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UConn Heads to Vermont Looking to End Skid

Nov. 12, 2015

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The Last Meeting
November 21, 2014
Hartford, Conn. - XL Center
Huskies Knock Off Third Ranked Team this Season; Beat #11 Vermont 2-1
The UConn men's hockey team notched their third victory this season over a nationally ranked opponent, taking down the No. 11 ranked Vermont Catamounts, 2-1, Friday night in front of 5,072 fans at the XL Center. Freshmen teammates Johnny Austin (St. Louis Park, Minn.) and Spencer Naas (Minnetonka, Minn.) provided the Husky scoring as UConn improves to 3-5-4 overall and 2-2-1 in Hockey East.

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  • The Huskies enter Friday night’s game having lost five-straight for the first time since the 2010-11 season. The last six-game slide came during the 2009-10 season, when they lost six-straight twice during a 7-27-3 season.
  • UConn is coming off a 2-0 loss at home to former Atlantic Hockey foe Army Tuesday night. The last time the Huskies were shut out at home was a 3-0 loss to Robert Morris in the 2014 Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals (3/14/14), ending their season. It was also the last official home game played by the Huskies at Freitas Ice Forum on campus.
  • The Huskies are averaging just 1.6 goals and 26.6 shots per game during this five-game slide.
  • Junior goaltender Rob Nichols is ranked third in Hockey East and eighth nationally with 233 saves in nine games played. Nichols made 1,052 saves last season.
  • 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 overall and tied with UMass rookie Austin Plevy for the lead among freshmen.
  • Sophomore defenseman Derek Pratt is third in the conference and 21st nationally with 21 blocked shots. He is averaging 2.10 blocks per game.

Last Season vs. Vermont... The Huskies split their season-series with Vermont last season with each team winning on its home ice. The Huskies and Catamounts met for the first time as Hockey East opponents on October 25th at Gutterson with then No. 15 ranked UVM posting a 2-1 win. Vermont took an early lead in the second period on an Alexx Privitera power play goal and tacked one on in the third for a 2-0 lead. UConn’s Trevor Gerling cut the lead in half with his second goal of the year at the 12:54 mark. Rob Nichols made 19 saves while UVM’s Brody Hoffman turned away 21 shots. In the rematch in Hartford, the Huskies pulled off the upset, beating the No. 11 ranked Catamounts 2-1. UConn’s Johnny Austin gave the Huskies a 1-0 first period lead with a goal at the 9:00 mark. UVM tied it at 3:52 in the second but Spencer Naas gave UConn the lead back at the 10:52 mark of the period. The Huskies carried the one-goal lead into the third and put the clamps on defensively, limiting Vermont to just five shots in the final period. Nichols turned away 23 shots to earn the win.

Scouting the Catamounts... The Vermont Catamounts welcome the Huskies to Burlington coming off being swept by UMass Lowell at home last weekend. UVM opened their season with a 3-0 win on the road at Minnesota and have also picked-up a league win beating Northeastern on the road, 3-2. Junior goaltender Mike Santaguida has played every minute and sports a 2.67 goals against and a .907 save percentage. Junior Mario Puskarich leads the team with nine points on four goals and five assists. Senior Alexx Privitera has five assists, tied for the league lead among defensemen.

Last Time Out... Army junior goaltender Parker Gahagen stopped all 23 shots he faced Tuesday night to deal the UConn Huskies their fifth-straight loss, 2-0, at home in the XL Center. The win was the first for the Black Knights this season. The Huskies generated just 23 total shots in the loss, and where outshot 30-23 by the Black Knights. Husky goaltender Rob Nichols stopped 28 shots in taking the loss. The Huskies finished 0-for-3 on the night on the power play. Sophomore Spencer Naas (Minnetonka, Minn.) generated a team-high five shots for UConn. After both teams played a scoreless first and second period, Army found the back of the net in the third while limiting the Huskies to just six shots in the final stanza. Army junior Ryan Nick scored the game-winning goal at 7:35 and classmate Clint Carlisle added an empty netter to produce the 2-0 final.