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Huskies Open Hockey East Play at #8 BU

Oct. 23, 2015

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The Last Meeting
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November 22, 2014
Hartford, Conn. - XL Center
UConn Falls to #3 Boston University, 5-2
The UConn men's hockey team scored twice in the third period to pull within a goal of No. 3 ranked Boston University before the Terriers tacked on two late goals, including an empty netter, to notch a 5-2 Hockey East win Saturday afternoon in front of 7,712 fans at the XL Center. The Huskies got goals from senior Cody Sharib (Needham, Mass.) and freshman Corey Ronan (Franklin, Mass.) in the loss as UConn falls to 3-6-4 overall and 2-3-1 in Hockey East.

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  • UConn opens the Hockey East schedule facing No. 8 ranked Boston University on Saturday. The Terriers make the return trip to Hartford on Tuesday night.
  • Freshman Max Letunov has posted a point in every game this season and leads the Huskies with six points (3g/3a). The freshman was named the season’s first Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week after a hat-trick in his collegiate debut in a 5-2 win at Alabama Huntsville.
  • Offensively, UConn has spread the wealth over the first three games. Nine different Huskies have scored a goal and 17 different players have registered at least a point. Over the first three games, 17 of the 21 different UConn skaters that have dressed have posted points.
  • As a team, the Huskies have 18 combined freshmen and sophomores, tied for the fourth highest combined total in the nation. 10 of UConn’s 12 goals this season have been scored by a freshman or sophomore while the two combined classes have registered 25 points.
  • The Husky power play got untracked in the Arizona State win, registering a pair of power play goals, both by sophomore Spencer Naas. Last season, Naas led the Huskies with 13 goals but none came on the power play.
  • UConn registered their first shorthanded goal under Head Coach Mike Cavanaugh in last Friday’s win. Sophomore Kasperi Ojantakanen scored shorthanded in the first period to give UConn a 1-0 lead. It was the first shorthanded goal by a Husky since Jordan Sims got one at Robert Morris on January 12, 2013.

Last Meeting with BU... The Huskies went 0-1-1 against the Terriers last season. UConn got four points each from Trevor Gerling and Shawn Pauly to come away with a 4-4 tie at then No. 5 ranked Boston University in early November. The Huskies took a 3-2 lead in the third but back-to-back Terrier goals put BU up with just over four minutes to play. Pauly provided the game-tying goal just over a minute later and goaltender Rob Nichols made 30 saves to keep the tie intact. In the return match-up in Hartford, the Huskies used a pair of third period goals by Cody Sharib and Corey Ronan to pull within 3-2 but the then No. 3 ranked Terriers tacked on two late, including an empty netter, to take home a 5-2 win.

Scouting the Terriers... The Boston University Terriers come in to the weekend at 1-1-0 on the young season and ranked No. 8 in this week’s Top-20 and No. 7 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Top-15 polls. The Terriers are coming off a 4-1 win over Wisconsin at home a week ago. BU also hosted the U.S. National Under-18 team in an exhibition last weekend, falling 7-4. Coming into the season, the Terriers were tabbed to finish second in the Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll, earning three first place votes. Senior Danny O’Regan returns after a 50 point (23g/27a) season last year and entered his final season with 110 career points. Classmate Matt Grzelcyk is back on the blue line after a 10 goal, 28 assist season last year. The duo were both named to the College Hockey News Preseason All-American team.

Last Time Out... UConn sophomore Spencer Naas scored a pair of power play goals to lead the Huskies to a 5-1 win over Arizona State in the home opener last Friday night from the XL Center. The Huskies used a three goal first period and added a shorthanded goal en route to their second win on the young season. Freshman Max Letunov picked up assists on both Naas goals as the Huskies went two-for-six on the power play. UConn held a 41-25 edge in the shot department while sophomore goaltender Rob Nichols picked up his second win on the year making 24 stops. In the first, sophomore Kasperi Ojantakanen scored shorthanded, freshman Max Kalter added his first collegiate goal, and Naas notched his first of two power play scores to give UConn a 3-0 lead. Senior Shawn Pauly scored his first of the season in the second and Naas tacked on his second extra man goal in the third to cap UConn’s second five-goal effort on the year.

Husky Hockey on the UConn IMG Audio Network... The University of Connecticut men’s ice hockey team will receive extensive coverage this season on the UConn IMG Audio Network with the debut of the “UConn Hockey Radio Show” with head coach Mike Cavanaugh and game coverage of 12 Husky contests.

The “UConn Hockey Radio Show” will be broadcast from Dave and Buster’s in Manchester from 7-8 p.m. The shows will take place on: Wednesday, 11/4; Monday, 11/9; Tuesday, 12/8; Monday, 1/18; Monday, 1/25; Monday, 2/1; Monday, 2/22; and Wednesday, 3/2.

The game broadcast schedule will be: 10/27 vs. Boston University; 10/31 vs. Notre Dame; 11/6 vs. UMass; 11/10 vs. Army; 11/24 vs. Boston College; 12/6 at UMass-Lowell; 1/22 vs. Vermont; 1/23 at Boston College; 1/26 vs. Sacred Heart; 2/2 vs. Brown; 2/19 vs. Northeastern; 2/26 vs. New Hampshire

The host of the “UConn Hockey Radio Show” and primary play-by-play announcer of the games will be Rich Coppola, who has been the sports director at Fox61 since 1989. Coppola is an eight-time winner of the Connecticut Sportscaster of the Year Award – given by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Coppola will be joined on many of the game broadcasts by Joe D’Ambrosio, the voice of UConn men’s basketball and football and Bob Joyce, the voice of Husky women’s basketball on the network.