Ice Chips ...
The UConn Huskies return to the ice after a 21-day break when they head to Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Saturday afternoon for a Hockey East match-up with No. 14 ranked Boston College. These two teams met at Kelley Rink back on November 7th with BC posting a 2-1 win.
The Huskies closed out their 21-game first half with a 4-2 win over then No. 16 ranked Colgate at home. UConn ended the fall semester winning five of their last six games. They currently sit in sixth place in the Hockey East standings with 11 points.
Junior Maxim Letunov finished up the first half with 19 points coming on five goals and 14 assists. He had a three-point (1g/2a) night against Colgate, giving him five-straight games with at least a point, a season-long streak. He tied his career-high with three points, giving him 24 career multi-point games, six this year.
Letunov has sprung into a share of the league lead with 14 assists. He has 10 power play points (3g/7a) to lead the Huskies.
Senior Jesse Schwartz ended a 49-game goal drought in UConn's November 10th match-up with Ohio State with a pair of goals and since then, he has been on a tear, piling up 11 points (7g/4a) in 10 games. He scored his seventh goal of the season in the win over Colgate and has had a point in career-best six-straight games.
Schwartz has been the league's top face-off man in the first half, winning .614 percent of his draws (78-49).
Sophomore goaltender Adam Huska was named Defensive Player of the Week by the league on December 11th after leading UConn past UMass and Colgate. It was his first weekly honor this season and the second for his career. He finished the week posting a 1.57 goals against average with a .947 save percentage.
Senior defenseman Johnny Austin finished the first half with 16 points on three goals and 13 assists, all career-high marks. Austin is tied for second among league blue liners in scoring and is tied for 10th among all scorers. He has nine power play points (2g/7a).
Freshman Adam Karashik leads Hockey East and is fifth nationally with 43 blocked shots, a 2.15 per game average.
Last Meeting vs. BC ...
November 7, 2017
UConn senior Jeff Wight scored a power play goal in the second but Boston College answered with a shorthanded score and a power play goal of their own in the period to come away with a 2-1 Hockey East win at Kelley Rink in early November. After a scoreless first period, UConn's Wight gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead with a power play goal at 5:01 in the second period. The Eagles would tie it at 10:10 on a sophomore Julias Mattila shorthanded goal followed by junior defenseman Michael Kim's game-winner at 16:34 in the second, coming on the power play. BC sophomore goaltender Ryan Edquist made 27 saves to earn the win. The Eagles held a 36-28 edge on shots and were 1-for-5 on the power play. The Huskies finished 1-for-6 on the power play, scoring their first power play goal in five games. Sophomore goaltender Adam Huska stopped 34 shots in the loss, his second highest total on the year.
Scouting the Eagles ...
The Boston College Eagles return to the ice after a three-week layoff, coming off a 5-2 loss at home to Northeastern back on December 9th. The Eagles were ranked No. 14 in both the latest versions of the USCHO.com top-20 and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine top-15 polls. All nine of BC's wins this season have come against Hockey East competition as the Eagles are perched atop the league standings with 18 points. Seven different Eagles have double digit points on the season led by sophomore forward Julius Mattila who has five goals and nine assists. Junior Christopher Brown, sophomore Graham McPhee and freshman Christopher Grando all share the team lead with five goals apiece. In goal, sophomore Joseph Woll has played in 15 games and owns a 2.90 goals against average with a .898 save percentage. BC will be without the services of Woll, freshman forward Aapeli Räsänen and associate head coach Greg Brown who will be representing their respecitve countries at this week's IIHF World Junior Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Woll and Brown return to Team USA, who are looking to defend their 2017 gold medal. Räsänen makes his debut on the World Junior stage, representing Team Finland.
Last Time Out ...
The UConn Huskies got a pair of power play goals in the third period from senior Johnny Austin and junior Maxim Letunov to lead the way to a 4-2 win over No. 16 nationally ranked Colgate on December 8 at the XL Center. UConn got two in the second period from senior Jessie Schwartz, his sixth-straight game with a point, and junior Joseph Masonius to erase Colgate's first period 1-0 lead. The Raiders chipped one in during the closing seconds of the second off the stick of Adam Dauda to send the game to the final stanza tied at 2-2. The Huskies got a 5-on-3 power play chance at the 13:29 mark and responded with a pair of goals to grab control. Austin provided what would be the game-winner at 13:57 on the two-man advantage and Letunov made it 4-2 with one second to spare on the power play. Sophomore Adam Huska stopped 28 shots to collect his eight win of the season. Letunov finished the night with three points on a goal and two assists while Austin added a helper to his goal for a two-point night.