The UConn Huskies and Providence Friars close out their Hockey East series Saturday night from Schneider Arena. The Huskies and No. 13 nationally ranked Friars battled to a 2-2 tie on Wednesday night from the XL Center in Hartford. The Huskies are unbeaten in their last three (1-0-2) and have climbed into a seventh place tie with Northeastern in the Hockey East standings with 14 points. UConn is a point behind Vermont and Notre Dame in fifth and three points behind the Friars in fourth.
UConn vs. Providence All-Time Series... The all-time series is tied, 1-1-2. The Huskies and Friars met for the first time as Hockey East foes on Wednesday night, skating to a 2-2 tie in their first meeting in Hartford. The Huskies made history last season when they notched the program’s first-ever win over a nationally ranked top-10 opponent thanks to a 3-2 win at #9 ranked Providence. The Friars posted a 4-3 win in 2004-05 and the two teams skated to a 2-2 tie in the first-ever meeting in 2001-02.
- The Huskies have gone to overtime nine times this season producing seven ties. UConn’s seven ties is tied for the most in the nation with AIC. The seven ties match the program’s high mark set in 2001-02 (13-16-7) and 2003-04 (12-16-7)
- Sophomore Rob Nichols posted 33 saves on Wednesday night and has now had 30 or more saves in 10 of his last 11 games.
- Senior Trevor Gerling has scored goals in back-to-back games and has had a point in two of the last three.
- Junior Shawn Pauly leads the team and is tied for 15th in the league with 14 assists. His 14 assists matches his career-best posted during his freshman season.
- Freshman Spencer Naas has four game winning goals this season, tied the Hockey East lead. He leads the team with 11 goals and is third in Hockey East and the nation in rookie goal scoring. His 14 points ties him for 12th among league rookies.
- UConn leads Hockey East and is fourth in the nation blocking 16.44 shots per game. Four Huskies rank in the top-12 in the league in shots blocked - Jacob Poe (50/4th), Derek Pratt (48/5th-t), Patrick Kirtland (47/8th-t), Kyle Huson (43/11th-t)
Last Time Out... UConn got goals from senior Trevor Gerling and sophomore Brent Norris and a 33 save effort by sophomore Rob Nichols in net to come away with a 2-2 tie against the No. 13 nationally ranked Providence Friars Wednesday night at the XL Center in Hartford. Nichols needed to make just five saves in the first period but the ice tilted the Friars way in the second as the sophomore netminder turned away 15. Providence finished with a 35-25 edge on shots and twice erased Husky leads on Wednesday. The Huskies grabbed a 1-0 lead early in the first on Norris’ second goal of the season but the Friars pulled even midway through as Brooks Behling scored his first on the year. The Huskies struck just 37 seconds into the second on Gerling’s eighth of the year. Providence capitalized on a 5-on-3 power play in the second as Ross Mauremann tied it at 2-2. The Huskies went to overtime for the third-straight game and ninth time this season. The Friars tested Nichols with five more shots on goal but the sophomore goaltender stood tall and delivered UConn the tie and point.
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