The Huskies return to action on Wednesday night with a trip downstate to face the No. 3/4 Quinnipiac Bobcats. UConn is coming off a pair of road ties last weekend, 4-4 at Colgate and 1-1 at RIT. The Huskies will return home to the XL Center Friday night to play host to former Atlantic Hockey foe AIC.
UConn is unbeaten through the first four games (2-0-2), matching the program’s best-ever start. It is just the third time in program history a UConn team has opened unbeaten in their first four, matching the starts of the 1998-99 (3-0-1) and 1975-76 (4-0-0) squads.
For the second-straight week, the Huskies received votes in the USCHO.com Top-20 coaches’ poll. The Huskies had 10 points in this week’s poll.
Defensively, the Huskies are allowing 1.25 goals per game, ranked fourth nationally, and own a pair of early season shutouts. The UConn penalty killing unit has allowed just one power play goal (20/21) and rank fourth killing at a .952 percentage.
Freshman goaltender Adam Huska made his collegiate debut Saturday night at RIT and turned in 36 saves in a 1-1 tie with the Tigers. Huska, a New York Rangers prospect, kept RIT off the board for the first two periods in his debut.
Senior goaltender Rob Nichols has a 1.30 goals against, a .944 save percentage and a pair of shutouts over three games this season.
Sophomore Tage Thompson leads the team with six points on four goals and two assists. Three of Thompson’s four goals this season have come at even strength. Last season, he finished with 14 goals, 13 coming on the power play, a number that led the nation.
Over the weekend, junior captain Derek Pratt scored his first collegiate goal in the tie at Colgate. Pratt’s first goal came in the junior’s 72nd career game. Classmate David Drake picked-up his first goal on the season in the Colgate tie, ending a stretch of 58 games without a goal.
Grad Student Brian Morgan scored his first Husky goal last weekend, finding the back of the net against Colgate. Morgan played the previous three seasons at Maine where he scored 17 goals.
LAST MEETING WITH QU
The Huskies led 2-0 in the first period before the No. 2/3 ranked Quinnipiac Bobcats came roaring back with six unanswered goals, four on the power play, to come away with a 6-2 win at the XL Center last November. UConn got a pair of first period goals from Joseph Masonius and Max Kalter in the loss. The Huskies took a season-high 12 penalties in the loss, six coming in the second period where Quinnipiac put four goals on the board. The Bobcats out shot UConn 38-15 on the night, holding the Huskies to just seven total shots over the second and third periods. QU’s Sam Anas scored a pair and added an assist.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Quinnipiac comes into Wednesday night’s game at 2-1-1 on the season and were ranked third in this week’s USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine top-15 poll and fourth in the USCHO.com top-20 poll. The Bobcats traveled to Maine last weekend and played a pair of overtime games, falling on Friday night, 4-3, and rebounding on Saturday for a 3-2 win. QU is in the midst of a seven-game stretch against Hockey East teams to open their season. They will travel to BU on Saturday and host UMass next week. Senior Tim Clifton has four points on the year, scoring three goals with an assist. Ten different Bobcats have scored a goal through the first four games this season. In goal, junior Chris Truel sports a 2.57 goals against with a .915 save percentage in three games.
UCONN VS. ECAC
UConn is 16-52-10 all-time against teams from the ECAC.
The Huskies came up with a 4-4 tie at Colgate on Friday night. UConn will also face Quinnipiac and Yale this season and potentially Brown in the Desert Hockey Classic.
The Huskies were 1-1-0 against the ECAC last season, beating Brown 3-1 and falling to then No. 2 Quinnipiac, 6-2, both at home.
Under head coach Mike Cavanaugh, the Huskies are 3-3-1 against the ECAC.
The Huskies have faced Brown (2-5-1), Colgate (2-5-1), Dartmouth (0-2-0), Princeton (0-3-0), Quinnipiac (11-16-2), Rensselaer (0-3-2), Union (1-7-4) and Yale (0-11-0) from the league.
UConn has never met Clarkson, Cornell, Harvard and St. Lawrence.