Dec. 19, 2013
The 21st Annual UConn Hockey Classic is just over a week away and for the first time in the history of the event it will be played at the XL Center in downtown Hartford. Tickets are on sale now for the two-day hockey event featuring the host Huskies, nationally ranked Quinnipiac, UMass and Sacred Heart.
Reserve your seats at UConnTickets.com or by calling 1-877-522-8499
Sunday, December 29th
4:05 pm - Quinnipiac Bobcats vs. UMass Minutemen
7:05 pm - UConn Huskies vs. Sacred Heart Pioneers
Monday, December 30th
4:05 pm - Consolation Game
7:05 pm - Championship Game
Here is a team by team look at the 2013 Classic field...
UConn Husky Notes
- The Huskies enter the tournament off an Atlantic Hockey sweep over Niagara, 3-2 and 2-1, at home on December 7th & 8th. UConn is 5-2-1 and is tied for third in the AHA standings with RIT and Air Force, all with 11 points. The Huskies can claim two more points as their opening game with Sacred Heart is an AHA contest.
- Senior Brant Harris is closing in on becoming the 27th player at UConn to reach the 100-point mark for his career. Harris now has 92 career points (44g/48a) as he looks to become the 6th player at the Division I level to reach the mark. Fellow seniors Jordan Sims (32g/56a/88p) and Billy Latta (32g/49a/81p) are also closing in on the career mark.
- Sophomore Shawn Pauly is tied for the team lead with 10 points and has scored 8 points over his past five games. Pauly has had a least a point in four of the last five outings.
- The Husky power play (11-50/.220) ranks 3rd in Atlantic Hockey and 13th in the national rankings.
- UConn is the top-ranked team defensively in the AHA, allowing 2.54 gpg.
- UConn enters the tournament tied with Yale as the least penalized team in the country. The Huskies and Bulldogs have both been whistled for 47 penalties on the season with UConn averaging 8.08 penalty minutes per game.
Sacred Heart Pioneer Notes
- Sacred Heart comes into the UConn Hockey Classic having lost four-straight, dropping back-to-back Atlantic Hockey series at home to RIT and at Mercyhurst. The Pioneers sit tied for ninth in the Atlantic Hockey standings with AIC and Army, all with six points.
- The Pioneers opened the 2013-14 season with a 2-1 upset over preseason nationally ranked #1 UMass Lowell, the program's first-ever win over a #1 ranked opponent.
- Freshman Justin Danforth enters the holiday tournament tied with RIT's Todd Skirving as the top-rookie scorer in the AHA. Danforth leads his team with 13 points coming on two goals and 11 assists. He ranks 7th in the AHA in assists and is tied for 16th overall in scoring.
- Junior Drew George is leading his team with five goals and has a pair of game-winners on the year. Junior defenseman Will Rayner has four power play goals this season, tied for 5th among AHA leaders.
- The Pioneers are the most penalized team in the AHA, averaging 15.5 penalty minutes per game. The SHU power play (11-72/.153) and penalty kill (65-86/.756) both rank 9th in the league. SHU is allowing 4.12 goals per game, 10th in the 12-team AHA.
UMass Minutemen Notes
- The UMass Minutemen saw a three-game win streak snapped by the #17 ranked Denver Pioneers, 5-3, in their last action before the tournament. UMass sits at 2-7-2 in ninth place in the Hockey East standings with 6 points.
- The Minutemen have the second-best power play in Hockey East, converting 22.0% (22-100) of their extra-skater chances. Senior defenseman Joel Hanley leads the way with 10 power play points (2g/8a).
- Freshman Steven Iacobellis has a team-best eight goals, five coming on the power play, tied for the league lead. UMass has 22 power play goals on the season, ranking fourth nationally.
- Junior defenseman Oleg Yevenko traveled back to his native Belarus during the holiday break to take part in a training camp and international tournament with the Belarusian national squad. Yevenko and Belarus took part in the Arosa Challenge, hosted by the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation and is vying for a spot on the Belarus roster for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which will be played in May in his hometown of Minsk.
Quinnipiac Bobcat Notes
- The Quinnipiac Bobcats come in at 13-3-3 overall and ranked 8th in the latest national polls. The Bobcats are 6-2-2 in the ECAC and are second in the standings with 14 points. Union, who is ranked 6th in the top-20 national poll leads the league with 16 points.
- The Bobcats are 1-2-2 in their last five games with the lone win coming against opening opponent UMass (W, 6-1).
- Quinnipiac finished 30-8-5 last season and were the National Runner-Up after falling to Yale in the NCAA title game.
- After a loss at Alaska Anchorage in their 2013-14 season opener, the Bobcats rang off a 13-game unbeaten streak (12-0-1).
- Freshman Sam Anas is 3rd in the ECAC and 7th in the country with 25 points (13g/12a). Anas is the top-freshman scorer in the ECAC and his 13 goals is tied for 2nd nationally.
- The Bobcats have three players ranked among the top-10 scorers in the ECAC in Anas, senior Kellen Jones (5th - 9g/14a/23p) and senior Connor Jones (7th - 6g/15a/21p).
- QU owns the top penalty kill in the country (80-88/.909) and ranks 3rd nationally in scoring defense (1.95 g/gm).