UConn will close their season series with Boston College Tuesday night with a trip to Chestnut Hill to face the No. 13/11 ranked Eagles. BC won the first meeting this season, 5-2, at the XL Center back in November.
Since beating the Eagles in the first-ever meeting between the two schools in 2014-15, Boston College is 3-0-1 against the Huskies in the series.
The Huskies are coming off a 5-4 loss at Vermont on Friday night, their fifth-straight defeat at the hands of the Catamounts. The two teams will square off again on Friday night from the XL Center in downtown Hartford.
UConn is currently seventh in the Hockey East standings with a 5-5-2 mark and 12 points. Boston College sits at the top of the conference at 10-3-1 (21 pts) with Boston University right behind at 9-2-2 (20 pts).
Sophomore Tage Thompson came up with a pair of goals in the loss, his sixth multi-goal game of the season, and ninth of his career. Friday's loss marked the first UConn loss when Thompson scores two or more in a game (7-1-1).
Thompson leads the Huskies with 16 goals on the season and is second to Northeastern's Zach Aston-Reese (22) in the league rankings. He is tied for fifth nationally among the NCAA's top-goal scorers.
Junior Karl El-Mir returned to the UConn line-up on Friday night, making his first appearance since the UMass game on December 9th, a span of five games (illness). El-Mir came up with a power play goal in the loss, his seventh goal on the season. In 19 games this season, El-Mir has 10 points.
Sophomore Maxim Letunov had a goal and an assist against Vermont, his team-leading ninth multi-point game this season. Letunov is second on the team with 22 points and has a team-best 16 assists, tied for 10th in Hockey East. Over his last seven games, Letunov has nine points (2g/7a).
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
The Boston College Eagles come in ranked No. 13 in this week's USCHO.com top-20 poll and No. 11 in the USA Today/USA Hockey top-15. The Eagles opened last week by being shutout by rival Boston University, 3-0, but bounced back on Friday night to beat UMass at home, 6-1. BC currently sits atop the Hockey East standings with a 10-3-1 league mark and 21 points. The Terriers are right on their heels with 20 points. BC has a balanced scoring attack with 12 players posting double-digit points. Senior Matthew Gaudreau leads the way with 23 points on six goals and 17 assists. Sophomore Colin White is the team's top goal scorer, finding the back of the net 11 times this season. In goal, freshman Joseph Woll has been among the league's best goaltenders with a 2.39 goals against average and a .922 save percentage.
LAST MEETING WITH BC
The No. 4 Boston College Eagles got a hat trick from sophomore JD Dudek on the way to a 5-2 win over the UConn Huskies on November 22nd at the XL Center in Hartford. The Huskies got goals from sophomores Max Kalter and Miles Gendron in the loss. In addition to Dudek's first career hat trick, BC got goals from senior Ryan Fitzgerald and freshman Julius Mattila in the win. Fitzgerald finished the night with three points, adding a pair of assists to his totals while Mattila had an assist to go with his goal. Senior Austin Cangelosi picked-up a pair of assists in the win. For the Huskies, Kalter scored his first of the season with just 24 seconds left in the first period to give UConn a 1-0 lead going into the locker room. Trailing 4-1 midway through the third period, Gendron pulled the Huskies to within a goal, scoring his second on the season. Dudek would put the game out of reach by finishing off the hat trick at 17:52 producing the 5-2 final. In goal, UConn's Adam Huska made 24 saves to take his first Hockey East loss of the season. BC freshman Joe Woll stopped 18 shots to earn the win. The Eagles finished with a 29-20 edge on shots and were 1-of-5 on the power play. The Huskies finished 0-for-4 with the extra skater.