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UConn Men's Hockey: home Hockey East opener vs. No. 3 Boston College - First Intermission Report: UConn up 1-0

After one period, the Huskies have a 1-0 lead on an Evan Richardson power play goal

BC went on the attack early with speed, but UConn contained well.  The Huskies had two good chances early, but both were stopped by BC's all-world goaltender Thatcher Demko.   A decent break and opportunity in the third minute seemed like it would bounce in, but a seemingly floating, flipping puck was swatted out of the crease mid-air by a BC defenseman.

A hooking penalty at 3:59 on BC's  Brendan Silk gave UConn their first PP.  A good chance about 20 seconds in went just wide of the post, and BC ended up clearing after a few sweaty chances in front of the net. An offside slowed UConn's momentum and the Eagles successfully killed the penalty off.

The Huskies kept the Eagles on their heels with multiple steals and breaks, but made their first real mistake with an icing at 7:43.  The Huskies recovered and forced Demo to make two stick saves.  A great chance in front of the BC net led to a scrum that sent Ryan Fitzgerald to the penalty box for roughing at 10:31. Pauly netted the Huskies first goal on a wrister in the slot from Evan Richardson to beat Demko glove-side.

The two sides traded possession after the goal, but UConn committed its first penalty at 14:48 on a very shaky interference call on Poe.  UConn had a tough time clearing the puck out of the offensive zone, leading to a few very shaky moments in front of net but UConn held strong, killing the PK with a number of blocked shots and three saves by Rob "ICEBUS" Nichols.

BC almost caught UConn on a change but the defense recovered quickly.  An icing on BC lead to a UConn face-off win that almost caught Demko off-guard but he made an amazing snag with his glove.  The period ended to thunderous applause from the nearly 7,000 fans in attendance.

UConn Boston College
Shots 13 9
Face-offs won 7 16
Penalties-minutes 1-2 2-4

Goals: UCONN, 11:52 - Evan Richardson (Assisted by Johnny Austin and Kasperi Ojantakanen)

GO HUSKIES!!