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- UConn wraps the regular season with a home-and-home series against New Hampshire this weekend. The Huskies are tied with Maine for 10th place in the standings with 12 points and finish as high as eighth or as low as 12th.
- The Huskies are one point behind Merrimack in ninth, two points back of New Hampshire in eighth and three points back of Vermont in seventh. UConn is winless in their last eight Hockey East games (0-5-3) heading into the weekend.
- UConn will honor their five graduating seniors before Friday night’s final home game at the XL Center. Seniors Patrick Kirtland, Shawn Pauly, Joey Ferriss and Kyle Huson will play their final home game. UConn will also recognize Tyler Helton who played for the Huskies his freshman year and has assisted the coaching staff the past three seasons as a manager.
- Freshman Max Letunov has set new UConn Division I rookie records for points (36), goals (15) and assists (21).
- Letunov had three assists last weekend and has had a point in three-straight games and 19 of the last 21 games. He is averaging 1.12 points per game, tied for fifth in Hockey East. He is second to BC’s Colin White (39pts) in the league among rookies in scoring
- Freshman Tage Thompson has 28 points, fourth among HEA rookies. He has scored a point in 16 of the last 22 games. His 11 power play goals leads the nation.
- The UConn power play has produced 25 goals this season, 14th nationally. The Huskies rank eighth in the conference and 20th nationally at .195 (25-128).
Last Time Out... The Huskies dropped a 4-1 decision to Northeastern last Saturday night from Matthews Arena in Boston. The Huskies were swept for the second-straight weekend and are winless in their last eight Hockey East games (0-5-3). Northeastern picked-up their fifth-straight win and are unbeaten in their last six (5-0-1) and continued their torrid pace in the second semester, raising their record to 11-1-2 since January 1st. UConn senior Patrick Kirtland scored the lone Husky goal while junior Rob Nichols made 29 saves in net in taking the loss. Northeastern got a five-minute power play in the second period and took advantage putting two on the board from Garret Cockerill and Nolan Stevens. Kirtland delivered on the power play late in the second but Northeastern put the clamps on defensively in the third while tacking on two more to sweep the weekend. Goaltender Ryan Ruck made 23 saves to earn the win.
Last Season vs. UNH... The Huskies and Wildcats met four times last season in UConn’s first year in Hockey East. New Hampshire swept all four meetings including a Hockey East first round playoff series. UConn lost the season series, falling at home 4-1 and the return match-up in Durham, 5-1. In the opening round of the playoffs at the Whittemore Center, UNH took game one, 5-2. The Wildcats went 3-of-4 on the power play and got two goals each from Tyler Kelleher and Grayson Downing in the win. In the game two clincher, UNH shutout the Huskies 2-0 behind goals by Downing and Kyle Smith. UConn goaltender Rob Nichols stopped a then career-high 42 shots in the season-ending loss.
Scouting the Wildcats... The New Hampshire Wildcats come into the weekend at 4-10-6 in eighth place in Hockey East. The Wildcats are winless over the last two weekends (0-2-2) and have only posted two wins since January 1st (2-10-2). UNH has two of the top scorers in not only the league but the nation in sophomore Andrew Poturalski and Tyler Kelleher. Poturalski has 48 points on 22 goals and 26 assists, leading the conference in points and goals. Kelleher is second in Hockey East with 42 points on eight goals and 34 assists. The duo rank second and sixth, respectively, in the NCAA in scoring. Poturalski has 22 points on the power play this season to lead the NCAA while Kelleher’s 34 assists is tied for the national lead. The Wildcats have the top-power play unit in the league and are ranked sixth nationally, scoring 33 goals and converting at 24.3% (33-136).
Hockey East Playoffs... Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the Huskies are currently tied for 10th place with three points separating seventh place and 10th place.
- The teams in fifth through eighth place will host the ninth through 12th place teams in the opening round of the playoffs next weekend.
- The Huskies are currently tied with Maine, both at 12 points. UConn and Maine are one point behind Merrimack in ninth, two points back of New Hampshire in eighth and three points back of Vermont in seventh.
- UConn can still finish as high as eighth and as low as 12th in the final standings. In order to get to 8th in the standings, the Huskies will need to go unbeaten against New Hampshire and get help.
- The Huskies won the season series with Maine (1-0-1), tied with Merrimack (0-0-2) and lost both series with Vermont (0-2-0) and UMass (0-2-0).
- Northeastern has clinched the No. 6 spot in the playoffs and will host an opening round series while Boston College and Providence have secured opening round byes heading into the final weekend.
- Notre Dame, Boston University and UMass Lowell will enter the final weekend battling for the No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the playoffs.
Senior Night... The Huskies will honor their five graduating seniors before Friday night’s home game.
- Captain Patrick Kirtland has appeared in 133 career games. He has 48 career points on 21 goals and 27 assists.
- Alternate Captain Shawn Pauly has played in 136 career games and scored 81 career points coming on 27 goals and 54 assists.
- Kyle Huson has appeared in 130 games during his four year. He has three goals and 14 assists for 17 career points.
- Joey Ferriss has played in 116 games during his career. He has 28 career points on 12 goals and 16 assists.
- Tyler Helton played for the Huskies his freshman season. The past three years he has assisted the UConn coaching staff with scouting, practice planning and film breakdown.
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