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- The Huskies will spend the week in Arizona for a trio of games, continuing a season long seven-game road swing. UConn will face Arizona State Tuesday night in the Sun Devils first home game as a program against a Division I opponent.
- UConn hosted Arizona State earlier this season, posting a 5-1 win. The Sun Devils are in their first season of play as a program. They are playing an independent schedule
- UConn will take part in the Desert Hockey Classic this weekend at the Gila River Arena, home to the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes. This will be the fifth different NHL arena the Huskies have played in. The Huskies open the tournament against Michigan Tech on Friday.
- UConn dropped both games at the Mariucci Classic last weekend, falling to host Minnesota, 3-2, and to Ferris State, 5-2.
- Freshman Max Letunov scored a goal in both games in Minnesota and has registered a point in each of the last seven games (2g/5a). He leads the team with 20 points and eight goals.
- Letunov is fifth in Hockey East in scoring with 20 points (8g/12a) and is second among the league’s rookies. His eight goals are tied with Boston College’s Colin White for the most in Hockey East among freshmen.
- Letunov is the Huskies top-playmaker on the power play, posting 10 assists. He is second in the country (Tyler Kelleher, New Hampshire/11).
- Freshman Tage Thompson is second on the club with 14 points (7g/7a). His seven goals have all come on the power play, second most in the NCAA (Austin Farly, New Hampshire/8)
- Sophomore defenseman Derek Pratt is averaging 2.06 blocked shots per game, ranked third in Hockey East.
Last Meeting with Arizona State... UConn sophomore Spencer Naas scored a pair of power play goals to lead the Huskies to a 5-1 win over Arizona State in the Huskies home opener at the XL Center on October 16th. The Huskies used a three goal first period and added a shorthanded goal en route to their second win on their young season. Freshman Max Letunov picked up assists on both Naas goals as the Huskies went two-for-six on the power play. UConn held a 41-25 edge in the shot department while sophomore goaltender Rob Nichols picked up his second win on the year making 24 stops. In the first, sophomore Kasperi Ojantakanen scored shorthanded, freshman Max Kalter added his first collegiate goal, and Naas notched his first of two power play scores to give UConn a 3-0 lead. Senior Shawn Pauly scored his first of the season in the second and Naas tacked on his second extra man goal in the third to cap UConn’s scoring.
Scouting the Sun Devils... The Arizona State Sun Devils play their first home game against a Division I opponent on Tuesday evening. The Sun Devils are looking to end a nine-game winless streak (0-7-2), having lost their last five-straight. ASU is coming off a pair of losses at nationally ranked St. Cloud State last weekend. Freshman Jordan Masters is among the nation’s top-rookies with 17 points coming on six goals and 11 assists. Freshman Ryland Pashovitz has played the majority of minutes in goal, posting a 3.29 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.
Last Time Out... The UConn men’s hockey team fell behind 4-0 in the second period on the way to a 5-2 loss to Ferris State in the consolation game of the 25th annual Mariucci Classic Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis. The Huskies cut the Bulldogs lead to 4-2 to end the second period but couldn’t complete the comeback, falling to 5-12-1 on the season. The Huskies got second period goals from sophomore Corey Ronan, shorthanded, and from freshman Max Letunov, his second of the weekend. The Huskies held a 27-26 edge on shots but finished 0-for-5 on the power play in the loss. The Bulldogs jumped out quick, scoring just 1:27 into the game and led 2-0 after the first. Ferris State scored early in the second and then tacked on a power play goal at the 7:55 mark to lead 4-0. The Huskies began to claw back in getting a shorthanded goal at 14:43. Ronan buried a centering pass from Patrick Kirtland on a two-on-one. Letunov cut the lead in half with his team-leading eighth on the year with just 34 seconds left in the period. The Bulldogs kept UConn at bay the rest of the way with Darren Smith stopping all seven shots he saw in the third as Kenny Babinski tacked on an empty netter late, his second goal of the night, for the win.
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