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Huskies Face No. 5 Providence in Home-and-Home Series

Feb. 11, 2016

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The Last Meeting
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February 7, 2015
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UConn Suffers 10-1 Loss at #13 Providence
Providence College junior Nick Saracino recorded a hat-trick to lead the No. 13 nationally ranked Friars to a 10-1 Hockey East win over the UConn Huskies Saturday night from Schneider Arena. Seven other Friars also found the back of the net as the Huskies allowed double digit goals for the first time since the 2002-03 season in the loss.

Ice Chips…

  • UConn has six games left on the slate starting with a home-and-home against No. 5 ranked Providence this weekend. The Huskies are tied for sixth in the Hockey East standings with New Hampshire, Northeastern and Vermont all with 12 points. Just four points currently separates the four teams in sixth and 12th place (UMass - 8 pts) in the standings.
  • Freshman Max Letunov was named the Warrior Hockey Player of the Week by Hockey East on Monday after extending his point streak to eight-straight games and setting a new UConn rookie goal record last week.
  • Letunov has scored a goal in six-straight games with seven goals during that span. He has 15 goals on the season, setting a new UConn Division I freshman goal scoring record. His 31 points (15g/16a) is two points away from tying the UConn Division I rookie point record.
  • Letunov takes an eight-game point streak into this weekend and has collected at least a point in 16 of his last 17 games. He has nine points (7g/2a) on his current streak.
  • Letunov’s 31 points is tied for fifth in Hockey East in scoring and ranks second among league rookies. He is averaging 1.11 ppg, sixth in Hockey East.
  • Nationally, Letunov ranks third among rookies in points and fourth in goals scored.
  • Freshman Tage Thompson has 24 points, fourth among HEA rookies. He has scored a point in 13 of the last 18 games. He is ranked eighth nationally in points and goals.
  • Thompson has nine power play goals this season to lead Hockey East and the NCAA.
  • Junior goaltender Rob Nichols has missed the last five games with injury (ankle). Sophomore Tanner Creel has started four of the five games going 0-2-2 with a 3.38 goals against and a .900 save percentage.

Last Season vs. Providence... UConn went 0-1-1 against the Providence Friars last season in their first meetings as Hockey East foes. In the first meeting, UConn got goals from Trevor Gerling and Brent Norris and a 33 save effort by Rob Nichols in net to come away with a 2-2 tie at home. UConn had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but the Friars had answer each time on goals by Brooks Behling and Ross Mauremann. In the return match-up in Providence, Nick Saracino recorded a hat-trick to lead the No. 13 ranked Friars to a 10-1 win in Schneider Arena. Seven other Friars also found the back of the net as the Huskies allowed double digit goals for the first time since the 2002-03 season. Providence finished the game two-for-four on the power play, scoring twice on 5-on-3 opportunities, while also adding a pair of shorthanded goals. The Huskies were outshot 43-25 on the night and their lone goal came from Evan Richardson.

Scouting the Friars... The Providence Friars are ranked No. 5 in both national polls this week and are coming off a weekend sweep at Maine. The Friars are 10-3-3 in Hockey East and sit fourth in the league standings. Seniors Mark Jankowski and Trevor Mingoia lead the team in scoring both at 28 points. Sophomore Jake Walman is the top-scoring defensemen in Hockey East and ranks second in the NCAA with 26 points on 13 goals and 13 assists. Junior goaltender is one of the top backstops in the conference sporting a 2.05 goals against and a .929 save percentage, both ranked third among league leaders.

Last Time Out... UConn freshman Max Letunov found the back of the net for the sixth-straight game and the 15th time this season as the Huskies came away with a 2-2 tie at Merrimack Saturday night. Letunov gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead late in the third period with his seventh goal in the last six games. The Huskies held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 Saturday night but couldn’t hold off a Merrimack team who scored the tying goal with the extra skater on the ice with 56.5 seconds left. Sophomore goaltender Tanner Creel posted a career-high 43 saves, stopping 32 over the final two periods and overtime. Merrimack held a 45-23 edge on shots while both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play. UConn’s Joona Kunnas gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the first with his first goal of the season. Merrimack got third period goals from Jace Hennig and Brian Christie to help the Warriors earn the tie. Goaltender Collin Delia made 21 saves.

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