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The Huskies return home to the XL Center for the first time since Dec. 11th to host the Yale Bulldogs. UConn is searching for their first-ever win over the Bulldogs, going 0-11-0 all-time in a series that dates back to 1971. This will be just the second meeting on UConn’s home ice.
UConn comes in red hot, riding a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) through the month of the December that was capped by winning the Desert Hockey Classic last week.
UConn’s five-game unbeaten streak is their longest since joining Hockey East (2014-15) and ties the longest under head coach Mike Cavanaugh. The Huskies had a 3-0-2 streak in 2013-14.
The Huskies knocked off their fourth top-20 ranked opponent this season in beating then No. 18 St. Cloud State, 4-3, on the way to winning the Desert Hockey Classic.
UConn senior goaltender Rob Nichols was named the tournament’s MVP after stopping 48 of 52 shots and picking up both wins in net on the weekend.
Junior Spencer Naas had a four-point weekend in Arizona, scoring three goals and adding an assist. Naas had his second multi-goal game of the season when he potted two against SCSU. He has four multi-goal games over his career and the Huskies are 4-0-0 in those games. Naas is UConn’s active career goals leader with 32 over 91 games.
Recently added freshman defenseman Philip Nyberg (Linköping, Sweden) made his UConn debut in the two games in Arizona, picking up an assist on Max Kalter’s game-winning goal in the 4-1 win over Brown.
Thompson and Team USA won the gold medal on Thursday night thanks to a 5-4 shootout win over Canada. Thompson finished the tournament with five points (1g/4a).
Huska and Team Slovakia advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Sweden, 8-3. He appeared in five games, making 103 saves. He posted the win in Slovakia’s 4-2 win over Latvia.
Thompson leads the Huskies with 20 points on 12 goals and eight assists.
Huska is second in Hockey East and 10th nationally with a .926 save percentage.
Nichols has a 2.45 goals against average, sixth among Hockey East goaltenders.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
The Yale Bulldogs come in at 5-6-2 overall and fresh off a 5-4 win Tuesday night at home over Northeastern. The Bulldogs got goals from five different skaters and used three in the third to top the Huskies. Yale will conclude a three-game swing against Hockey East competition on Tuesday night hosting Providence. Senior captain John Hayden leads the team with 17 points and 11 goals. He has produced eight power play goals this season, leading the nation. The Yale power play is 16th nationally, converting at .203 percent (14-69). Senior goaltender Patrick Spano has seen the majority of time in net, posting a 2.86 goals against average with a .891 save percentage.
LAST MEETING WITH YALE
The Huskies fell to instate rival Yale, 2-1, in the championship game of the Liberty Hockey Invitational at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on November 2, 2014. UConn rookie Corey Ronan picked up his first collegiate goal in the loss. Yale goaltender Alex Lyon turned in 32 saves, 17 coming in the third period, to deliver the Bulldogs their first win of the season and earn Tournament MVP honors. The Bulldogs scored both their goals in the first off the sticks of Frankie DiChiara and Cody Leonard. Ronan cut the lead in half midway through the second, burying a rebound off a Johnny Austin shot. The Huskies finished the night with a 33-24 edge on shots and failed to score on their one power play opportunity.
UCONN VS. ECAC
UConn is 17-53-10 all-time against teams from the ECAC.
The Huskies are 1-1-1 against the ECAC this season, beating Brown, 4-1, at the Desert Hockey Classic, losing at Quinnipiac, 5-2, and tying at Colgate, 4-4.
Under head coach Mike Cavanaugh, the Huskies are 4-4-2 against the ECAC.
The Huskies have faced Brown (3-5-1), Colgate (2-5-1), Dartmouth (0-2-0), Princeton (0-3-0), Quinnipiac (11-17-2), Rensselaer (0-3-2), Union (1-7-4) and Yale (0-11-0) from the league.
UConn has never met Clarkson, Cornell, Harvard and St. Lawrence.