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UConn Faces UMass in Hockey East Series

Nov. 5, 2015

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The Last Meeting
February 27, 2015
Hartford, Conn. - XL Center
Huskies Blank UMass on Senior Night, 4-0
UConn senior Trevor Gerling (Seattle, Wash.) scored a goal and notched an assist while sophomore goaltender stopped all 29 shots he faced to lead the Huskies to a 4-0 win over the University of Massachusetts Friday night in front of 6,298 fans at the XL Center in the regular season finale for both teams. The Huskies finish the regular season at 10-17-7 overall and 7-11-4 in Hockey East and will be either the #9 seed or #10 seed in the playoffs.

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Ice Chips…

  • Freshman Max Letunov was named the Hockey Commissioners Association National Player of the Month and the Hockey East Player of the Month for October. Letunov had 11 points (5g/6a) during October.
  • Letunov currently sits sixth in the country in scoring and fifth in Hockey East. His 11 points and five goals lead all rookies in both the league and the nation.
  • On the power play, Letunov has been the Huskies top-playmaker with a team-high five assists, a mark that is tied for tops in the nation.
  • Classmate Tage Thompson earned Pro Ambitions Hockey East Rookie of the Week after a hat trick on three power play goals to help knock off nationally ranked Boston University, 5-2.
  • Sophomore Johnny Austin has four assists on the season, ranking ninth in scoring among Hockey East defensemen.
  • Sophomore defenseman Derek Pratt is second in the conference and eighth nationally with 18 blocked shots. He is averaging 2.57 blocks per game while the Huskies as a team are blocking 13.9 shots per game, tied for third in the league.
  • Sophomore Tanner Creel saw his first game action for UConn in Sunday’s loss to Notre Dame, logging 10:47 in net and stopping all eight shots he faced. Every Husky on the UConn roster has now seen game action this season.
  • The Huskies have faced UMass more than any other program in Hockey East. UConn has won three-straight over the Minutemen. Since the beginning of the Division I era (1998-99) the Huskies are 4-8-1 against UMass.

Last Season vs. UMass... The Huskies earned the program’s first Hockey East sweep with a 4-3 win at UMass and a 4-0 win at home over the Minutemen last season. In the first meeting in Amherst, UConn got a pair of goals each from Trevor Gerling and Spencer Naas while Rob Nichols posted 33 saves in the 4-3 win. The Minutemen twice battled back from two-goals down to tie the game before Naas picked-up the game-winner at 13:55 in the third period. The Huskies closed out the 2014-15 regular season hosting UMass and came up with a 4-0 win on “Senior Night” in the XL Center. Nichols made 29 stops to earn his fourth shutout on the season. Seniors Trevor Gerling and Cody Sharib both found the back of the net while Patrick Kirtland and Shawn Pauly tacked on goals as well.

Scouting the Minutemen... The UMass Minutemen come in to the weekend at 4-2-1 overall and 0-1-1 in Hockey East play. The Minutemen opened the year 4-0-1 but are coming off back-to-back losses, 7-0 at No. 3 Boston College and 6-1 to No. 9 Yale. UMass is averaging 3.86 goals per game, fifth in the league, but allowing a conference high 4.43 goals per game. The Minutemen have the top power play at 28.6% (8/28). Sophomore Dennis Kravchenko is tied for second in the league and third in the nation with 12 points on seven goals and five assists. His seven goals are tied for the most in the country. Freshman Austin Plevy is one of the top rookies in the league with eight points on four goals and four assists. UMass was tabbed to finish 12th in the annual Hockey East Preseason Coaches Poll.

Last Time Out... The UConn men’s hockey team dropped their second-straight Hockey East game, falling 8-2 to Notre Dame in the second game of a weekend series from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Fighting Irish had eight different players score in the win while sophomore Cal Petersen made 19 saves to pick-up both wins on the weekend. Notre Dame finished with a 37-21 edge on shots. UConn got goals from senior Patrick Kirtland and sophomore Corey Ronan in the loss. Sophomore Rob Nichols made 21 saves before departing in the third period. Sophomore Tanner Creel came on to see his first action of the season and stopped all eight shots he faced. UConn finished 0-for-4 on the power play in the loss.

Freshman Max Letunov Garners National Honors... Freshman Max Letunov becomes the first Husky to earn both a National Rookie of the Month and Hockey East Rookie of the Month award.

- Letunov wrapped up his first month of college hockey leading the Huskies in scoring with 11 points coming on five goals and six assists.

- He kicked-off his collegiate career with a bang by recording a hat trick in his first game, netting three to lead UConn to a 5-2 win at Alabama Huntsville.

- He registered at least a point in five of the first six games of his career including four multi-point efforts.

- On the power play, he has been the Huskies top-playmaker with a team-high five assists, a mark that is tied for tops in the nation.

- Letunov currently sits sixth in the country in scoring and fifth in Hockey East. His 11 points and five goals lead all rookies in both the league and the nation.

Tage Thompson Named Pro Ambition Hockey East Rookie of the Week... UConn freshman Tage Thompson was named the Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week on Monday. It is the first Hockey East weekly honor for Thompson.

- Thompson became the second Husky rookie this season to record a hat trick, netting three goals to help lead UConn to a 5-2 win over No. 7/8 ranked Boston University last Tuesday at the XL Center.

- All three of Thompson’s goals came on the power play, becoming the first Husky to scored three times on the power play in a game since 2011.

- Thompson is second on the team with seven points on three goals and four assists.