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- Freshman Max Letunov has posted a point in every game this season and leads the Huskies with eight points (5g/3a). He is tied with Austin Plevy of UMass (4g-4a-8p) for the league lead in freshmen scoring and leads all rookie goal scorers.
- Letunov’s five goals are tied with Dennis Kravchenko of UMass and Dan Correale of New Hampshire for tops in Hockey East. He is currently tied for fifth in points (5g-3a-8p). The freshman made his collegiate debut with a hat trick in a 5-2 win at Alabama Huntsville.
- Offensively, UConn has spread the wealth over the first four games. Nine different Huskies have scored a goal and 18 different players have registered at least a point. Over the first three games, 18 of the 23 different UConn skaters that have dressed have posted points.
- Freshman Tage Thompson leads the team with four assists, tied for seventh in Hockey East.
- Junior defenseman Joona Kunnas and sophomore forward Jeff Wight made their season debuts on Saturday at BU. Every UConn skater has now cracked the line-up this season.
- UConn assistant Joe Pereira, in his third season, is a 2011 graduate of BU where he captained the Terriers and helped lead them to the 2009 National Championship.
- The Husky power play got on the board 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.
- 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.
Last Time Out… UConn freshman Max Letunov scored a pair of goals but the Boston University Terriers posted a pair of third period power play goals on the way to a 4-2 win at Agganis Arena in the Hockey East opener for both clubs Saturday afternoon. Letunov provided all the UConn scoring with his team leading fourth and fifth goals of the season. The No. 7/8 nationally ranked Terriers got goals from four different players with Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Brandon Fortunato each scoring a goal and picking up an assist in the win. UConn junior goaltender Rob Nichols made a season-high 29 saves. BU held a 33-18 edge on shots including 15-3 in the third period. UConn finished 0-for-4 on the power play while the Terriers were 2-for-5 with the extra skater. The two teams went to the third dead even at 1-1 on the scoreboard but a pair of early penalties in the period proved costly for UConn. The Terriers got their first power play of the third at 4:52 and took the lead as Forsbacka Karlsson buried 58 seconds later. UConn’s Spencer Naas was called for a 5-minute major at 6:38 and BU capitalized again with the extra skater as Fortunato found the back of the net at 8:50. Letunov’s second goal pulled the Huskies within 3-2 with 23.6 seconds left but BU would tack on an empty net goal off the ensuing face-off to ice the game away.
Scouting the Terriers... The Boston University Terriers come in to Tuesday night 2-1-0 on the young season and ranked No. 8 in this week’s USCHO.com Top-20 and No. 7 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Top-15 polls. 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.
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.
College Hockey in Brooklyn... UConn will take part in a college hockey double header as part of the Barclays Center’s BROOKLYN HOCKEY program on November 1st. The event, in partnership with Play By Play Sports, LLC, will also feature an Atlantic Hockey league match-up between Army and Bentley. The Army-Bentley match-up will kick-off the event at 11:15 am with the Huskies and Fighting Irish to follow at 2:30 pm. The Brooklyn arena will be hosting a hockey triple-header the day ends with an NHL match-up between the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabers at 7:30 pm. A separate ticket is needed for admission. Tickets are on sale now and available for purchasing online by visiting BarclaysCenter.com or Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.