Nov. 16, 2013
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The University of Connecticut will take on future Hockey East opponent Boston University Sunday evening at Agganis Arena. The Huskies saw their four-game unbeaten streak come to end at home on Friday night, falling to Bentley, 3-0, in an Atlantic Hockey Association match-up. The BU Terriers welcome the Huskies to Agganis Arena looking to end a three-game slide after a 7-0 loss Friday night at Maine. The loss was the Terriers most lopsided defeat in over 18 years. BU is 4-2-0 when playing on their home ice this season.
UConn vs. Boston University All-Time Series... Sunday's match-up will be the first-ever meeting between the University of Connecticut and Boston University. The two teams will meet regularly starting in 2014-15 when UConn becomes a member of Hockey East.
The Huskies closed a five-game homestand (3-1-1) at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum with Friday night's 3-0 loss to Bentley. UConn will host eight-straight at home during a span in Dec./Jan including the annual UConn Hockey Classic tournament.
Senior captain Brant Harris made his 2013-14 season debut vs. Bentley. Harris missed the first six games with a knee injury. He scored 31 points (15g/16a) last season.
UConn assistant coach Joe Pereira played for the Terriers from 2007-11 and was a team captain his senior year. He was part of the 2009 BU team that won the NCAA national championship plus the Beanpot Tournament and the Hockey East regular season and tournament titles.
The Huskies were shutout for the first time in 23 games with the 3-0 loss to Bentley. The last time they were shutout was a 5-0 home loss to Mercyhurst on Jan. 19, 2013.
UConn went 0-4 on the power play Friday night. In the weekend sweep over Army & Sacred Heart, UConn was 4-8 on the power play. Over the last two games, the Huskies are 0-6 with the extra skater.
The Husky power play (5-20/.250) is ranked 3rd in AHA and tied for 8th nationally.
UConn is just 3-7 against Bentley in their last 10 meetings.
The only two teams from Hockey East that UConn has never faced are Boston University and Boston College. The Huskies have faced UMass more than any other team from the league (UMass leads, 8-24-2).
Freshman defenseman Joona Kunnas scored his first collegiate goal in Tuesday's win over Holy Cross.
Sophomore Shawn Pauly notched the first game-winning goal of his Husky career in the Holy Cross win.
The Huskies are allowing an AHA low 2.86 goals per game.
Last Time Out... The The Bentley Falcons scored a pair of third period power play goals en route to a 3-0 shutout win over the University of Connecticut Friday night in Atlantic Hockey Association action. The Huskies were shut out for the first time this season and for the first time since January of last season as they see a four-game unbeaten streak at home come to end with the loss. The Huskies had three shots go off the post in the first period as Bentley took a 1-0 lead on a Michael Reardon goal at 6:04 of the first. UConn saw more solid scoring chances miss the mark in the second period, hitting the post twice more. Junior Jacob Poe ripped a shot from the high point that struck the cross bar in the early moments of the period. Patrick Kirtland again saw a chance for a goal dashed late in the period as batted loose puck missed the mark of the right post. The Huskies came up empty on four power play opportunities on the night but Bentley would not fail when they had the extra skater twice in the early moments of the third. Andrew Gladiuk and Alex Grieve scored just over two minutes apart to take a 3-0 lead at 2:39 in the third period. Branden Komm would 30 saves for his first shutout of the season while UConn's Matt Grogan also had 27 saves in taking the loss.
Scouting the Terriers... The Boston University Terriers have lost three-straight after a 7-0 setback at the University of Maine on Friday night. The Terriers have been outscored 15-2 in the losses to the Black Bears, #8 Boston College and #3 Providence. BU is back at home on Sunday where they are 4-2-0 on the year including wins over nationally ranked Wisconsin, 7-3, and Providence, 4-3. Sophomore defenseman Ahti Oksanen leads the team with nine points and seven assists on the season. Sophomore goaltenders Matt O'Connor and Sean Maguire have split time between the pipes this season. O'Connor sports a 3.46 goals against average and a .905 save percentage while Maguire has a 2.49 gaa and a .929 sv%.
UConn Against Hockey East... The Huskies are 17-94-6 all-time when facing teams from the Hockey East Association. There are just two teams that UConn has never met on the ice, Boston University and Boston College. Last season, the Huskies went 1-1 against the league, winning at Merrimack, 3-1, and falling at UMass, 4-1. This season, the Huskies are slated to face Boston University and Providence. UConn is 0-1-1 against the Friars all-time. They can also match-up with UMass once again as part of the 2013 UConn Hockey Classic in late December if both teams advance to the championship game. The Huskies have faced the Minutmen more than any other team from the league, with UMass holding a 24-8-2 edge in a series that dates back to 1960-61.