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The UConn Huskies return to the “Park City” and Webster Bank Arena Tuesday night to take on the Colorado College Tigers in a non-conference match-up. Tuesday’s game is the first of three this week for UConn as they will also travel to Army on Friday night before returning home to the XL Center on Saturday for a Hockey East match-up with No. 6/5 ranked UMass Lowell. The Huskies are coming off a 4-3 win at UMass on Friday, their first road win of the season. The Tigers were swept at No. 16 ranked Providence over the weekend, falling 5-4 in overtime and 5-3.
UConn vs. Colorado College All-Time Series... Tuesday night’s game will mark the first-ever meeting on the ice between UConn and Colorado College.
UConn vs. the NCHC... This will mark the Huskies first game against a team in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference which began play last season. UConn has only ever faced Nebraska-Omaha, a 4-1 loss in the 2004-05 season opener. The Huskies have never met Colorado College, Denver, Miami, Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota, St. Cloud State or Western Michigan.
- Freshman Spencer Naas registered his third game-winner of the season at UMass Friday night. Naas had a pair of goals in the win, his first career multi-goal and multi-point game. Naas leads all UConn rookies with 9 points (6g/3a). His 6 goals are second on the team.
- Senior Trevor Gerling recorded a pair of goals in Friday’s win, his second two-goal game this season (at BU). Gerling leads the team with four career multi-goal games and 14 career multi-point games.
- Junior Shawn Pauly added to his team-leading point (12) and assist (10) totals with two helpers at UMass. Pauly has posted a point in three of the last four games.
- The Huskies are looking for their first back-to-back wins of the season. UConn is 0-3-1 this year in games following a win.
- Goaltender Rob Nichols is ranked sixth in Hockey East and 18th nationally in save percentage (.930). He has faced 570 shots this season, the sixth highest total in the nation.
- Nichols has played 97.0% of the minutes this season (1070:09), seventh highest nationally.
Scouting Colorado College... Colorado College is under the direction of first year head coach Mike Haviland who took over the Tiger program after spending last season as the head coach of the Hershey Bears of the AHL. The Tigers come in looking to end a seven game winless streak. The Tigers were swept over the weekend at No. 16 ranked Providence College, falling 5-4 in overtime and 5-3. The Tigers swept their season-opening series with Alabama-Huntsville but are 1-13-1 overall since their first weekend of play. The Tigers are also searching for their first conference win at 0-8-1 and will return to conference play full-time following Tuesday night’s game. Junior Cody Bradley leads the team in scoring with 15 points on eight goals and seven assists. Junior Hunter Fejes has 10 points on the season, sharing the team-lead in assists with Bradley. As a team, Colorado College is giving up 4.24 goals per game, second to UMass for most goals allowed per game in the country.
Last Time Out... UConn freshman Spencer Naas scored the game-winning goal at 13:55 of the third period as the Huskies came away with a 4-3 win at the University of Massachusetts Friday night in a Hockey East match-up from the Mullins Center. Naas and senior Trevor Gerling each scored a pair of goals for the Huskies who improved to 5-9-4 overall and 3-4-1 in Hockey East. For the third-straight game and ninth time this season, sophomore Rob Nichols posted 30 or more saves for the Huskies, stopping 33 Minutemen shots to earn the win in net Friday night. The Huskies held a 39-36 edge on shots and finished one-for-three on the power play. The road conference win was the first in Hockey East play for the UConn program. The Huskies got off to a fast start Friday night, building a 2-0 lead after the first period. UConn’s Naas struck for the game’s first goal at 10:45 and Gerling gave UConn a 2-0 lead at 14:53. UMass cut the Husky lead in half just 1:44 into the second period as Shane Walsh shoveled a back-hand shot past Nichols for his third on the year. Gerling gave UConn back a two-goal lead, scoring his second of the night with just one second left on the power play at 1:56 in the third. The Minutemen chipped away and cut back into the lead at 4:24 as a rebound off a Ben Gallacher shot found the stick of leading scorer Frank Vatrano in the slot who pivoted and slid a shot past Nichols stick side. The Minutemen were 0-for-4 with the extra skater up heading into the third period but found the tying goal at 9:01, scoring 51 seconds into their fifth power play chance of the night. Freshman Brandon Montour carried the puck into the slot and buried a wrist shot top-shelf for his first career goal, knotting the game a 3-3. Naas gave UConn the lead back at 13:55, scoring his third game-winning goal of the season. The rookie forward took a feed off the boards from senior defenseman Jacob Poe and streaked up the left win. With a defender closing in, Naas was able to rifle a shot from a sharp angle, beating Mastalerz five-hole for a 4-3 lead. The Minutemen got one more power play opportunity late as Gerling was called for elbowing at 18:04. UMass used their time-out to set up for a two-man advantage if they pulled goaltender. The Minutemen got Mastalerz off the ice with 1:13 left for the extra skater but the Husky penalty kill was up to the challenge, twice clearing pucks in the closing seconds to preserve the win.
Huskies at Webster Bank Arena...
- The Huskies have five games on their 2014-15 schedule at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.
- UConn is 3-2-0 all-time and 2-1-0 this season when playing in Bridgeport.
- The Huskies finished 1-1-0 in the Frozen Holiday Classic last week at the arena. UConn beat Union, 3-2, and lost to UMass Lowell in the championship game, 3-1.
- UConn beat Sacred Heart, 4-0, in 2012-13 and lost to the Pioneers, 2-1, in 2010-11 at the Bridgeport arena.
- The Huskies will host Colorado College (Jan. 6th) and Hockey East foe Notre Dame (Jan. 18th) in Bridgeport.