UConn closes out Thanksgiving week by hosting former Atlantic Hockey foe RIT on Saturday afternoon at the XL Center.
The Huskies snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) on Tuesday night with a 4-1 win at Vermont in Hockey East play. The Huskies win the season series from UVM, 2-1, and it was UConn’s first win at Gutterson Field House since the 1964-65 season, a 10-5 win (Jan. 26, 1965).
UConn goaltender Adam Huska posted a season-high 39 saves while four different Huskies found the back of the net in the win.
Senior Jesse Schwartz scored his fourth goal on the season, marking a new career-high. Classmate Kasperi Ojantakanen picked-up the game winner, his third goal of the season, ending a nine-game span without a goal.
Sophomore defenseman Philip Nyberg scored his first goal of the season and is the 17th Husky this season to find the back of the net this season.
Sophomore Benjamin Freeman had a pair of assists against the Catamounts, matching his career-high and marking his second multi-point game this season and the third of his career.
The UConn power play picked-up a goal on Tuesday night, ending an 0-for-14 streak over the previous four games. On the year, UConn is 12-for-66 with the extra skater, a .182 clip.
UConn closes out their busiest month of the season by hosting a non-conference match-up with RIT and welcoming Northeastern to XL Center on next Tuesday night. This month featured 10 games, seven at home.
The Huskies finish out the first half with six games over the next two weeks. UConn plays 21 games before their December break, leaving just 13 in the second half starting December 30th at Boston College.
Last Meeting vs. RIT ...
October 15, 2016
UConn goaltender Adam made his collegiate debut and turned in a 36-save performance to help lead the Huskies to a 1-1 tie with RIT in front of a sold out crowd of 10,556 at the BlueCross Arena last fall. After two scoreless periods, UConn jumped in front at 5:43 on junior Kasperi Ojantakanen’s first goal of the season. Ojantakanen redirected a shot from classmate Derek Pratt in front. The Tigers found the tying goal at 11:31 as Chase Norrish blasted a one-timer past Huska from the top of the right circle, his second on the season. From there, both goaltenders returned to form and kept the game scoreless the rest of the way. RIT held a 37-22 edge in the shots department while neither team was able to convert on a power play. The UConn defense blocked 25 shots on the night. RIT’s goaltender Mike Rotolo made 21 saves on the night.
Scouting the Tigers ...
The RIT Tigers come into the weekend off a split at Air Force last weekend, dropping the opener 4-3 but rebounding for a 3-2 win in the finale. The Tigers have won three of their last four and six of their last eight coming in. They sit in third place in Atlantic Hockey at 6-2 in conference play. Junior Gabe Valenzuela is the team’s top point producer with five goals and nine assists on the season. Junior Erik Brown has a team-leading eight goals on the year, three coming on the power play. Defensively, freshman Logan Drackett has backed the team in goal starting 10 games with a 3.22 goals against and a .889 save percentage.
UConn vs. Atlantic Hockey ...
UConn is 1-1-0 this season against their former conference, Atlantic Hockey. The Huskies came back from down 3-0 at AIC to beat the Yellow Jackets, 6-4, and dropped a 3-1 decision at Sacred Heart. The Huskies were 0-1-2 last season against teams from their former conference, falling at home to Sacred Heart, 4-2, and tying AIC at home, 2-2, and RIT on the road, 1-1. UConn is 2-5-2 against teams from Atlantic Hockey since leaving the conference in 2014-15 for Hockey East. The Huskies were an inaugural member of the league, playing 11 seasons in Atlantic Hockey. UConn plays three teams from the AHA this season, this weekend’s set and a home game with RIT in November.
Last Time Out ...
UConn sophomore goaltender Adam Huska made a season-high 39 saves to lead the Huskies to a 4-1 Hockey East win at the University of Vermont Tuesday night. Four different Huskies found the back of the net in the win as UConn takes the season series from the Catamounts. The win ends the Huskies six-game winless streak (0-5-1), dating back to a 5-1 win at home over these Catamounts on November 3. The Huskies opened the game building a 3-0 lead in the first period thanks to goals by seniors Jesse Schwartz and Kasperi Ojantakanen and sophomore Philip Nyberg. UVM cut the lead to 3-1 in the third period with an Alex Esposito power play goal as the Catmounts mounted an offensive charge with 20 shots in the period. The Huskies held on and junior Max Kalter added an empty net goal with 21 seconds left to seal the win. Huska turned away 19 in the third period alone as he claimed his fourth win on the year. Vermont’s Stefanos Lekkas made 34 saves in taking the loss.