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Men's Hockey Gameday Preview & Live Updates: Huskies hosting Notre Dame, 3 p.m.

After a big win Tuesday night, the Huskies are back in action at the XL Center to start a two-game series with Notre Dame.

UConn heads into the Notre Dame series on the back of a big win over No. 8 BU.
UConn heads into the Notre Dame series on the back of a big win over No. 8 BU.
Steve Quick/The UConn Blog

Live Updates

Third Period

20:00 - Third period has begun!

*Technical Difficulties*

7:24 - Notre Dame GOAL - Sam Herr assisted by Steven Fogarty. 2-1 Notre Dame

FINAL: Last chance for the Huskies blocked by the goalie and then Masonius missed on a rebound chance.

Second Period

20:00 - Second period has begun with Notre Dame holding a man-advantage.

19:44 - Notre Dame GOAL - UConn starts off with a nice scoring chance, but Notre Dame hustles on the counter attack to get some space in the Husky's zone and put it past Rob Nichols. Goal scored by Jordan Gross assisted by Mario Lucia. 1-0 Notre Dame

14:55 - UConn GOAL - Miles Gendron follows a rebound off a Patrick Kirtland shot and pokes it past the goaltender. Shawn Pauly with the second assist. Tied 1-1

14:55 - Penalty on Notre Dame, hooking on Luke Ripley

12:35 - As the UConn power play is killed, Notre Dame commits another penalty. Jake Evans for high-sticking.

5:29 - Five-minute major on UConn's Derek Pratt for kneeing.

2:55 - Too many men on the ice for UConn, Marco Richter serving the penalty.

END 2nd Period - Score tied 1-1 after Notre Dame nets an early goal on the power play they had to start the period. UConn tied it up with an even strength goal from freshman defenseman Mile Gendron on a rebound off a shot by senior captain Patrick Kirtland.

First Period

20:00 - The puck has dropped at the XL Center!

12:57 - UConn goes on the power play

10:57 - After registering a scoring chance its first time down the ice, the power play is relatively ineffective and is killed by Notre Dame without a shot allowed.

2:55 - UConn's Jesse Schwartz called for hooking.

0:57 - Penalty on UConn's David Drake, hitting from behind.

END 1st Period - Score tied 0-0 after a relatively uneventful first period. Notre Dame will be onthe power play to start the second period.

UConn Lines

Nothing changes from UConn's win over BU Tuesday night. Everything was clicking for the Huskies that night. The top two lines will be go-tos for scoring, but Marco Richter is assimilating to life on a line with dynamic duo Kasperi Ojantakanen and Corey Ronan.

The fourth line will be important against the Irish Saturday. Max Kalter and Jesse Schwartz were standouts agains the Terriers for their aggressive and smart play, which at one point led to a goal for linemate Joey Ferriss.

(Players' NHL teams in parentheses)

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

Forward Line 2: Spencer Naas, Max Letunov (Phoenix), Tage Thompson

Forward Line 3: Marco Ricther, Kasperi Ojantakanen, Corey Ronan

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

Defensive Pair 1: Derek Pratt, Miles Gendron (Ottawa)

Defensive Pair 2: Johnny Austin, Joseph Masonius

Defensive Pair 3: David Drake, Ryan Segalla (Pittsburgh)

Goaltender: Rob Nichols (3-1-0, 2.01 GAA, .927 SV%)

Notre Dame Lines

Forward Line 1: Thomas DiPauli (Washington), Jake Evans (Montreal), Anders Bjork (Boston)

Forward Line 2: Mario Lucia (Minnesota), Steven Fogarty (NY Rangers), Sam Herr

Forward Line 3: Dylan Malmqvist, Andrew Oglevie, Jack Jenkins

Forward Line 4: Joe Wegwerth, Dawson Cook, Ben Ostile

Defensive Pair 1: Luke Ripley, Jordan Gross

Defensive Pair 2: Dennis Gilbert, Justin Wade

Defensive Pair 3: Bobby Nardella, Andy Ryan

Goaltender: Cal Petersen (Buffalo) (1-1-2, 3.37 GAA, .911 SV%)

Radio: UConn IMG Audio Network, WTIC NewsTalk 1080 AM (Rich Coppola, Bob Joyce)

Audio Stream: Embedded below

Video and Live Stats: www.UConnHuskies.com

Series Record: Notre Dame leads, 1-0-1

Last Meeting: ND 6 - UConn 1 (1/18/15)

Preview

After notching another important win for the program, Mike Cavanaugh's UConn Huskies host Notre Dame for the start of a two-game series which will conclude at the Barclays Center on Sunday afternoon.

Tage Thompson is the latest freshman to make his presence felt in a big way, notching a hat-trick earlier this week against BU. Thompson is second on the team in points, goals, and assists. Fellow freshman Maxim Letunov has been the other beacon on the stat sheet, leading the Huskies in goals and assists and currently tied for first in the country in points with 11. The former BU commit has scored a point in every game so far and is tied for first in all of Hockey East in goals scored.

UConn and Notre Dame's hockey programs, the two newcomers to Hockey East, met for the first time last year. UConn tied the Irish on the road and then lost 6-1 at "home" in Webster Bank Arena.

This year, the Irish are currently 1-1-2 coming off a pair of 3-3 ties at home to No. 6 Minnesota Duluth. Picked to finish seventh in the Hockey East preseason poll, Notre Dame opened its season by splitting a series with Penn State. Goaltender Cal Peterson returns after earning a spot on the Hockey East All-Rookie team last year, and on the ice the Irish are lead by seniors Steven Fogarty and Mario Lucia- last year's leading goal-scorer.

We'll have lines posted as we get closer to the game and live updates right here! #ICEBUS