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UConn Hosts #2 Boston College

Nov. 23, 2015

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The Last Meeting
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January 24, 2015
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Huskies Come Up Short at #19 Boston College, 3-2
Boston College's Ryan Fitzgerald recorded a hat-trick to lead the Eagles past the UConn Huskies, 3-2, in a Hockey East match-up Saturday Night in front of a crowd of 6,815 at Kelley Rink.

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  • UConn takes on the No. 2 ranked Boston College Eagles as the Huskies are in a stretch of facing five-straight nationally ranked opponents. Up next is a home-and-home with No. 4 ranked UMass Lowell before hosting No. 13 ranked Merrimack to end the fall semester.
  • The Huskies host the Eagles looking to end a seven-game losing streak. UConn has lost seven-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 1.6 goals and 24.1 shots per game during this seven-game slide. On the flip side, UConn as allowed 4.1 goals per game and 33.4 shots per night during the same span.
  • Junior Ryan Segalla has been suspended by Hockey East for tonight’s game. The one-game suspension is stemming from a spearing incident at 3:05 of the second period against Quinnipiac last Tuesday.
  • 24 of UConn’s 30 goals this season have been scored by a freshman or sophomore while the two combined classes have registered 59 points through the first 12 games.
  • Freshman Max Letunov currently sits tied for ninth in Hockey East in scoring. His 14 points is tied for second among HEA freshmen and third among national rookies.
  • Letunov’s six goals are tied for eighth in Hockey East and tied with Boston College rookie Colin White and UMass rookie Austin Plevy for the lead among freshmen in the league.
  • Letunov has seven assists on the power play, tied for the most in the nation.

Last Season vs. Boston College... The Huskies went 1-1 against Boston College last season in the first ever meetings between the two schools. UConn came away with the program’s first-ever win over a nationally ranked top-five opponent in shutting out #3 Boston College, 1-0 at home. Evan Richardson, a BC transfer, provided all the offense the Huskies would need, scoring the game’s only goal midway through the first period. Goaltender Rob Nichols made it stand up, stopping all 35 shots he faced in recording his third career shutout win. The win also marked the first-ever Hockey East victory for the Huskies. In the rematch in January, Boston College’s Ryan Fitzgerald recorded a hat-trick to lead the #19 Eagles past UConn, 3-2, at Kelley Rink. The Huskies got goals from Ryan Segalla and Joona Kunnas and a 37 save effort from Nichols in net in the loss. Fitzgerald provided all the scoring for including a pair of power play goals as the Eagles. UConn held a 1-0 lead after the first period on the Segalla goal and were up 2-1 in the second late before Fitzgerald tied it with 54 seconds left in the period. He finished off the hat trick at 12:20 in the third with the game-winner. BC goaltender Thatcher Demko made 19 saves in net to garner the win.

Scouting the Eagles... The Boston College Eagles come into Tuesday night’s game having won nine-straight and ranked No. 2 in this week’s national polls. The Eagles posted a 6-3 win on the road at New Hampshire in their only action last weekend and enter the week tied for second place in the Hockey East standings with eight points in the early going. BC has lost just once this season, a 2-1 defeat at Rensselaer in game two. The Eagles have posted six shutouts in their 10 wins this season, led by junior goaltender Thatcher Demko who has played every minute in net this season. Demko has dominated this season, posting a 1.18 goals against average and a .955 save percentage. His six shutouts lead the nation. Freshman Colin White is one of the top rookies in Hockey East and the country, leading both with 17 points on the year. His 11 assists is also tops in both the league and country. Fellow freshman Miles Wood is also among the top-rookies, scoring 14 points on five goals and nine assists this season. On the blue line, senior Teddy Doherty and freshman Casey Fitzgerald both are among the league’s top-scoring defensemen with eight points apiece.

Last Time Out... The UConn hockey team saw a 2-0 first period lead erased by the No. 2/3 ranked Quinnipiac Bobcats who scored six unanswered goals, four on the power play, to come away with a 6-2 win at the XL Center one week ago. UConn got a pair of first period goals from freshmen Joseph Masonius and Max Kalter in the loss. The Huskies took a season-high 12 penalties in the loss, six coming in the second period where Quinnipiac put four goals on the board. The Bobcats out shot UConn 38-15 on the night, holding the Huskies to just seven total shots over the second and third periods. UConn jumped up 2-0 and led 2-1 after the first period. Quinnipiac took control of the game in the first five minutes of the second. The Bobcats scored twice in the first 1:04 of play and four times by the five minute mark. UConn netminder Rob Nichols finished the night with 32 saves in taking the loss. Quinnipiac’s Michael Garteig relieved Sean Lawrence in goal to start the second period and got the win making seven saves.