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Men's Hockey Gameday Preview: UConn at No. 8 Boston University, 4 p.m.

The #IceBus is in Boston today taking on one of the best teams in the country in Boston University.

After beating Arizona State 5-1, the Huskies open Hockey East play at Boston University Saturday afternoon.
After beating Arizona State 5-1, the Huskies open Hockey East play at Boston University Saturday afternoon.
Ian Bethune/TrueBlueUConn.com

Game Updates

Third Period

FINAL SCORE: BU wins 4-2. Good fight from UConn. Max Letunov the third star of the game. Ryan Cloonan second. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson first.

19:45 – BU GOAL! UConn doesn't bring Nichols out for the face-off. Huskies push the puck into the zone with a chance, but Brandon Hickey careens it off the boards and sends it the length of the ice into the net.

19:36 – UCONN GOAL! Letunov, seconds after being denied, puts in a rebound on a quick shot off the face-off. UConn now down 3-2 with 23.6 to play.

18:45 – UConn goes empty net.

14:49 – Another power play for BU as time starts to run out for UConn. Derek Pratt called for roughing. Made a big hit along the boards, then something happened after the play. He was not happy with the call, jawed with a few people on the way to the box.

8:50 – BU GOAL! Brandon Fortunato beats Nichols with an open shot from just inside the right circle. Long penalty hurt the Huskies here.

6:38 – Tough spot for UConn. Spencer Naas given a five-minute major for kneeing. Collided with Bobo Carpenter in the open ice. Carpenter struggled to get off the ice.

5:50 – BU GOAL! Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson scores his first collegiate goal on a well-worked play following a face-off on the power play. Terriers lead 2-1.

4:52 – BU on the power play. Patrick Kirtland gets called for holding. All BU to start the third. Big two minutes for UCOnn.

Second Period

END SECOND – UConn 1, BU 1, Letunov's goal has UConn back on level terms.

13:56 – UConn with another power play chance, it's third of the period. Cloonan for hooking.

12:05 – Richardson nearly squeaks a shot in, but it hit someone in front. BU gets the kill.

9:16 – Another power play for UConn. Hickey back to the box for interference. UConn 0-for-2.

4:48 – UCONN GOAL! It's Max Letunov! The former BU commit scores against the Terriers with a sweet finish in front. Give the assists to Tage Thompson and Kyle Huson. Echoing "UConn Huskies" chant erupts after the Huskies tie it up.

3:40 – BU kills the penalty. Take Thompson hit the post early in the shift, and Patrick Kirtland nearly scored as the penalty expired, but the Terriers still lead.

0:59 – UConn gets a power play early in the second period. Brandon Hickey called for a cross check. Huskies unsuccessful the first time around.

First Period

END FIRST: UConn trails 1-0. Great start, but BU found its footing and took control. Cloonan's goal the difference.

17:29 – BU GOAL! Nichols couldn't collect the puck as it was bouncing around in front of him, and Ryan Cloonan batted it in with a backhand effort to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead.

16:45 – BU kills off the power play. No real great chances for UConn.

14:44 – Power play opportunity for UConn. John MacLeod trips Max Kalter. Huskies 2-for-13 on the power play this year, both goals from Spencer Naas against Arizona State.

12:50 – UConn killed the penalty, but BU sustained pressure for nearly a minute after Pratt came out of the box. Dangerous power play. Oksanen and McAvoy each had multiple scoring opportunities.

9:57 – UConn has to gon on the penalty kill. Derek Pratt gets whistled for hitting from behind.

8:10 – Some great chances for UConn early on. Really dominated possession and won the puck battles early. BU starting to settle in and get the chances. That first line with Greenway, O'Regan and Oksanen is dangerous.

0:13 – Off and running at Agganis Arena, and Evan Richardson hits the crossbar 13 seconds in. Great chance for the UConn junior. Turnover in the neutral zone almost led to a goal.

Preview

Site: Agganis Arena (Capacity: 7,200)

Radio: WHUS 91.7 FM

Video and Live Stats: TerrierTV and GameTracker on GoTerriers.com

Series Record: BU leads, 2-0-1

Last Meeting: BU 5, UConn 2 (Nov. 22, 2014)

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The UConn men's hockey team (2-1-0) makes its way to Boston today for a meeting with the Boston University Terriers (1-1-0) in the Hockey East opener for both teams. The Huskies beat Arizona State last Friday at home 5-1, while the Terriers are coming off a 4-1 win over Wisconsin.

UConn's freshman sensation Max Letunov, a forward who was previously committed to Boston University, has scored a point in every game this season and leads the Huskies in points on the season with six (three goals, three assists). The Huskies have received contributions from across the roster. Nine players have scored a goal and 17 out of 21 players who have dressed for games have registered a point.

UConn Lines

Forward Line 1: Patrick Kirtland, Shawn Pauly, Evan Richardson

Forward Line 2: Spencer Naas, Max Letunov, Tage Thompson

Forward Line 3: Jeff Wight, Kasperi Ojantakanen, Corey Ronan

Forward Line 4: Joey Ferriss, Max Kalter, Jesse Schwartz

Defensive Pair 1: Derek Pratt, Miles Gendron

Defensive Pair 2: Joona Kunnas, David Drake

Defensive Pair 3: Kyle Huson, Johnny Austin

Goaltender: Rob Nichols (2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .925 SV%)

BU Lines

Forward Line 1: Jordan Greenway, Danny O'Regan, Ahti Oksanen

Forward Line 2: Ryan Colonna, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Matt Lane

Forward Line 3: A.J. Greer, Robbie Baillargeon, Nikolas Olsson

Forward Line 4: Chase Phelps, Mike Moran, Bob Carpenter

Defensive Pair 1: Brandon Hickey, Charlie McAvoy

Defensive Pair 2: Doyle Somerby, Brandon Fortunato

Defensive Pair 3: Brien Diffley, John MacLeod

Goaltender: Sean Maguire (0-1-0, 4.12 GAA, .867 SV%)

UConn and BU will combine to put 12 NHL prospects on the ice Saturday, three from UConn (Letunov, Gendron, Drake) and nine from BU (Greenway, O'Regan, Karlsson, Greer, Baillargeon, Hickey, Somerby, MacLeod Maguire).

We will update here as the game progresses. Also follow along with our UConn men's hockey insider Tim Fontenault on Twitter (@Tim_Fontenault).