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Huskies Host UMass Friday Night on ASN and NESN

Dec. 8, 2016

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ICE CHIPS
The UConn Huskies will close out the first half of the season on Friday night playing host to the UMass Minutemen at the XL Center.  The two teams skated to a 2-2 tie in their first meeting back on Nov. 4th.

The Last Meeting
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November 4, 2016
Amherst, Mass.
UConn and UMass Skate to 2-2 Tie
The UConn Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead just three minutes into Friday night’s game at Massachusetts but couldn’t hold the Minutemen at bay as they stormed back in the second and third periods to force a 2-2 tie in a Hockey East match-up at the Mullins Center.

The Huskies scored twice in the first 3:10 of the game on Maxim Letunov and Miles Gendron goals but the Minutemen stormed back in the second and third to come away with the tie.  UMass out shot UConn 22-7 in the second and third and got goals from Austin Plevy and Kurt Keats.

The Huskies are coming off a three-point weekend against then No. 4/3 ranked UMass Lowell.  UConn posted a 3-2 win behind a pair of Tage Thompson goals on Friday and grabbed a 2-2 tie at home on Saturday. 

Freshman goaltender Adam Huska won his second Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week award after a pair of 30-plus save performances against the River Hawks. 

Huska is 3-0-1 against Hockey East competition this season with all three wins coming on the road against teams ranked in the top-10 nationally at the time.  He currently sits third in the league with a .923 save percentage and is 11th with a 2.71 goals against average.

Both Tage Thompson and Adam Huska were named to their respective countries World Junior Championship preliminary rosters this week and will head to training camp after final exams next week.  Thompson was one of 27 players, 12 from Hockey East, to earn a spot on the U.S. National Team preliminary roster.  Huska was named to Slovakia’s National Team preliminary roster.  He played for Slovakia at the 2016 IIHF U20 World Championship in Finland, appearing in five games.

Through 17 games, Thompson leads the team with 18 points coming on 10 goals and eight assists.  He is tied for fifth in Hockey East with 10 goals and tied for 10th in points.  He has five power play goals and leads the team with 10 power play points.  Over his 53 games at UConn, Thompson has collected 50 points on 24 goals and 26 assists.

Junior Spencer Naas collected a pair of goals against UMass Lowell last weekend and is now second on the club with seven on the year.  He has 29 goals over his three seasons.

SCOUTING THE MINUTEMEN
The UMass Minutemen come into the weekend at 4-8-2 overall and 2-6-1 in Hockey East, tied for eighth with five points.  The Minutemen are coming off a split at home over nationally ranked Notre Dame, winning 5-4 in the first game and falling 3-0 to the Irish in game two.  Sophomore Austin Plevy is the team’s leader in scoring with 10 points and five goals.  Four of Plevy’s five goals have come on the power play this year. Freshman goaltender Ryan Wischow has seen action in 10 games and has a 2.60 goals against and a .909 save percentage, ranking eighth and 10th, respectively, in Hockey East. 

LAST MEETING WITH UMASS
The UConn Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead just three minutes into the game at Massachusetts but couldn’t hold the Minutemen at bay as they stormed back in the second and third periods to force a 2-2 tie at the Mullins Center on Nov. 4.  The Huskies dominated the first period, outshooting the Minutemen 12-2 while scoring twice in the first 3:10.  Sophomores Maxim Letunov and Miles Gendron both scored for the Huskies in the opening minutes to get UConn off to a blazing start.  The Minutemen flipped the script on UConn in the second and third periods, outshooting the Huskies 22-7 and getting goals from Austin Plevy and Kurt Keats to tie the game and force overtime.  UMass finished with a 25-22 edge overall on shots on the night.  After Letunov’s opening power play goal, the Huskies went 0-for-5 the rest of the night with the extra skater.  UMass was 1-for-8 on the power play.  Freshman goaltender Adam Huska made 23 saves for the Huskies while UMass’ Ryan Wischow turned away 20 shots, keeping UConn off the board after the opening two goals.

HUSKA AND THOMPSON NAMED TO WORLD JUNIORS PRELIMINARY ROSTERS
UConn sophomore Tage Thompson and freshman Adam Huska were both selected to the preliminary rosters for their respective native countries for the 2017 World Junior Championships on December 26th through January 7th in Montreal and Toronto.

Thompson, a first-round pick (26th overall) by the St. Louis Blues in the 2016 NHL Draft, is one of 27 players named to the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster announced by USA Hockey on Monday.  Thompson will be competing for a spot on the final 23-man roster that will make-up Team USA.  He will be headed to training camp from December 16th-20th at HarborCenter in Buffalo, N.Y.  He is one of 12 players from Hockey East programs to make the 2017 preliminary roster for Team USA.

Huska, a seventh round pick (184th overall) by the New York Rangers in the 2015 NHL Draft, has been named to the Slovakia National Junior Team preliminary roster and will be competing for a spot on the final 23-man roster.  He will attend Slovakia’s training camp in Montreal, Quebec starting on December 16th.  He was a part of Slovakia’s national team at the 2016 IIHF U20 World Championship in Finland.  He appeared in five games and was named a top-three player on his team at last winter’s tournament.

Adam Huska WINS SECOND PRO AMBITIONS HOCKEY ROOKIE AWARD
Freshman goaltender Adam Huska won his second Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week award this week.  He adds his two rookie nods to his Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week award he earned earlier in the year.

The freshman netminder turned in a pair of 30-plus save performances in going 1-0-1 against No. 4/3 UMass Lowell last weekend.  On Friday, Huska stopped 31 shots as the Huskies came away with a 3-2 win on the road at the Tsongas Center.  In Saturday’s series finale, Huska stopped 34 shots as UConn came away with a 2-2 tie, earning three points on the weekend.

Huska is 3-0-1 against Hockey East competition this season with all three wins coming on the road against teams ranked in the top-10 nationally at the time.  He currently sits third in the league with a .923 save percentage and is 11th with a 2.71 goals against average.


 

 

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