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Huskies at Merrimack Saturday Night

Feb. 5, 2016

Game Notes at Merrimack Get Acrobat Reader

The Last Meeting
December 11, 2015
Hartford, Conn. - XL Center
Huskies and No. 19 Merrimack Skate to 3-3 Tie
The UConn men’s hockey team got a late power play goal from freshman Joseph Masonius (Spring Lake, N.J.) and a stop by Rob Nichols (Dallas, Texas) on a breakaway in the final seconds to help the Huskies to a 3-3 tie with No. 19 ranked Merrimack Friday night in front of 4,814 at the XL Center.

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Ice Chips…

  • The Huskies enter the stretch run of the Hockey East schedule starting Saturday night at Merrimack. UConn has seven games left on the slate as they sit tied with Northeastern for seventh in the standings with 11 points. Just four points currently separates sixth place (Vermont - 12 pts) and 12th place (UMass - 8 pts) in the standings.
  • UConn ended non-conference play with a 3-1 win at home over Brown Tuesday night. The Huskies finished the year 5-7-0 against non-league opponents, 1-3 against the WCHA, 1-1 against the ECAC, 0-1 against the Big Ten, 0-2 against Atlantic Hockey and 3-0 against independent Arizona State.
  • Freshman Max Letunov is riding a point scoring streak of seven-straight games while posting at least a point in 15 of the last 16. He has scored a goal in five-straight and has eight points (6g/2a) on this current point streak.
  • Letunov leads the club with 30 points (14g-16a) and is averaging 1.11 ppg, eighth in Hockey East. His 30 points is tied for fifth in the league in scoring and is second among rookies.
  • Nationally, he ranks fourth among rookies in points and goals scored.
  • Letunov’s 14 goals is tied with Andrew Olson (2007-08) for the UConn Division I freshman record. He is three points behind Cole Schneider (2010-11) for the rookie points record.
  • Freshman Tage Thompson has 24 points, fourth among HEA rookies. He has scored a point in four-straight games and in 13 of the last 17 games.
  • Thompson has nine power play goals this season to lead Hockey East and the NCAA.
  • Sophomore Steve Thulin got his second start in goal on Tuesday and posted a career-high 30 saves in earning his first career win, 3-1 over Brown.
  • Freshman Marco Richter scored the game-winner to beat the Bears, his first career goal.

Last Time Out... UConn freshman Marco Richter scored the game-winning goal at 18:22 in the third period to help lift the Huskies to a 3-1 win over visiting Brown Tuesday night at the XL Center. Richter picked the perfect time to record his first career goal to help the Huskies end a four-game winless streak. Sophomore Steve Thulin earned his second career start in goal and delivered with a career-high 30 saves to earn his first collegiate victory. Freshman Max Letunov tacked on an empty net goal with 43 seconds left to seal the win, his team-leading 14th on the season, while classmate Tage Thompson picked-up a pair of assists in the win. The Huskies took and an early 1-0 lead at 7:02 in the first period after Thompson set-up sophomore Spencer Naas for his seventh on the season. The Bears tied it at 1-1 on their third power play at 10:31 of the third as Nick Lappin banged in a rebound in for his 13th on the season, knotting the game up at 1-1. Richter delivered the game-winner with less than two minutes to play and Letunov added the empty netter to seal it late.

Last Meeting with Merrimack... UConn got a late power play goal from freshman Joseph Masonius and a stop by Rob Nichols on a breakaway in the final seconds to get a 3-3 tie with No. 19 ranked Merrimack at home back on December 11th. UConn built a 2-0 lead after second period goals by sophomores Jesse Schwartz and Jeff Wight but saw their lead erased by three-straight Merrimack goals in the third. Freshman Ludvig Larsson ended the UConn shutout bid with his first career goal at 7:10 of the period. Merrimack got a 5-on-3 opportunity and took advantage with goals by Marc Biega and Justin Hussar just 48 seconds apart to grab a 3-2 lead. The Huskies got one more power play chance at 18:20, and just 21 seconds in Masonius blasted a slap shot past Collin Delia from the left circle to tie the game. Merrimack nearly pulled off a last second win as Larsson broke free with just seconds left and headed in untouched for a break-away. Nichols came up with the pad save just before the horn sounded to send the game to overtime.

Scouting the Warriors... Merrimack ended a 10-game losing streak last Sunday with a 10-0 win over visiting Arizona State in a non-conference tilt. The Warriors were shut out three times during the recent slide and has won just twice since November, posting a 2-12-1 mark.   Senior Brian Christie leads the team in scoring with 19 points (5g/14a) while classmate Ben Bahe has a team-high seven goals. Sophomore Collin Delia has seen the majority of minutes in net, posting a 2.83 goals against with a .894 save percentage.