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UConn Takes On Nationally Ranked Quinnipiac Tuesday Night

Nov. 16, 2015

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The Last Meeting
October 21, 2014
Bridgeport, Conn. - Webster Bank Arena
UConn Huskies Upset #15 Quinnipiac, 4-1
The UConn men's hockey team knocked off the No. 15 nationally ranked Quinnipiac Bobcats Tuesday night at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. Four different Huskies found the back of the net and sophomore goaltender Rob Nichols (Dallas, Texas) made 36 saves to help deliver the program's third win all-time over a ranked opponent.

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  • UConn has two home games scheduled against the ECAC this season (Quinnipiac/Brown) and could potentially be matched-up against the league in two tournaments in January. The Huskies could face Harvard at the Marriucci Classic and instate rival Yale at the Desert Hockey Classic.
  • The Huskies face Quinnipiac having lost six-straight for the first time since the 2009-10 season. UConn lost six-straight to open that season then suffered an eight-game slide in what was a 7-27-3 campaign.
  • The Huskies are averaging just 1.5 goals and 25.7 shots per game during this six-game slide.
  • Freshman Tage Thompson scored his fourth power play goal in Friday’s loss at Vermont. Thompson is tied for the Hockey East lead in power play goals and tied for second nationally.
  • Junior goaltender Rob Nichols is ranked fourth in Hockey East and ninth nationally with 267 saves in 10 games played. Nichols made 1,052 saves last season.
  • Freshman Max Letunov currently sits tied for ninth in the country in scoring and sixth in Hockey East. His 13 points is tied for second among HEA and national rookies.
  • Letunov’s six goals are tied for sixth in Hockey East and tied with Boston College rookie Colin White and UMass rookie Austin Plevy for the lead among freshmen.
  • Sophomore defenseman Derek Pratt is leading Hockey East with 23 blocked shots. He currently ranks fourth nationally and averages 2.09 per game.

Last Season vs. Quinnipiac... The Huskies knocked off the No. 15 nationally ranked Quinnipiac Bobcats at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, 4-1, last October 21st. Four different Huskies found the back of the net and sophomore goaltender Rob Nichols made 36 saves to help deliver Huskies their first win of the 2014-15 season. UConn got goals from Evan Richardson, Trevor Gerling, Patrick Kirtland and Jesse Schwartz. The Huskies built a 2-0 lead in the first and were up 3-1 heading into the third. Nichols made 16 of his 36 saves in the third period while the Huskies killed off all four Quinnipiac power plays. UConn scored four times off their 19 total shots.

Scouting the Bobcats... Quinnipiac comes to the XL Center unbeaten at 10-0-0 and ranked #2 and #3 in this week’s national polls. The Bobcats 10-game win streak matches the longest in program history. Quinnipiac is the top-scoring team in the nation averaging 4.5 goals per game and also own the country’s top-power play at 32.6% (15/46). Senior Travis St. Denis and junior Sam Anas lead the way with 12 points apiece. St. Denis and junior Tim Clifton share the team-lead with seven goals each. Senior Michael Garteig has played every minute in goal and boasts a 1.70 goals against with a .929 save percentage.

UConn vs. the ECAC...

- The Huskies were 2-2-1 against the ECAC last season. UConn is 15-51-9 all-time against teams from the ECAC.

- The Huskies have faced Brown (1-5-1), Colgate (2-5-0), Dartmouth (0-2-0), Princeton (0-3-0), Quinnipiac (11-15-2), Rensselaer (0-3-2), Union (1-7-4) and Yale (0-11-0) from the league.

Last Time Out... UConn junior goaltender Rob Nichols turned in 34 saves but the Huskies fell for the sixth-straight game, losing at Vermont 2-1 Friday night in Gutterson Field House. The Huskies and Catamounts each scored second period power play goals but Vermont’s Dan Senkbeil provided the game-winner at 9:05 in the third. Vermont finished with a 36-21 edge on shots including a 17-5 advantage in the final period. Mike Santaguida turned in 20 saves to pick up the win in goal. The Catamounts took advantage of their first power play of the night as junior Brendan Bradley buried a one-timer for the right circle on a cross ice pass from classmate Brady Shaw at 12:08. The Huskies pulled the game even when they converted on their first chance with the extra skater. Freshman Joseph Masonius burst up the left wing and fired off Santaguida’s pad. The rebound came out high where freshman Tage Thompson collected it and scored before Santaguida could recover. UVM came up with the game-winner at 9:05 as rebound off a Craig Puffer shot came out high into the slot where Senkbeil collected and buried in the top right corner for his second on the year and a 2-1 lead.