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UConn will close out the first half of the season on Friday night playing host to the No. 16 nationally ranked Colgate Raiders. Friday night’s game will be broadcast live on WCTX MyTV9 throughout Connecticut.
The Huskies and Raiders played to a 4-4 tie last season in Hamilton, N.Y. This will be the first of three match-ups with teams from the ECAC this season. UConn will host Quinnipiac to kick-off 2018 and travel to Brown in February.
UConn is coming off an 8-2 thumping of UMass in a Hockey East match-up on Tuesday night. It was UConn’s highest goal output since an 8-1 win at AIC in November of 2013.
The Huskies come in having won four of their last five after going winless (0-5-1) in their previous six.
Senior Jeff Wight and sophomore Benjamin Freeman are both coming off two-goal performances on Tuesday. Wight and Freeman each recorded their first career multi-goal games in the win. Wight returned to the lineup on Friday night after missing the previous eight games with injury.
Senior defenseman Derek Pratt set a new career-high with two assists for two points, his first career multi-point game. Classmate Jesse Schwartz picked-up an assist in the win and extended his point streak to five-straight games. Since November 10th (9 gms), Schwartz has posted 10 points (6g/4a).
Sophomore Alexander Paysov registered a power play goal in the win on Tuesday and has scored a goal in three-straight games since returning from a nine-game absence (inj.). He leads the team with six power play goals this season, ranking second in both Hockey East and the nation.
The UConn power play has scored a goal in five-straight games, converting 7-for 24 during that stretch (.292). On the season, the Huskies have 18 power play goals and play to a .207 (18-87) percentage.
Freshman defenseman Adam Karashik leads Hockey East in blocked shots with 42 (2.21 pg) and is tied for fourth nationally.
Last Meeting vs. Colgate ...
October 14, 2016
UConn battled back from down 3-2 after two periods to come away with a 4-4 tie Colgate last October. The Huskies got goals from four different players as defenseman David Drake led the way with a goal and an assist. The Huskies held a 45-27 edge in the shot department but went 0-for-8 on the power play. UConn goaltender Rob Nichols made 23 saves while Colgate’s Colton Point stopped 41 shots in his collegiate debut. In addition to Drake’s two-point night, Benjamin Freeman collected a pair of assists, his first collegiate points. The Huskies also got goals from Derek Pratt, Brian Morgan and Tage Thompson. The Raiders built a 3-2 lead in the first and kept the Huskies at bay in the second before UConn tacked on a pair in the final 20 minutes. Colgate finished one-of-six on the power play and also added a shorthanded goal on the night.
Scouting the Raiders ...
The Raiders are currently 8-5-4 and coming off of a loss at Army West Point this past weekend. In the ECAC coach’s preseason poll, Colgate was picked to finish 11th and currently, they are fourth in the standings. Forward Bobby McMann has nine goals on the season, putting him fourth among the ECAC offensive leaders. Colgate’s goaltender Colton Point places in the top five in three different categories. Both his 1.76 goals against average and .667 win percentage leave him fourth while his .944 save percentage places him second amongst all ECAC goaltenders.
UConn vs. the ECAC ...
- UConn is 17-54-10 all-time against teams from the ECAC.
- The Huskies will face Colgate, Quinnipiac and Brown this season.
- The Huskies were 1-2-1 against the ECAC last season, beating Brown 4-1 in the Desert Hockey Classic and falling to then No. 4/3 Quinnipiac, 5-2, Yale 4-2 and skating to a 4-4 gridlock with Colgate.
- Under head coach Mike Cavanaugh, the Huskies are 4-5-2 against the ECAC.
- The Huskies have faced Brown (3-5-1), Colgate (2-5-1), Dartmouth (0-2-0), Princeton (0-3-0), Quinnipiac (11-17-2), Rensselaer (0-3-2), Union (1-7-4) and Yale (0-12-0) from the league.
Last Time Out ...
UConn got goals from six different Huskies on Tuesday night on the way to an 8-2 rout of the Massachusetts Minutemen in a Hockey East match-up at the XL Center. Senior Jeff Wight and sophomore Benjamin Freeman each scored a pair to lead the UConn in the lopsided win. UConn built a 3-0 lead in the first on Wight’s two goals and a sophomore Alexander Payusov power play goal. Freshman Brian Rigali scored his first collegiate goal in the opening seconds of the second period followed by Freeman’s pair to make it 6-0 after two. Junior Maxim Letunov and senior Spencer Naas added third period goals to put the stamp on the Huskies highest goal total since an 8-1 win at AIC in November of 2013. UMass tacked on goals by Brett Boeing and Austin Plevy in the third while the Minutemen outshot UConn, 29-22. UConn sophomore goaltender Adam Huska made 26 saves in earning the win.