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The UConn Huskies welcome the No. 16/15 ranked Boston College Eagles to the XL Center Friday night to close out the season series between the two schools. The Huskies will close out the weekend with their final non-conference game of the season Saturday night at Brown University.
The Huskies are 0-2-0 against BC this season, dropping 2-1 and 2-0 decisions, both at Kelley Rink in Chestnut Hill, Mass. BC sophomore goaltender Ryan Edquist got the win in both meetings including his first career shutout.
The Eagles have four-straight and are 6-0-1 against the Huskies since UConn posted a 1-0 win in the first-ever meeting between the two schools on November 5, 2014 at the XL Center, the program’s first-ever Hockey East win.
UConn head coach Mike Cavanaugh spent 18 seasons at Boston College as an assistant coach, helping guide the Eagles to four national titles (2001, 2008, 2010, 2012).
The Huskies have won three-straight heading into Friday night’s match-up and are coming off a two-game sweep of New Hampshire in a home-and-home series. At UNH, UConn used a late third period flurry to erase a 2-1 deficit and come away with a 4-2 win. The comeback was fueled by seniors Jesse Schwartz, Spencer Naas and Corey Ronan, who all scored over the final 3:17 to give the Huskies the series opening win.
In the return meeting at the XL Center, freshman Adam Karashik scored twice, including the game-winner in the third period, and senior goaltender Tanner Creel made 31 saves to give the Huskies a 3-2 win and a four-point weekend over the Wildcats. Karashik was named the Pro Ambitions Hockey East Rookie of the Week on Monday.
UConn sits alone in seventh place in the Hockey East standings with 17 points and an 8-11-1 record. The Huskies are two points behind Maine for sixth.
Last Friday night’s win at UNH marked the first time this season the Huskies grabbed a win when trailing heading into the third period. Heading into the game, they were 0-14-1. Last season, UConn went 0-15-2 when trailing after two and in 2015-16, they were 2-15-2.
Senior goaltender Tanner Creel has started the last four games for an injured Adam Huska (wrist/no timetable). Creel is 3-1 over that stretch, sporting a .931 save percentage and a 2.01 goal against average.
UConn’s special team units rank among the best in Hockey East. The Husky power play has scored 24 goals and ranks fourth at .198 percent (24-121). The penalty kill is third in Hockey East, killing at a .833 percentage (100-120) and has killed off 19-straight heading into this weekend.
This Season vs. BC ...
GAME 1 (November 7, 2017)
UConn senior Jeff Wight scored a power play goal in the second but Boston College answered with a shorthanded score and a power play goal of their own in the period to come away with a 2-1 Hockey East win at Kelley Rink in early November. After a scoreless first period, UConn’s Wight gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead with a power play goal at 5:01 in the second period. The Eagles would tie it at 10:10 on a sophomore Julias Mattila shorthanded goal followed by junior defenseman Michael Kim’s game-winner at 16:34 in the second, coming on the power play. BC sophomore goaltender Ryan Edquist made 27 saves to earn the win. The Eagles held a 36-28 edge on shots and were 1-for-5 on the power play. The Huskies finished 1-for-6 on the power play, scoring their first power play goal in five games. Sophomore goaltender Adam Huska stopped 34 shots in the loss, his second highest total on the year.
GAME 2 (December 30, 2017)
The UConn men’s hockey team was stymied by the Boston College defense in front of sophomore goaltender Ryan Edquist who made 23 saves to lead the No. 14 ranked Eagles to a 2-0 shutout win over the Huskies at Kelley Rink in the second meeting this season between the two clubs. The Eagles limited the UConn offense to 23 shots in front of Edquist, who recorded his first career shutout. Edquist earned his third win on the season and beat the Huskies for the second time this year. The only goal BC would need came in the first period on the power play. Sophomore David Cotton provided the game-winner at 12:43 in the first, his first power play goal of the season. The Huskies had a 5-on-3 power play chance in the second period but came up empty looking for the tying goal. UConn finished the game 0-for-4 with the extra skater. BC tacked on their second goal in the third period as sophomore Ron Greco put home a rebound in front of the net for a two-goal cushion. The Eagles finished the afternoon with a 29-23 edge on the shot chart. UConn goaltender Adam Huska made 27 saves in taking the loss.
Scouting the Eagles ...
The Boston College Eagles come into the weekend ranked No. 16 in the USCHO.com top-20 poll and No. 15 in the USA Today top-15 rankings. The Eagles sit atop the Hockey East standings with a 13-5-0 record and 26 points, two point in front of Northeastern and three points in front of Providence. BC is coming off a split with UMass Lowell last weekend, losing on the road, 3-2, and rebounding at home for a 5-2 win. Sophomore David Cotton is the team’s leading scorer with 19 points (7g/12a) while classmate Graham McPhee is the top-goal scorer with 11 on the season. Sophomore Joseph Woll has a 2.68 goals against average and a .903 save percentage in 20 appearances this season.
Last Time Out ...
UConn freshman Adam Karashik scored a pair of goals including the game-winner to lead the Huskies to a Hockey East sweep of New Hampshire thanks to a 3-2 win last Saturday afternoon at the XL Center. UConn senior goaltender Tanner Creel stopped a season-high 31 shots to record his third win on the season. The UConn special teams had another good night, scoring a second period power play goal while killing off all seven UNH power plays. Karashik gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the first before UNH’s Marcus Vela tied the score with 17 seconds left in the period. The Huskies got a five-minute power play chance at the start of the second and sophomore Wyatt Newpower buried his second goal of the season for a 2-1 lead heading to the third. The Wildcats tied the game in the opening minutes of the third as Charlie Kelleher converted on a two-on-one chance making it 2-2. Karashik provided the game-winner at 10:42, bouncing a slap shot past goaltender Mike Robinson. The Huskies held a 36-33 edge on shots.
Frosh Karashik Named HEA Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week ...
UConn freshman defenseman Adam Karashik was named the Pro Ambitions Hockey East Rookie of the Week on Monday after helping lead the Huskies to a weekend sweep of New Hampshire. Karashik made his return to the UConn lineup this past weekend after missing six games with a hand injury. The rookie blue liner finished the weekend with three points as UConn took all four points with a 4-2 win on the road and a 3-2 win at home. On Friday night, Karashik helped set up the game-tying goal late in the third period, feeding senior Jesse Schwartz who started the Huskies’ late game comeback. On Saturday, Karashik had his first career multi-goal game, scoring twice, including the game-winner in the third period. On the season, Karashik has seven points on four goals and three assists in 22 games.
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