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- The Huskies wrap-up a season-long seven game road swing this weekend by returning to Hockey East play with a weekend series at Maine. UConn took three of four points from the Black Bears last season, including their first-ever win in a Orono, a 2-1 overtime thriller.
- UConn ended December 2-0-1 in Hockey East play and enter the weekend in 10th place in the standings with seven points. Just four points separates Providence in fifth and the Huskies in 10th in the standings. UConn is just two points in front of Maine in 11th.
- Senior Patrick Kirtland has recorded at least a point in each of the five games on this current road trip (3g-3a-6p). Kirtland has 12 points (5g-7a) on the season.
- Senior Joey Ferriss matched his career-high with two goals in last weekend’s 3-0 win over Arizona State. The UConn senior class of Ferriss, Kirtland, Shawn Pauly and Kyle Huson had five points in the win (3g-2a) over the Sun Devils.
- Freshman Tage Thompson leads the team with nine goals and is second on the club with 17 points. He has scored a point in eight of the last 11 games, collecting 10 points over that stretch (5g-5a-10p).
- Thompson has eight power play goals this season, tying him with New Hampshire’s Dan Correale for the most in the NCAA.
- Freshman Max Letunov has a point in nine of the last 10 games and had a streak of eight-straight games registering a point in that stretch. He leads the club with 23 points (8g-15a) and is averaging 1.10 points per game, ninth in Hockey East
- Letunov’s 23 points is ranked fifth in Hockey East and ranks second among league rookies. His 15 assists is second among HEA rookies and sixth overall.
- Letunov’s 12 power play assists is tied for first in the nation with UNH’s Tyler Kelleher.
Last Season vs. Maine... The Huskies took three of a four points last season in their first meetings with Maine as part of Hockey East. UConn won the first game of a weekend home-and-home series with the Black Bears as rookie Spencer Naas buried the game-winner with 20.3 seconds left in overtime on the road at Alfond Arena. Goaltender Rob Nichols made 41 saves on the night, five coming in overtime to help set up Naas’ heroics. The Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the second on a Cody Sharib goal but Maine’s Devin Shore tied it at 13:55 of the third. In the rematch in Hartford, second period goals by Ryan Tyson and Trevor Gerling erased a 2-0 Maine lead and gave the Huskies a 2-2 tie and three points on the weekend. UConn’s Nichols and Maine’s Sean Romeo each had 29 saves on the afternoon.
Scouting the Black Bears... The Maine Black Bears return to conference play this weekend after a split at home against Colgate last weekend. The Black Bears won the opener 3-1 before falling in game two, 5-1. Maine is 2-5-1 in Hockey East play and sits in 11th in the league standings. The Black Bears two wins came in a late November home sweep over Vermont. Maine enters the series averaging just 1.86 goals per game, second to only Arizona State for the lowest scoring output in the country. Senior Will Merchant has been the team’s top-scorer with 13 points on eight goals and five assists. Junior Dan Renouf is among the top-10 in scoring among the league’s defensmen with 12 points (5g/7a). The Black Bears are the second most penalized team in the league averaging 14.7 penalty minutes per game.
Last Time Out... UConn senior Joey Ferriss scored a pair of goals and junior goaltender Rob Nichols made 20 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Huskies beat Arizona State in the Desert Hockey Classic consolation game Sunday from the Gila River Arena in Glendale. UConn swept all three meetings with the Sun Devils this season, winning by a combined score of 13-3. The Huskies finished 1-for-4 on the power play and held a 29-20 edge on shots. Nichols picks-up his first shutout this season the seventh of his career. Ferriss matched his career-high with two goals (2g vs. Holy Cross – 2/15/14) while senior Shawn Pauly tacked on a power play goal for the Huskies in the win. For the second-straight meeting, the Huskies and Sun Devils played a scoreless first period with UConn striking first in the second. The Huskies fired 13 shots on goal in the first period but couldn’t beat Ryland Pashovitz until the 7:50 mark of the second. Ferriss got his first, and the game-winner, on a redirect off a Kyle Huson shot. The Huskies made it 2-0 as Pauly scored on the power play at 15:50. Ferriss closed out the scoring in the third period, getting a turnover in the ASU zone and beating Pashovitz with a wrist shot at 15:01.