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Huskies Open New Year at Mariucci Classic

Dec. 30, 2015

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  • UConn begins 2016 with their longest road trip of the season with seven-straight away from home starting this weekend at the 25th annual Mariucci Classic.  The Huskies will face the host Minnesota Golden Gophers on Friday and then either Ferriss State or Harvard on Saturday.
  • The Huskies then head to Arizona where on Tuesday, Jan. 5th they will face Arizona State in the first NCAA home game in Sun Devil hockey history. The game will also mark the first NCAA hockey game played in the state of Arizona since Northern Arizona University stopped sponsoring hockey in 1985.
  • The UConn power play has scored in each of the last three games, posting five special teams goals in that stretch. The Huskies have moved up to fifth in the Hockey East and rank 19th in the nation, converting at 20.6% (14-68).
  • Freshman Tage Thompson seven goals this season have all come on the power play, tying him with Austin Farley of Minnesota Duluth for the NCAA lead. Thompson's seven goals leads the Huskies and is ranked second among league rookies and 13th among all league scorers.
  • Freshman Max Letunov has registered an assist in each of the last five games and leads the team with 12 helpers. Letunov has 10 assists on the power play, tied with New Hampshire's Tyler Kelleher for the most in Hockey East and the country.
  • Letunov's 18 points is third among HEA freshmen and fifth among national rookies.
  • Freshman defenseman Joseph Masonius has picked-up at least a point in five of the last eight games (3g-4a-7p). He is third on the team in scoring with 10 points, ranking eighth among the league's blue liners.
  • Sophomore Jeff Wight scored his first collegiate goal in the 3-3 tie with No. 19 Merrimack. Wight became the 15th different Huskly to find the back of the net this season.

UConn vs. the Big Ten... The Huskies are 2-3-1 all-time versus teams that play in the Big Ten Conference. UConn last faced the league in last season's opening weekend, skating to a 2-2 tie and losing 7-1 at Penn State. The Huskies have faced the Nittany Lions more than any other Big Ten team, posting a 2-1-1 mark . UConn lost to then #5 ranked Michigan, 7-5, during the 2006-07 season and fell to Wisconsin, 8-1, at home way back in the 1966-67 season. UConn has never faced Michigan State, Minnesota or Ohio State.

UConn vs. the WCHA... The Huskies are 6-34-0 all-time against teams playing in the WHCA. UConn has faced Alabama Huntsville more than any other team in the league, going 3-9-0 against the Chargers. The Huskies own wins over Alaska Anchorage (1-6-0), Alaska (1-4-0) and Bemidji State (1-3-0) but are winless against Bowling Green (0-3-1), Ferris State (0-6-0) and Minnesota State (0-5-0). The Huskies have never faced Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech or Northern Michigan. The Huskies are slated to face Michigan Tech in the opening round of the Desert Hockey Classic.

UConn vs. the ECAC... UConn is 15-52-9 all-time against teams from the ECAC. UConn fell to Quinnipiac, 6-2, back in November and went 2-2-1 against the ECAC last season. The Huskies have faced Brown (1-5-1), Colgate (2-5-0), Dartmouth (0-2-0), Princeton (0-3-0), Quinnipiac (11-15-2), Rensselaer (0-3-2), Union (1-7-4) and Yale (0-11-0) from the league. The Huskies will host Brown on February 2nd and could face Yale on day two of the Desert Hockey Classic.

Last Time Out... The UConn men's hockey team got a late power play goal from freshman Joseph Masonius and a stop by Rob Nichols on a breakaway in the final seconds to help the Huskies to a 3-3 tie with No. 19 ranked Merrimack back on December 11th. UConn built a 2-0 lead after second period goals by sophomores Jesse Schwartz and Jeff Wight but saw their lead erased by three-straight Merrimack goals in the third. Merrimack came into the game dead last in the nation on the power play, converting just 2-of-47 attempts but doubled their season total in the third period, scoring twice on back-to-back power plays. Freshman Ludvig Larsson ended the UConn shutout bid with his first career goal at 7:10 of the period. Merrimack got a 5-on-3 opportunity and took advantage with goals by Marc Biega and Justin Hussar just 48 second a part to grab a 3-2 lead. The Huskies got one more power play chance on the night at 18:20, and just 21 seconds into the opportunity, Masonius blasted a slap shot past Collin Delia from the left circle to tie the game. Merrimack nearly pulled off a last second win as Larsson broke free with just seconds left and headed in untouched for a break-away. Nichols came up with the pad save just before the horn sounded to send the game to overtime.