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The UConn Huskies will take on the No. 5 nationally ranked Boston University Terriers Saturday night at Agganis Arena. The Huskies are coming off a 1-0 upset of #3 ranked Boston College on Wednesday night, the program's first-ever victory over a top-five nationally ranked team. The Huskies became the first team in 106-straight games to hold the Eagles without a goal, the longest streak in the nation, pulling off the upset in front of a sellout crowd of 8,089 at the XL Center in their home opener. The Terriers head to Chestnut Hill to face crosstown rival BC on Friday night on national television and host the Huskies Saturday night.
UConn vs. Boston University All-Time Series... Boston University leads the all-time series, 1-0-0 after winning the first-ever meeting last season. The Terriers posted a 4-1 win at home in a non-conference match-up last November. BU will make their first trip to Hartford and the XL Center in two weeks for the return match-up.
- UConn finally played a home game after seven-straight to open the 2014-15 season. The Huskies opened their XL Center schedule in style, knocking off the #3 Boston College Eagles, 1-0. UConn will play three of their next five games in downtown Hartford.
- The Huskies picked up the program's fourth win over a ranked opponent with the win over BC. Three of those wins have come under the direction of second year head coach Mike Cavanaugh.
- Sophomore goaltender Rob Nichols posted his first shutout of the season and the third of his career on Wednesday. Nichols posted shutouts over Holy Cross, 5-0, and Bentley, 3-0, during his rookie season.
- Outside of a 7-1 loss in game two at Penn State, the Huskies have not allowed more than two goals in their other seven games. UConn is ranked sixth in Hockey East allowing 2.25 goals per game.
- The Huskies have two power play goals this season, both by sophomore Evan Richardson. UConn is 2-for-25 with the extra skater this season, ranking ninth in Hockey East (.080). The penalty killing unit is fifth in the league, killing at a .882 percentage (30/34).
- Nine of the 13 UConn goals this season have been scored by a player new to the program this year. Seven Husky goals have come by way of freshmen with two more coming off the stick of sophomore transfer Evan Richardson. Rookie Spencer Naas leads the Huskies in scoring this season with four points (2g/2a).
Scouting the Terriers... The Boston University Terriers moved up to No. 5 in both national polls this week and will face cross-town rival No. 3 ranked Boston College on Friday night. The Terriers ran off four-straight wins to open their season including league wins over UMass and Providence as well as a pair of wins in the Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge, beating Michigan and Michigan State at home. BU fell to at home to Providence, 2-1, for their first loss of the season last weekend. BU freshman standout Jack Eichel picked up the Hockey Commissioners' Association National Division I Rookie of the Month award and the Pro Ambitions Hockey East Rookie of the Month award for October. Eichel currently leads all league scorers with nine points on four goals and five assists and enters the weekend with a +9 rating. The Terrier offense comes in averaging 3.40 goals per game and boasts the second stingiest defense in the country allowing just 1.20 goals per night. Junior netminder Matt O'Connor leads the defense sporting a 1.26 goals against average with a .958 save percentage, both tops among Hockey East goaltenders.
Last Meeting with BU... UConn senior captain Brant Harris scored his first goal of the season but the Huskies came up short in their first-ever meeting with Boston University, falling 4-1 to the Terriers at Agganis Arena last November. The Huskies got 37 saves from senior goaltender Matt Grogan in the loss as the Terriers held a 41-29 advantage on shots on the night. UConn's Grogan helped the Huskies weather a first period onslaught by BU, turning away all 17 shots he faced to keep the game scoreless at the first intermission. The Terriers took control of the game in the second period, putting three goals on the board and scoring on their only power play opportunity of the night. Their three second period goals have the Terriers outscoring their opponents 17-7 in the second stanza this season. The Huskies refused to go quietly in the third period, skating hard and outshooting BU 10-6. In just his second game back from injury, Harris scored his first goal of the season. Defenseman Kyle Huson got the puck to Harris on the left wing, who then buried a wrist shot from the left circle in the top shelf, short side. UConn had two power play opportunities to cut further into the BU lead but the Terriers killed off both, including a two-man Husky advantage in the closing minutes.
Last Time Out... The Huskies played their home opener on Wednesday night and came away with the program's first-ever win over a nationally ranked top-five opponent in shutting out #3 Boston College, 1-0. Sophomore Evan Richardson provided all the offense the Huskies would need, scoring the game's only goal midway through the first period. Sophomore Rob Nichols made it stand up, stopping all 35 shots he faced in recording his third career shutout win. At 11:32 of the first period, Richardson scored his second and the team's second power play goal of the season, burying a wrist shot top-shelf off a feed from freshman Johnny Austin. From there Nichols and the Husky defense went to work, keeping the ninth ranked offense in the nation (3.50 gpg) in check the rest of the way. UConn fought off 16 shots on goal in the second period while killing off a pair of power plays including a five-on-three chance for BC. The Eagles outshot the Huskies 10-3 in the third period but couldn't solve Nichols. The Huskies blocked 15 shots on the night and killed off all six BC power play opportunities in the win.
Sellout Crowd at XL...
- UConn's home opener at the XL Center on Wednesday was played in front of a sellout crowd of 8,089 fans.
- The game marked the largest attendance for a UConn men's hockey home game in program history.
- The attendance was also the highest for any Hockey East team's inaugural home opener.
- The hockey seating capacity at XL Center for UConn home games is 5,618. Tickets were released in the upper level corners and end sections to meet the demand for the home opener.
- The Huskies have eclipsed 2,000 season tickets sold for the 2014-15 season, a program record.
UConn Beating Ranked Teams... After knocking off #3 Boston College Wednesday night, UConn has beaten two ranked teams this season and now owns four wins over ranked opponets in program history.
- The Huskies beat No. 15 ranked Quinnipiac earlier this season, 4-1, at Webster Bank Arena.
- The 1-0 win over BC marks the highest ranked team the Huskies have every beaten and the first win over a top-five program.
- Last season, UConn registered the program's first-ever win over a top-10 team when they beat No. 9 ranked Providence, 3-2.
- The Huskies first-ever win over a ranked school came during the 2012 Atlantic Hockey Playoffs, beating No. 19 ranked Air Force, 3-1.
Hot Start Continues for Nichols...
- Sophomore goaltender Rob Nichols is off to a strong start to his season. Nichols has started all eight games and has logged all but 26:33 minutes in net this year.
- He ranks third in Hockey East and 15th nationally in save percentage (.938).
- His 2.07 goals against average ranks him sixth in the league and 28th in the nation.
- Nichols made 35 saves Wednesday night to record his first shutout of the year beating Boston College, 1-0.
- Nichols now owns three career shutouts - vs. BC 1-0 (11/5/14); at Holy Cross 5-0 (2/15/14); vs. Bentley 3-0 (2/7/14).
- In the first meeting with Merrimack, the sophomore goaltender posted a career-best 41 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss at Merrimack. Nichols turned away 15 shots in both the second and third periods and another five in the overtime.
- In the second meeting, Nichols stopped 38 Merrimack shots in a 2-2 tie in the Liberty Hockey Invitational.
- He has had 30 or more saves in five of the first eight games and has allowed two goals or less in seven of the eight games.
Nichols Top-5 Career Save Games:
41 at Merrimack (10/18/14) L, 2-1 (ot)
40 at Air Force (1/31/14) W, 5-3
38 at Holy Cross (2/15/14) W, 5-0
37 vs. UMass (12/30/13) W, 2-1
36 vs. Quinnipiac (10/21/14) W, 4-1
- Outside of a 7-1 loss at Penn State in game two of the season, the Huskies have not allowed more than two goals in their seven other contests.
- UConn is allowing 2.25 goals per game on the year, ranking sixth in Hockey East and tied for 19th nationally.
- Last season, UConn led Atlantic Hockey and was ranked 14th nationally allowing 2.39 goals per game.
- UConn allowed two goals or less in 20 games last year, finishing 15-2-3 in those contests.