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UConn Men's Hockey Gameday Preview: Huskies hosting Arizona State in home opener

The puck drops at 7:05pm in the XL Center.

Stephen Quick

Radio/Web: Friday's game can be heard on WHUS 91.7 FM and streamed online at www.whus.org/live/

Video: HuskyVision on UConnHuskies.com

Live Stats: UConnHuskies.com

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First Period

1:44 - GOAL UCONN - Kasperi Ojantakenen nets a shorthanded goal on a wraparound shot off a rebound, 1-0 UConn. The goal caused Arizona State to make a change at goalie already.

16:45 - GOAL UCONN - Max Kalter assisted by Joey Ferriss and Jesse Schwartz, 2-0 UConn.

16:45 - GOAL UCONN - Spencer Naas scored immediately after the ensuing face-off, tipping in the puck on a Max Letunov slap shot, 3-0 UConn.

END 1st Period - UConn up 3-0, 12-10 advantage in shots for Arizona State.

Second Period

3:09 - GOAL UCONN - Shawn Pauly puts in a rebound off a shot by Evan Richardson, 4-0 UConn.

END 2nd Period - Huskies up 4-0, holding 28-17 advantage in shots.

Third Period

6:16 - GOAL ASU - Ryan Belonger, assisted by Joey Raats, 4-1 UConn.

9:05 - GOAL UCONN - Spencer Naas scored his second goal of the game to make it 5-1 UConn.

FINAL - UConn advances to 2-1 on the season with a 5-1 win. GO HUSKIES!

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After opening the season in Alabama last weekend, UConn Men's Hockey (1-1) will take on the Arizona State Sun Devils (1-2) at the XL Center tonight. Unfortunately, the game is scheduled at exactly the same time as UConn Basketball's popular First Night festivities, but the #icebus rolls along.

The Huskies won their first game of the season, 5-2, behind a hat trick from freshman Maxim Letunov but fell by the same score in the second game with backup goalie Steve Thulin in net. Letunov was named Hockey East Co-Rookie of the Week for his performance over the weekend.

Arizona State, a new Division 1 program, opened its season on a two-game road trip through Alaska. The Sun Devils lost to Alaska-Anchorage, 3-2 in overtime, but beat Alaska-Fairbanks 2-1. They are now in the midst of a three-game trip through Connecticut, which started with a 5-0 loss to No. 17 Quinnipiac Thursday night. They will travel to Waterbury to play Sacred Heart on Saturday.

This will be the first all-time meeting between these two programs which are scheduled to play again later this year--January 5 in Tempe--and could play a third time in the Desert Hockey Classic in Glendale, AZ January 8-10.