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- The Huskies welcome instate rival and former Atlantic Hockey foe Sacred Heart to the XL Center on Tuesday night. UConn is 2-3-0 against the Pioneers under head coach Mike Cavanaugh, having lost two-straight.
- UConn is coming off a 3-3 tie at No. 4 ranked Boston College on Saturday night and are now 4-8-3 in Hockey East. The Huskies are in seventh place in the current Hockey East standings.
- Sophomore Tanner Creel got the both starts over the weekend for an injured Rob Nichols. Creel posted a 30 saves in the loss to Vermont and came back to save 28 in earning a 3-3 tie with BC.
- UConn’s power play has scored in three-straight games and four of the last five. The Huskies are seventh in the league and 21st nationally at 19.6% (20-102).
- UConn’s penalty kill hasn’t allowed a power play goal in six-straight contests. The Huskies have killed off 19-straight penalties dating back to the 5-2 win over Arizona State on January 5th.
- Freshman Max Letunov enters tonight’s game riding a point streak of five-straight games, while posting at least a point in 13 of the last 14. He leads the club with 27 points (11g-16a) and is averaging 1.08 ppg, 11th in Hockey East
- Letunov’s 27 points is ranked sixth in Hockey East and ranks second among league rookies.
- Freshman Tage Thompson has 20 points, fifth among HEA rookies. He has scored a point in 11 of the last 15 games, collecting 13 points over that stretch (6g-7a-13p).
- Thompson scored his ninth power play goal in last night’s loss to Vermont. His nine power play goals leads the nation.
Last Time Out... UConn freshman Max Letunov scored the game-tying goal at 11:04 in the third period as the Huskies came away with a 3-3 tie at No. 4 nationally ranked Boston College Saturday night from Kelley Rink at the Conte Forum. Letunov scored a goal for the third-straight game and ran his point streak to five-straight games. The rookie has had at least a point in 13 of the last 14 games. UConn’s Jesse Schwartz and Patrick Kirtland provided the other Husky goals on the night. Sophomore goaltender Tanner Creel drew the start for the second-straight night and stopped 28 Boston College shots. Both teams fired off 31 shots over the three periods and overtime. Schwartz gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the first period before BC’s Travis Jeke tied it late in the period. The Eagles went up 2-1 on an Alex Tuch goal just 2:30 into the second. Kirtland scored his sixth of the season to tie it but a later period goal gave BC the 3-2 lead at the second break. The Eagles scored on a delayed penalty call with freshman Colin White scoring his 14th. Letunov got the Huskies their tie scoring his second power play goal of the season at 10:46 of the third.
Last Meeting with SHU... Sacred Heart senior goaltender Andrew Bodnarchuk made 29 saves to deal the UConn Huskies a 2-0 loss last season from The Taft School in Watertown, Conn. Senior Drew George beat UConn goaltender Rob Nichols at 3:26 of the first period for the only goal SHU would need. The Sacred Heart defense put the clamps on from there in front of Bodnarchuk and Zach Luczyk tacked on an empty net goal at 19:18. Shots were even at 29 apiece but the Huskies finished 0-4 on the power play.
Scouting the Pioneers... Sacred Heart takes a break from their Atlantic Hockey schedule to face the Huskies in their final non-league game of the season. The Pioneers are looking to bounce back from being swept at home over the weekend by RIT, 3-1 and 5-3. Junior Justin Danforth leads the team with 13 goals and 13 assists, putting him 10th in Atlantic Hockey in scoring. Rookie goaltender Brett Magnus has been impressive in his first season sporting a 2.37 goals against with a .919 save percentage. The Pioneers are currently seventh in the AHA standings at 8-10-2 in league play.
UConn vs. Atlantic Hockey...
- UConn was one of the inaugural members of the Atlantic Hockey Association and played in the conference for 11 seasons (2003-2014).
- This season, the Huskies also took on former league foe Army, falling 2-0 at home back in November.
- The Huskies best-ever finish in the league came in 2012-13 when they posted a 19-14-4 mark.
- UConn advanced to the AHA semifinals four times but never appeared in a league championship game.