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Huskies Host Union in Home Opener Friday Night

Senior Goaltender Matt Grogan

Oct. 24, 2013

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The University of Connecticut hockey team begins a five-game homestand at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum Friday night hosting the Union Dutchmen.  The Huskies opened the 2012-13 season last weekend with a pair of losses to the No. 18 nationally-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks.  The Dutchmen, who played in last season's Frozen Four, make the trip to Storrs after dropping a pair of games at home to No. 15 ranked Lake Superior State.

The Last Meeting
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October 27, 2012
Storrs, Conn.
Huskies Battle For 2-2 Tie With No. 8 Union
The University of Connecticut men's hockey team battled for a 2-2 tie against No. 8 Union in the 2012 home opener at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs on Saturday night. UConn goes to 0-2-1 (0-1-0 AHA) while Union stands at 3-1-1 (0-0-0 ECAC).

The UConn vs. Union Series...  Tonight's match-up is the 11th meeting on the ice between UConn and Union.  The Dutchmen are unbeaten in their 10 meetings with the Huskies, posting a 7-0-3 mark.  The two teams skated to a 2-2 tie last season in UConn's home opener last season.  UConn's Jordan Sims assisted on both Husky goals while goaltender Garrett Bartus made 21 of his 39 saves in the third period to preserve the tie.  The first meeting in the all-time series took place during the 2000-01 campaign.  The Huskies are 0-3-1 at home and 0-4-3 on the road against the Dutchmen.

Last Time Out...  UConn fell at Minnesota State last weekend, 2-1 and 6-1, in the opening series of the 2012-13 season.  Senior forward Jordan Sims scored both Husky goals on the weekend while junior defenseman Jacob Poe notched a pair of assists.  On Friday night, UConn fell behind 2-0 before finding the back of the net in the third period off of Sims' stick.  On Saturday, the Huskies trailed 2-1 after the first period as Sims scored on the power play but two Maverick goals in the second and third periods sealed the Huskies fate.  Senor goaltender Matt Grogan turned away 42 shots in the loss, marking the third time in his career he has recorded 40 or more saves.  The Huskies were outshot 79-34 over the two games. 

Husky Notes...  The Huskies opened their season last weekend at Minnesota State, ushering in a new era under first year head coach Mike Cavanaugh.  Cavanaugh was named the program's fourth head coach back in May and will guide the Huskies as they enter their final season as a member of the Atlantic Hockey conference before beginning play in Hockey East in 2014-15.  He takes over the reigns at UConn after spending  spending the last 18 years as the top assistant at Boston College were he helped guide the Eagles to  four national titles, nine Hockey East crowns and 10 Frozen Four appearances. 

- The Atlantic Hockey Association head coaches tabbed the Huskies to finish fourth in the 2013-14 Preseason Coaches Poll.  The Huskies finished last season 19-14-4 and advanced to the AHA semifinals.  The Niagara Purple Eagles, the reigning AHA regular season champions, were tabbed as the preseason favorite to take home the title this season.

- Coach Cavanaugh announced that senior forwards Brant Harris and Billy Latta  will wear the "C" on their jersey as captains of the 2013-14 Huskies.  Senior forward Jordan Sims and junior forward Trevor Gerling will serve as the assistant captains this season.

- Harris and Sims are the top-scorers among 23 returning skaters in 2013-14.  Harris scored 15 goals and dished 16 assists on his way to a 31 point season. He led the team with six power play goals on the year.  Sims also tallied 31 points in 2012-13, assisting on 21 Husky goals over the course of the season.  Gerling finished with 25 points last season, lighting the lamp 12 times including three game-winners.

- In goal, senior netminder Matt Grogan posted a 14-4-3 mark with a stingy 1.93 goals against average and a .937 save percentage, second among AHA goalies.  Grogan was named to the All-Atlantic Hockey Third Team honors. 

- Eight new faces make up this season's freshman class, including defensemen Ryan Segalla, a fourth round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

- The annual UConn Ice Hockey Classic will make its debut at the XL Center in downtown Hartford this season.  The Huskies will host their annual tournament on Sunday, December 29th and Monday, December 30th with the field featuring Quinnipiac, UMass and Sacred Heart.  The Huskies, who move to Hockey East next season, will play its home slate in the XL Center in 2014-15.

Scouting the Dutchmen...  The Union Dutchmen are off to a 1-2-1 start to their season as they make their first road trip of the season.  The Dutchmen dropped the opening game of the series with the Lakers last Friday as Stephen Perfetto buried the game-winner just over a minute into overtime for a 6-5 win.  Despite outshooting the Lakers 48-17 on Saturday, Union could only get a pair past goaltender Kevin Kapalka on their way to a 3-2 loss.  The Dutchmen sport one of the best power play units in college hockey with nine power play goals on the young season, tops in the nation.  Senior forward Kevin Sullivan leads the country in assists (8), averaging 2.0 helpers per game. Union opened their season at home skating to a 3-3 tie with Bowling Green before posting a 5-2 win over the Falcons in the series finale.  The Dutchmen, a Frozen Four team in 2012-13, entered the season ranked 12th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and rated 16th by  Union was selected fourth in the ECAC Hockey Media Association preseason poll and tied for third with Quinnipiac in the ECAC Coaches' preseason poll. 

Up Next...  The Huskies will open the Atlantic Hockey schedule next weekend with Army and Sacred Heart paying a visit to the Freitas Ice Forum.  UConn will play host to the Black Knights on Friday, November 1st and the Pioneers on Saturday, November 2nd.  The puck will drop at 7:05 pm on both nights.