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Huskies Finally Come Home, Host #3 Boston College Wednesday Night

Junior Shawn Pauly
Nov. 4, 2014

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The UConn Huskies return home after seven-straight on the road to start the season as they host No. 3 nationally ranked Boston College at the XL Center Wednesday night.  The Huskies went 0-1-1 in last weekend's Liberty Hockey Invitational, skating to a 2-2 tie with Merrimack and falling to Yale, 2-1, in the tournament title game.  The Huskies are 0-2-0 in Hockey East play with losses at Merrimack and at Vermont.  The Eagles are coming off a weekend split at Denver, winning 2-1 and falling 2-1 in overtime.  BC is 1-1-0 in league play with a loss at UMass Lowell in the season opener and a win over UMass at home on their ledger.

UConn vs. Boston College All-Time Series...   Wednesday's meeting will be the first between UConn and Boston College on the ice.  The two teams will meet again on January 24th at BC's Kelley Rink. 

Quick Hits...

- UConn opened their season with seven-straight on the road, posting a 1-4-2 mark while averaging 1.71 goals per game during the road trip.  The Huskies will open their 11-game XL Center schedule tonight.  UConn will play four of their next six games in downtown Hartford.

- Former UConn All-American Todd Krygier (1984-88) and former New York Ranger and Connecticut native Brian Leetch will drop the ceremonial first puck before the game.

- Prior to coming to Storrs, Head Coach Mike Cavanaugh spent 18 seasons at Boston College on Jerry York's coaching staff. During his time at BC, he helped guide the Eagles to four national titles (2001, 2008, 2010 and 2012) in addition to nine Hockey East Tournament championships, six league regular-season titles and 10 Frozen Four appearances.

- Outside of a 7-1 loss in game two at Penn State, the Huskies have not allowed more than two goals in their other six games.  UConn is ranked sixth in Hockey East allowing 2.57 goals per game.

- UConn is 0-3 in one-goal games to start the season.  In 2013-14, the Huskies finished 9-4 in one-goal games and 7-3 during the 2012-13 season.

- In last weekend's Liberty Hockey Invitational, freshmen Kasperi Ojantakanen and Corey Ronan picked-up their first collegiate goals.  On the season, seven of the 12 UConn goals have been scored by freshmen.  Rookie Spencer Naas leads the Huskies in scoring this season with four points (2g/2a). 

Scouting the Eagles...  The Boston College Eagles come in to Wednesday's match-up at 4-2-0 and 1-1-0 in Hockey East play.  The Eagles split a weekend series at Denver, delivering Head Coach Jerry York his 500th career win thanks to Friday's 2-1 win over the Pioneers.  York is the all-time winningest coach in college hockey history at 500-244-68.  The Eagles are tied for ninth in the nation offensively averaging 3.50 goals per game.  Leading the way is sophomore Ryan Fitzgerald who has five goals and an assist on the season.  His five goals have him ranked second among Hockey East's top-scorers.  Fitzgerald and classmate Adam Gilmour both have a pair of power play goals to their credit this year.  Freshman Zach Sanford has five assists in his first six games, tied for third among league leaders.  Sophomore goaltender Thatcher Demko is ranked fifth in the league with a 1.98 goals against average and fourth in save percentage at .929 on the year.  The Eagles moved up to #3 in both national polls this week.  BC was picked to finish second in the Hockey East Preseason Coaches' Poll. 

Last Meeting with BC...  Wednesday night's match-up is the first-ever meeting between UConn and Boston College. 

Last Time Out...  The Huskies fell to instate rival Yale, 2-1, in the championship game of the Liberty Hockey Invitational on Sunday afternoon from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.  UConn rookie Corey Ronan picked up his first collegiate goal in the loss.  Yale goaltender Alex Lyon turned in 32 saves, 17 coming in the third period, to deliver the Bulldogs their first win of the season and earn Tournament MVP honors.  The Bulldogs jumped in front 1-0 at 4:27 of the first period on an odd man rush as John Hayden slid a perfect pass to Frankie DiChiara who buried it at the left post for his first on the year.  The Bulldogs made it a 2-0 lead at 14:14 with Cody Learned scoring just before he went head first into UConn goaltender Rob Nichols and the net.  The Huskies cut into the Yale lead midway through the second period thanks to a pair of rookies.  Ronan dug the puck of the right boards and fed a pass to classmate Johnny Austin at the high point.  Austin ripped a shot through traffic off the pads of Lyon.  The rebound came right to the stick of Ronan who fired it home at the right post to pull the Huskies to within 2-1 at 11:07.  UConn got off to a fast start to the third period and outshot the Bulldogs 17-7 over the final 20 minutes but could not crack Lyon for the tying goal.  The Huskies finished the night with a 33-24 edge on shots and failed to score on their one power play opportunity.  Freshman Kasperi Ojantakanen was named to the all-tournament team after scoring his first goal of the season and picking up a goal in the shootout win over Merrimack.