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Gameday Preview and Updates: UConn vs. No. 3 Quinnipiac, 7:05 p.m.

UConn looks to take down the No. 3 team in the nation and end its six-game losing streak in an in-state showdown Tuesday night.

Can Johnny Austin and the Huskies get back on track with a win over another top-10 opponent?
Can Johnny Austin and the Huskies get back on track with a win over another top-10 opponent?
Steve Quick/The UConn Blog

Third Period

Quinnipiac goes on cruise control and takes care of UConn 6-2. Luke Shiplo scored with 10 minutes left in the game to put the icing on the Bobcats' win. The 11th straight win is the longest streak in school history. UConn has now lost seven games in a row.

Second Period

UConn will want to forget the last 20 minute of hockey ever happened. Quinnipiac scored four times in the first 4:26 of the period. Ans got his second power play goal of the day 51 seconds in after Kasperi Ojantakanen got sent to the box. Connor Clifton scored 13 seconds later after the teams were back at even strength.

Three minutes in, Evan Richardson got whistled for a holding penalty, but then followed through with a high cross check on a Quinnipiac player behind the net, earning him a game misconduct. That resulted in a seven-minute power play for the Bobcats. They capitalized twice, with Travis St. Denis and Tim Clifton burying goals 31 seconds apart.

UConn was outshot 15-3 in the second period.

First Period

UConn got off to a great start in a game it definitely needs to compete in. The Huskies went ahead only 1:10 into the game on a power play goal from Joe Masonius. The freshman defenseman ripped a shot from above the left face-off circle past Sean Lawrence, who left the entire left side of the goal open.

The Huskies went up 2-0 10 minutes later, when Max Kalter took a pass from Johnny Austin and beat Lawrence from the right side of the slot.

Quinnipiac has been struggling defensively, but the Bobcats will always get their chances. After some good passing on a power play, the puck landed on the stick of Sam Anas in the slot. The junior star was not going to be stopped from that position, beating Nichols with ease.

UConn Lines

Forward Line 1

Patrick Kirtland, Sr. (C)

11 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, minus-5

Kasperi Ojantakanen, So.

11 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, minus-2

Corey Ronan, So.

11 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, minus-8

Forward Line 2

Tage Thompson, Fr.

11 games, 4 goals, 4 assists, minus-3

Maxim Letunov, Fr. (Phoenix)

11 games, 6 goals, 7 assists, minus-6

Evan Richardson, Jr.

11 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, minus-9

Forward Line 3

Spencer Naas, So.

10 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, minus-5

Max Kalter, Fr.

10 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, minus-2

Joey Ferriss, Sr.

9 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, plus-3

Forward Line 4

Joona Kunnas, Jr.

3 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, minus-2

Jeff Wight, So.

3 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, minus-1

Jesse Schwartz, So.

10 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, plus-1

Defensive Pair 1

Johnny Austin, So.

10 games, 0 goals, 4 assists, minus-4

Joseph Masonius, Fr.

10 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, minus-4

Defensive Pair 2

Kyle Huson, Sr.

8 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, plus-1

Ryan Segalla, Jr. (Pittsburgh)

7 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, minus-6

Defensive Pair 3

Derek Pratt, So. (A)

11 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, minus-2

David Drake, So. (Philadelphia)

11 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, minus-3

Goaltender

Rob Nichols, Jr.

3-7-0, 2.88 GAA, .905 SV%


Quinnipiac Lines

Forward Line 1

Sam Anas, Jr. (A)

10 games, 6 goals, 6 assists

Travis St. Denis, Sr. (A)

10 games, 7 goals, 5 assists

Landon Smith, So.

10 games, 1 goal, 5 assists

Forward Line 2

Bo Pieper, So.

10 games, 1 goal, 3 assists

Tanner MacMaster

10 games, 0 goals, 4 assists

Thomas Aldworth, Fr.

9 games, 3 goals, 4 assists

Forward Line 3

Andrew Taverner, So.

7 games, 3 goals, 3 assists

Tommy Schutt, Jr.

10 games, 4 goals, 0 assists

K.J. Tiefenwerth, Jr.

10 games, 3 goals, 4 assists

Forward Line 4

Soren Jonzzon, Sr. (C)

10 games, 2 goals, 4 assists

Tim Clifton, Jr.

6 games, 7 goals, 2 assists

Scott Davidson, Fr.

9 games, 2 goals, 1 assist

Defensive Pair 1

Kevin McKernan, So.

10 games, 1 goal, 1 assist

Connor Clifton, Jr. (Phoenix)

10 games, 2 goals, 6 assists

Defensive Pair 2

Derek Smith, Jr.

10 games, 0 goals, 8 assists

Chase Priskie, Fr.

10 games, 1 goal, 10 assists

Defensive Pair 3

Luke Shiplo, Fr.

4 games, 0 goals, 1 assist

Alex Miner-Barron, Grad.

5 games, 0 goals, 0 assists

Goaltender

Sean Lawrence, So.

Season debut

Game Notes

TV: None

Video Stream: UConnHuskies.com

Radio: WHUS, 91.7 FM

Video and Live Stats: UConnHuskies.com

Series Record: Quinnipiac leads 15-11-12

Last Meeting: UConn 4, No. 15 Quinnipiac 1 (Oct. 21, 2014 at Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport)

Preview

Nothing is going right for UConn lately, so naturally, this is the point of the year when the schedule gets truly hellish.

Following a tough 2-1 loss at Vermont Friday, the Huskies will close out 2015 with a five-game stretch against five teams ranked in the top 15 nationally. Up first: Quinnipiac, the No. 3 team in the nation.

The Bobcats enter Tuesday's in-state showdown without a single blemish on their record. Rand Pecknold's team is 10-0-0 so far this season, only playing one-goal games twice. Quinnipiac's games have hardly been close. Here is the breakdown...

One-goal games: 2-0-0

Two-goal games: 2-0-0

Three-goal games: 3-0-0

Four-goal games: 2-0-0

Five-goal games: 1-0-0

It helps to have a phenomenal goaltender, and Quinnipiac has that in Michael Garteig. The senior has been a brick wall for Quinnipiac the last two-plus seasons. Garteig had the difficult task of replacing Eric Hartzell, who carried Quinnipiac to the memorable all-Connecticut National Championship Game against Yale in 2013. This season, Garteig has only allowed 1.70 goals per game, lower than his career average of 1.95.

That said, Garteig is getting the night off. Sean Lawrence will make his first appearance of the season for Quinnipiac. He was 1-2-1 with a 2.50 goals against average and a .881 save percentage last season.

Another player to watch for Quinnipiac is Sam Anas. The Maryland native has been a standout for the Bobcats for two years and has continued to produce this year, already posting 12 points in 10 games.

UConn needs a spark. The Huskies (3-8-0) have struggled to put the puck in the net, but the inability to keep teams off the board has not helped. UConn has allowed 21 goals in five games in November—all losses—though Army and Vermont only scored two each (one of those for Army was an empty-netter) over the last two games.