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UConn Welcomes Army to Town Tuesday Night

Nov. 9, 2015

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The Last Meeting
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January 9, 2015
West Point, N.Y.
UConn Offense Impresses in 6-3 Win at Army
Six different Huskies found the back of the net as the UConn men's hockey team ended the non-conference portion schedule with a 6-3 win over the Army Black Knights at West Point Friday night. Senior goaltender Tom Comunale (Seven Fields, Pa.) made his first career start in net and made 26 saves to earn his first career win.

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Ice Chips…

  • The Huskies enter Tuesday’s game having lost four-straight. UConn lost four in-a-row just once last season, dropping back-to-back Hockey East series to Northeastern (Feb. 13-14) and New Hampshire (Feb. 20-21).
  • UConn has never lost five-straight under Head Coach Mike Cavanaugh. Their last five-game slide came during the 2010-11 season.
  • The Huskies will face-off twice with Atlantic Hockey, their former conference, this season. The Huskies will host both Army and Sacred Heart.
  • Tuesday night’s game with Army is Military Appreciation Night at the XL Center in recognition of the Veteran’s Day holiday.
  • The UConn power play ended an 0-for-15 drought dating back to the 5-2 win over BU on Saturday at UMass. The Huskies are now 7-42 (.167) on the year.
  • 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 seventh in the country in scoring and fourth in Hockey East. His 13 points lead all rookies in both the league and the nation His six goals are tied for fourth in Hockey East and seventh in the country.
  • Sophomore defenseman Derek Pratt is fourth in the conference and 22nd nationally with 19 blocked shots. He is averaging 2.11 blocks per game while the Huskies as a team are blocking 12.9 shots per game, tied for fifth in the league.

Last Time Out... The UConn men’s hockey team dropped their second-straight Hockey East series falling at UMass Saturday night, 5-3, from the Mullins Center. The Minutemen were led by sophomore Dominic Trento who scored a pair of goals and added an assist to lead UMass to the weekend sweep and four points in the standings. The loss is UConn’s fourth-straight and drops the Huskies to 3-6-0 overall and 1-5-0 in Hockey East. UConn got goals from junior Evan Richardson and freshmen Max Letunov and Joseph Masonius in the loss. Sophomore goaltender Rob Nichols made 27 saves. The Huskies fell behind 2-0 in the opening two minutes of the first period. UConn cut the lead in half heading into the intermission on Richardson’s power play goal, ending a 0-for-15 streak for the Huskies on the power play. UMass scored once in the second and early in the third to push their lead to 4-1. Letunov drew a penalty shot and coverted at 13:53 but the Minutemen put the comeback attempt to bed on an Austin Plevy goal with 2:50 left.

Last Season vs. Army... Six different Huskies found the back of the net as the UConn men’s hockey team ended the non-conference portion schedule with a 6-3 win over the Army Black Knights at West Point last January. Senior goaltender Tom Comunale made his first career start in net and made 26 saves to earn his first career win. Jesse Schwartz led the Huskies with a career-high three points on a goal and two assists.

Scouting the Black Knights... The Army Black Knights are still in the hunt for their first win of 2015-16, coming in at 0-5-2. Army is coming off a home Atlantic Hockey series with RIT where they took a point off the defending champs thanks to a 2-2 Saturday night. Freshman Trevor Fidler and sophomore Conor Andrle share the team lead with five points apiece. Fidler is the team’s top-scorer with a pair of goals. Junior Parker Gahagen and sophomore Cole Burns have split time in net this season. Gahagen has posted a 3.60 goals against while picking up 133 saves and was in net for both Army ties this season. The Black Knights were tabbed 10th in the AHA Preseason Poll.

UConn vs. Atlantic Hockey...

- UConn was one of the inaugural members of the Atlantic Hockey Association and played in the conference for 11 seasons (2003-2014).

- This season, the Huskies will meet former foes Army and Sacred Heart, both at home. UConn faced both schools last season as well, beating Army 6-3 and falling to Sacred Heart, 2-0.

- The Huskies best-ever finish in the league came in 2012-13 when they posted a 19-14-4 mark.

- UConn advanced to the AHA semifinals four times but never appeared in a league championship game.

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