UConn returns to the XL Center on Tuesday night on the heels of a 4-0 win at then No. 5/4 ranked Boston University on Saturday night. The Huskies split their weekend series with the Terriers and are tied for sixth in the Hockey East standings with six points.
The Huskies will play host to the No. 4/3 ranked Boston College Eagles who come in atop the league standings with an unbeaten mark of 5-0-1 on the year. The Eagles saw a 10-game unbeaten streak come to an end last weekend, falling at Harvard 5-2.
UConn will play four of their next five games on their home ice in Hartford to close out the first semester. The Huskies are 2-1-1 at home this season.
Freshman goaltender Adam Huska was named the Pro Ambitions Hockey East Rookie of the Week after stopping all 37 shots he faced to earn his first career shutout in beating BU 4-0. Huska helped guide the Huskies to their first-ever win at Agganis Arena.
The rookie netminder has seen action in six games this season and has made 30 or more saves in five of those appearances. He ranks second in Hockey East with a .930 save percentage. He has a 2.60 goals against average, ranking ninth.
Senior goaltender Rob Nichols has played in seven games and sports a 2.35 goals against with a .916 save percentage, ranking sixth and eight, respectively, among league leaders.
In Saturday’s win, UConn saw its streak of eight-straight games with a power play goal come to an end, finishing 0-for-4 with the extra skater. On the season, UConn fourth in Hockey East and 16th nationally on the power play, converting at 20.3 percent (13/64).
Sophomore Tage Thompson leads the team with 15 points (7g/8a) to rank ninth in the league. On the power play, Thompson has nine points (4g/5a), ranked sixth. Last season, Thompson led the country with 13 power play goals.
On Friday night, 10 different Huskies collected a point in the win led by junior Johnny Austin who collected a pair of assists in the win, matching his career-high. Junior Corey Ronan picked-up his first goal of the season. On the year, 15 different players have scored a goal.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
The Boston College Eagles are at the top of the Hockey East standings with 11 points thanks to a 5-0-1 league mark. The Eagles are 10-3-1 overall and coming off a 5-2 loss at Harvard that snapped a six-game winning streak and a 10-game unbeaten streak. BC is ranked fourth in this week’s USCHO.com top-20 and third in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine top-15 weekly polls. The Eagles sport the league’s top-offense averaging 3.86 goals per game, a number that ranks fourth in the nation. BC is tops in the league in goal margin at +22. Sixteen different Eagles have found the back of the net this season with 14 players recording multiple goals. Senior Matthew Gaudreau is the team’s top-point producer with 14 points (4g/10a) while classmate Austin Cangelosi is the team’s top-goal scorer with eight. Sophomore defenseman Casey Fitzgerald has 13 points, tied from tops among the league’s blue liners. In goal, freshman Joe Woll has seen the majority of minutes and has a 2.32 goals against and a .924 save percentage. One area the Eagles have struggled in is on the penalty kill, ranking last in the league at 80.4 percent (74/92). BC has allowed 18 power play goals this season, the fourth highest total in the country.
LAST MEETING WITH BC
The Huskies went 0-1-1 against Boston College last season, falling at home 5-1 and earning a 3-3 tie on the road. In the November match-up at the XL Center, UConn fell behind 4-0 in the first period and never recovered in the 5-1 defeat. The Huskies lone goal came off the stick of sophomore Spencer Naas. BC got a goal and two assists from Colin White while Austin Cangelosi and Miles Wood each scored and had an assist. In the rematch in January in Chestnut Hill, UConn’s Maxim Letunov scored the game-tying goal at 11:04 in the third period while goaltender Tanner Creel made 28 saves to lead the Huskies to a 3-3 tie. Jesse Schwartz and Patrick Kirtland scored the other UConn goals. BC’s Travis Jeke, Alex Tuch and White all scored for the Eagles while Thatcher Demko made 28 saves.
Adam Huska WINS PRO AMBITIONS HOCKEY ROOKIE AWARD
Freshman goaltender Adam Huska was named the Pro Ambitions Hockey East Rookie of the Week announced by Hockey East on Monday. Huska earns his first rookie award of the season and adds it to his Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week award he earned earlier in the year.
Huska backstopped the Huskies to a 4-0 shutout on the road at No. 5/4 ranked Boston University on Saturday night, giving UConn its first win at Agganis Arena and a season split with the Terriers. Huska stopped all 37 shots he faced on Saturday night to record the first shutout of his collegiate career. In six of the seven games he has started this season, Huska has made 30 or more saves for the Huskies. The rookie netminder in second in Hockey East in save percentage at .930, a mark that ranks him 11th among NCAA leaders. Huska is ninth in the league with a 2.60 goals against average.
FORMER HUSKY SCHNEIDER GETS NHL CALL-UP
Former UConn standout Cole Schneider (2010-12) was called up to the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and made his season debut against the Ottawa Senators on November 9th. Schneider recorded his first NHL point in the Sabres 2-1 overtime shootout loss to the Senators, picking up the assist on Nicholas Baptiste’s first period goal. After playing in the Sabres game against New Jersey, he was sent back down to the Rochester Americans (AHL) but was called up again this past weekend. He has appeared in three games this season with an assist. With Rochester, Schneider posted 17 points (7g/10a) in 12 games.
Schneider made his NHL debut with Buffalo at the end of last season, playing in the final two games of the regular season against Columbus and the New York Islanders. Schneider skated for the Huskies for two seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12, playing in 75 games while scoring 78 points on 36 goals and 42 assists.