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UConn makes a pre-Thanksgiving stop at the University of Vermont Tuesday night to close out their three-game season series. The Huskies and Catamounts split their two meetings earlier this month at the XL Center with UConn taking the opener, 5-1, and UVM rebounding for a 4-2 win to close the weekend.
The Huskies head into Tuesday night’s game on the heels of being swept in a home-and-home set with UMass Lowell over the weekend. The Huskies lost in Lowell, 5-2, and were shutout at home, 1-0.
The Huskies are looking to end a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) with their last win coming against Vermont on November 3rd. UConn is just 1-9-2 over their last 12.
A pair of Huskies lead the team in scoring in senior Spencer Naas and junior Maxim Letunov, both with 10 points. Naas scored his fifth of the season in Friday night’s loss at UMass Lowell to go with five assists on the year. Letunov picked-up the assist on the Naas goal and now has eight helpers on the year to go with two goals.
Junior Max Kalter scored shorthanded on Friday night, the Huskies’ third shorty of the season and the first of his career. He has four goals on the year.
The Huskies were shutout for the second time this season in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of the River Hawks. UConn put 33 shots on goal while allowing a season-low 15 in the loss.
UConn and Vermont come into Tuesday night’s match-up with the two lowest scoring offenses in the league at 2.40 and 2.33 goals per game, respectively. The Huskies are 1-6-0 in games decided by two goals or less (0-4-0 in one goal games). UConn has scored two goals or fewer in nine of their 15 games this season.
UConn closes out their busiest month of the season by hosting a non-conference match-up with RIT of Atlantic Hockey on Saturday afternoon and welcoming Northeastern to XL Center on next Tuesday night. This month featured 10 games, seven at home.
The Huskies play 21 games before their December break, leaving just 13 in the second half starting December 30th at Boston College.
This Season vs. Vermont ...
Game 1 (Nov. 3, 2017)
In the series opener, four different Huskies scored goals as UConn snapped a five-game winless streak with a 5-1 win. UConn was led by senior Spencer Naas who potted two on the night. The Huskies used a solid defensive effort, allowing Vermont 22 shots, matching a then season-low for an opponent. Junior forward Max Kalter opened up the scoring for the Huskies at 11:33 in the first. After Vermont tied the game 1-1 early in the second, UConn answered with three-straight to take command. After giving up a goal on Vermont’s first power play chance, the Huskies killed off the last five chances of the night. Naas made it 5-1 at 15:19 in the third, scoring his second of the game.
Game 2 (Nov. 4, 2017)
In the weekend finale, the Huskies held a 2-0 lead early in the second period but Vermont would rattle off four unanswered goals on the way to a split in the series. UConn built a lead thanks to goals by juniors Miles Gendron in the first and Maxim Letunov early in the second period. Following the Letunov goal, the Huskies got a five-minute major power play chance but it was Vermont who capitalized and swung the momentum. UVM’s Colton drew a penalty on a break-away during the kill and was awarded a penalty shot, he converted to start the Catamount comeback. Senior Jarrid Privitera and sophomore Matt Alvaro scored late in the second. The Huskies outshot UVM 12-2 in the final period but sophomore goaltender Stefanos Lekkas stopped every shot he saw and the Catamounts tacked on a fourth goal to seal away the road win. Lekkas finished the night with 31 saves to earn the win while Vermont killed off all four UConn power play chances.
Scouting the Catamounts ...
Since nabbing a 4-2 win over UConn on November 4th, the Vermont Catamounts have lost three-straight, dropping a weekend pair at home to Boston College and losing at No. 12 Northeastern, 2-1, Friday night. The Catamounts are 1-6-1 over their last eight coming in and are just 1-3-1 at home in Gutterson Field House this season. UVM comes in with the lowest scoring offense in the league at 2.33 goals per game with sophomore Ross Colton leading the team with eight points on eight goals. Classmate Matt O’Donnell has eight points on four goals and four assists. In net, sophomore Stefanos Lekkas has started all 12 games this season and has a 3.17 goals against with a .909 save percentage. He has one shutout on the ledger this season, a 3-0 win at home over Colorado College.
Last Time Out ...
The Huskies dropped a Hockey East home-and-home series with UMass Lowell, losing 5-2 and 1-0. On Friday night, UMass Lowell got two goals apiece from John Edwardh and Ryan Dmowski on the way to a 5-2 win at the Tsongas Center. The River Hawks built a 2-0 first period lead and never trailed. Dmowski added an assist to his two goals for a three point night. Freshman Charlie Levesque scored the other UML goal, his first collegiate goal. For UConn, senior Spencer Naas scored his fifth of the season while junior Max Kalter added a shorthanded goal in the third period. In goal, UML junior Christoffer Hernberg stopped 23 shots to record the win. The Huskies held a 25-24 edge on shots but were 0-for-4 on the power play. On Saturday, UMass Lowell’s Hernberg turned away 33 shots as the River Hawks swept the series with a 1-0 win at the XL Center. UConn outshot the River Hawks, 33-15, and nearly doubled them up on shot attempts, 68-39 but couldn’t crack Hernberg. The River Hawks got the only goal they would need at 7:10 of the second period with junior Connor Wilson finishing off a feed from sophomore Kenny Hausinger. Both teams were 0-for-3 on the power play.