Nov. 11, 2013
After an off-weekend, the Connecticut Huskies return to the ice to play host to Atlantic Hockey Association rival Holy Cross Tuesday night. The Huskies are unbeaten in their last three games and coming off a weekend sweep of Army, 4-2, and Sacred Heart, 4-2 at home. The Crusaders have won two-straight and come to town on the heels of a 4-1 win at Army last Friday night.
Tuesday's match-up is the first of a three-game season series between UConn and Holy Cross. The two teams will meet again on February 14th in Storrs and on February 15th in Worcester. Mass.
UConn vs. Holy Cross All-Time Series... The all-time series between UConn and Holy Cross dates back to the 1966-67 season with Crusaders holding a slim 50-49-2 edge. The two teams have met every season with the exception of the 1978-79 and 1979-80 campaigns. Holy Cross won the 2012-13 series 2-1, winning at home 2-1 and 4-1 in Storrs. The Huskies took the last meeting between the two clubs, 4-1, in Worcester. The Crusaders have enjoyed a 15-8-0 edge when playing in the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
On Tap... The Huskies close out a five-game homestand on Friday night playing host to the Bentley Falcons in an Atlantic Hockey match-up. UConn will head to Boston University on Sunday evening to take on the Terriers in Agganis Arena in the first of two meetings against future Hockey East opponents this season. The Huskies will also pay nationally ranked Providence a visit on February 11th.
- The Huskies are unbeaten on their current five-game homestand at Freitas Ice Forum (2-0-1). They will host eight-straight at home during a span in Dec./Jan.
- The UConn power play is tops in the AHA and the nation. The Huskies have converted five of 15 opportunities (.333) this season.
- Their combined special teams ranked third nationally (18/31/.581)
- Sr. Billy Latta is third in the AHA and 11th in the nation with three power play goals.
- Latta has four goals in four games this season
- Sr. Jordan Sims has recorded at least a point in four of five games in 2013-14.
- Sr. goaltender Matt Grogan ranks third in the AHA with a .922 save percentage.
- Rookie goaltender Robby Nichols recorded 30 saves in his collegiate debut in earning a 4-2 win over Sacred Heart on November 2nd.
- The Huskies host Bentley on Friday night. UConn holds a 24-19-3 lead in the all-time series and was 2-1 against the Falcons last season.
Last Time Out... Senior forward Billy Latta scored two of UConn's three power play goals to lift the Huskies to a 4-2 victory over Sacred Heart at home back on Saturday, November 2nd. Sacred Heart had a 32-21 shots advantage in the game UConn freshman goaltender Robby Nichols posted 30 saves in his debut for the Huskies. UConn led 2-1 after the first period and Latta gave the Huskies a 3-1 lead at 5:30 in the second with his first goal on the night. The senior captain lit the lamp again with 2:17 left in the period, burying his second power play goal to produce the 4-2 final. Senior Jordan Sims assisted on both Latta goals.
Scouting the Crusaders... After an 0-4 start to their season, the Holy Cross Crusaders have reeled off back-to-back wins over Sacred Heart, 4-3, and Army, 4-1. The Crusaders scored four goals in just over an eight minute span in the second period last Friday night on their way to beating the Black Knights for their second Atlantic Hockey win of the season. Cameron Lawson, Castan Sommer, Ryan McGrath and Sean Gustin all found the back of the net in the win. On the year, Holy Cross is averaging 2.3 goals per game and have had 12 different players score goals in the first six games. Junior goaltender Matt Ginn sports a .902 save percentage and a 3.17 goals against average.