The Huskies are in the middle of a five-game road swing that brings them to UMass on Friday night for a Hockey East match-up. The Minutemen will make the return trip to the XL Center this December for a match-up scheduled to broadcast on ASN and NESN.
UConn comes into the weekend off a split at then No. 7/6 Notre Dame last week. The Huskies knocked off the Irish, 4-2, behind a 47-save performance by freshman goaltender Adam Huska. ND answered back in game two with a 6-2 win.
Huska took home the HEA Defensive Player of the Week award after his 47-save effort that earned the rookie his first career victory in net. Huska has a .938 save percentage. He also owns a 2.59 goals against average.
UConn’s penalty killing has been exceptional in the early part of the season, killing off 34 of 38 penalties, a .895 percentage to rank second in the league and tied for ninth nationally.
The Huskies are generating an average of 32.38 shots per game, ranking fourth among league leaders.
The Huskies come into the weekend as the least penalized team in Hockey East, averaging just 11.9 penalty minutes per game.
Junior Spencer Naas collected his fourth goal on the season in last Friday’s loss at Notre Dame and now shares the team lead in goals with Karl El-Mir, Evan Richardson and Tage Thompson. El-Mir has four goals and a pair of assists, eclipsing his freshman season point total (3-2-5).
Thompson leads all Huskies with eight points (4g/4a). He has scored a point in four of the eight games and has a pair of multi-point efforts.
Sophomore Maxim Letunov scored a pair of goals in the Huskies 4-2 win at Notre Dame, his first goals of the season. It was Letunov’s fourth career multi-goal game and his 12th career multi-point game.
Junior Corey Ronan had a career-high two assists in the loss at ND, marking his second career multi-point game.
LAST MEETING WITH UMASS
The Huskies dropped their second-straight Hockey East series of 2015-16, falling at home to the Minutemen, 4-2 and on the road at UMass, 5-3. In game one, UMass broke a 2-2 third period tie with a goal from Austin Plevy at 15:06 and then tacked on an empty net goal to seal the win, ending a UConn three-game win streak in the series. Dominic Trento added a goal and an assist while Nic Renyard turned in 40 saves for UMass. For UConn, Jesse Schwartz and Karl El-Mir both scored their first goals of the season in the loss. In game two, the Minutemen were led by Trento who scored a pair of goals and added an assist to lead UMass to the weekend sweep. The Huskies fell behind 2-0 in the opening two minutes of the first period and UMass would never trail en route to the win. UConn got goals from junior Evan Richardson and freshmen Max Letunov and Joseph Masonius in the loss. Renyard stopped 29 shots for his second win on the weekend.
SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN
The Massachusetts Minutemen are off to a 2-4-0 start and are 0-2-0 in Hockey East heading into Friday night’s match-up. The Minutemen are looking to snap a three-game slide and are coming off home losses to New Hampshire, 4-1, and then No. 8 Boston College, 7-4, last weekend. UMass is averaging 2.8 goals per game and are generating a league-low 20.8 shots per game. Juniors Patrick Lee and Dominic Trento lead the team with six points apiece. Thirteen different players have scored a goal on the season. In net, freshman Ryan Wischow has played in four games with a 2.90 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. Wischow opened his collegiate career with a 31 save effort in a 3-0 win over Colorado College
HUSKA WINS HOCKEY EAST AWARD
Husky freshman Adam Huska picked-up his first career Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week award this week. The freshman goaltender helped lead the Huskies to a 4-2 road win over then No. 7/6 ranked Notre Dame last week. Huska turned away a 47 shots in just his third appearance, including 21 saves in the second period, en route to his first collegiate victory between the pipes.
Huska enters this week ranking third in Hockey East and 10th nationally with a .938 save percentage. He also owns a 2.59 goals against average.