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UConn Faces #5 UMass Lowell in Home-and Home Weekend Set

Dec. 3, 2015

vs. UMass Lowell Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

The Last Meeting
January 10, 2015
Hartford, Conn. - XL Center
Huskies Shutout #5 Ranked UMass Lowell, 2-0
Senior Jacob Poe (Arlington, Texas) provided the game-winning goal and sophomore Rob Nichols (Dallas, Texas) stopped all 21 shots he faced to lead the UConn Huskies to a 2-0 win over No. 6/5 nationally ranked UMass Lowell Saturday night at the XL Center in front of a crowd of 6,855. For the fourth time this season the Huskies knock-off a nationally ranked opponent as they even their Hockey East record at 4-4-1 on the season.

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  • UConn faces No. 5 nationally ranked UMass Lowell in a home-and-home series Saturday and Sunday. The Huskies are in the midst of a stretch of five-straight games against teams ranked in the national polls. The Huskies will end the fall semester hosting Merrimack next Friday. The Warriors were ranked No. 16 in this week’s Top-20 poll.
  • Sunday’s game will be UConn’s first appearance on TV this season. The game will be televised as part of Hockey East’s season package with the American Sports Network. The game will be available regionally on both NESN and SNY networks.
  • The Huskies are looking to end an eight-game losing streak, their longest slide 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 last time UConn dropped nine-straight was in 2005-06.
  • The Huskies are averaging 1.5 goals and 24.9 shots per game during this eight-game slide. On the flip side, UConn has allowed 4.3 goals per game and 33.1 shots per night during that span.
  • Freshman Max Letunov currently sits tied for 10th in Hockey East in scoring. His 15 points is tied for third among HEA freshmen and fourth among national rookies.
  • Letunov has seven assists on the power play, tied for the most in Hockey East and second in the nation.
  • Sophomore Spencer Naas scored the lone UConn goal in the 5-1 loss to Boston College, ending an eight-game goal drought, the longest of his young career. The longest Naas went last season without a goal was five games.

Last Season vs. UMass Lowell... The Huskies and River Hawks met three times last season with UMass Lowell winning two of the three meetings. The River Hawks knocked off UConn twice in the month of December, winning at home 6-4 in the first-ever Hockey East match-up between the two schools, then posting a 3-2 win over the Huskies in the championship game of the Frozen Holiday Classic in Bridgeport. UConn used a superb defensive effort in game three, blanking the River Hawks at home in the XL Center 2-0. The Huskies limited UMass Lowell to just 21 shots and blocked 23 shots in front of goaltender Rob Nichols who earned his second shutout of the season. Jacob Poe scored the game-winner on a power play goal midway through the second period while Spencer Naas tacked on a late third period goal for the Huskies.

Scouting the River Hawks... The UMass Lowell River Hawks enter the weekend unbeaten in their last nine-straight and sit atop the Hockey East standings with a 6-0-3 league mark. Their nine-game unbeaten streak is currently the fourth longest in the country. The River Hawks are ranked No. 5 this week in both national polls after winning the inaugural Belpot Trophy at the “Friendship Four” in Belfast, Northern Ireland. UML topped Northeastern in overtime, 3-2, and skated to a 5-5 tie with Brown while claiming the tournament title in a shoot-out. The River Hawks are led by senior Adam Chapie and sophomore C.J. Smith who have 15 points apiece on the season. Chapie leads the team with seven goals. Junior defenseman Dylan Zink is among the league’s top-blue liners with five goals, four on the power play, and four assists. In net, senior Kevin Boyle has played every minute and is second in the league in goals against, 1.57, and save percentage, .945. Boyle ranks fifth nationally in both categories. As a team, the River Hawks allow just 1.60 goals per game, second to only Boston College in the league and ranked fourth nationally.

Last Time Out... The UConn men’s hockey team fell behind 4-0 in the first period to the No. 2 nationally ranked Boston College Eagles on the way to a 5-1 loss last week at the XL Center. The Huskies lone goal came off the stick of sophomore Spencer Naas who notched his third of the season in the third period. The loss is the eighth-straight for the Huskies while Boston College is off to their best start under long time head coach Jerry York. The Eagles dominated the first period of play, outshooting the Huskies 13-5 while tacking four goals on the scoreboard. After a scoreless second, UConn ended the shutout bid at 1:25 of the third on Naas’ third of the season. Freshman Max Letunov fed the puck out of the corner to classmate Tage Thompson in front. Thompson left it behind for Naas in the slot who buried it past BC goaltender Demko Thatcher glove side to cut the lead to 4-1. UConn netminder Rob Nichols made 26 saves in taking the loss. Demko turned away 29 shots for BC. Both teams finished 0-for-4 on the power play.