16 ranked Colgate, 4-2, at home in December and will also face Quinnipiac and Brown this season.
- The Huskies were 1-2-1 against the ECAC last season, beating Brown 4-1 in the Desert Hockey Classic and falling to then No. 4/3 Quinnipiac, 5-2, Yale 4-2 and skating to a 4-4 gridlock with Colgate.
- The Huskies have faced Brown (3-5-1), Colgate (3-5-1), Dartmouth (0-2-0), Princeton (0-3-0), Quinnipiac (11-17-2), Rensselaer (0-3-2), Union (1-7-4) and Yale (0-12-0) from the league.