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Men's Hockey Plays at Holy Cross Friday; Hosts No. 8 Union Saturday

Oct. 24, 2012

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STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's hockey team will travel to Worcester, Mass. to take on conference rival Holy Cross (2-0-0, 1-0-0 AHA) at the Hart Center on Friday at 7:05 pm. The Huskies will then head to Storrs to host the home opener at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Saturday against No. 8 Union College (2-1-0). The puck is set to drop at 8:00 pm.

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The Huskies will look to rebound this weekend after opening the season with a 4-1 loss at Massachusetts.

Connecticut will open conference play against Holy Cross and hopes to continue the recent success against the Crusaders. Last season, the Huskies swept Holy Cross in the three game season series for the first time in program history. UConn won all three games by at least two goals in each matchup.

Friday's contest will be the 101st meeting between the two programs dating back to 1965. UConn holds a slight edge in the series at 51-47-2.

Holy Cross is coming off of two impressive victories over Clarkson and conference opponent AIC. The Crusaders have scored nine goals in the first two games combined. They will look to attack with freshman Brandon Nunn and sophomore Jake Youso. Nunn leads the team with four points including two goals while Youso is closely behind with two goals and one assist.

For the first time in program history the Connecticut ice hockey team will host a member of the Frozen Four. Last season Union College went 26-7-7 and made a trip to the Frozen Four before losing 3-1 to Ferris State University. The Dutchmen rank No. 8 in the nation in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and polls.

The Huskies are looking for their first victory over Union. The Dutchmen have dominated the all-time series, 0-7-2.

Union has historically been very good against Atlantic Hockey opponents, with a record of 41-6-7. Since the 2009-10 season the team is 14-0-3 against the AHA.

Union opened the season with a home loss against Merrimack before two road wins at Bowling Green University. The Dutchmen have scored nine combined goals in their last two games.

Juniors Mat Bodie and Daniel Carr lead the Union attack with five and four points respectively. Bodie has two goals and three assists through the first three games.

Connecticut will rely on senior goaltender Garret Bartus to lead the Husky defense. As one of USCHO's Top-10 Goalies to Watch, Bartus enters the weekend as UConn's all-time leader in saves with 2,851.