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UConn Men's Hockey: Huskies Host No. 2 Boston College | XL Center, 7 p.m.

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UConn looks to end a seven-game losing streak Tuesday night against the second-ranked Eagles.

UConn will look to end a seven-game losing streak Tuesday night against the No. 2 team in the nation.
UConn will look to end a seven-game losing streak Tuesday night against the No. 2 team in the nation.
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Live Updates

Third Period

20:00 - Third period underway. Years from now you will simply refer to this game as "the comeback."

18:35 - GOAL UCONN - Spencer Naas on a nice feed from Maxim Letunov. Tage Thompson with the second assist. 4-1 Boston College

17:08 - PENALTY UCONN - Jeff Wight called for tripping.

15:08 - Penalty killed without much stress.

7:04 - Not much going on.

3:00 - UConn's getting some good chances at net, but to no avail. BC still on top big as time winds down.

2:34 - Joe Masonius called for tripping

0:58 - BC adds an empty-netter. 5-1 Boston College

FINAL: UConn falls at home to Boston College, 5-1.

Second Period

20:00 - Second period just started. Can't be worse than the first, right? Right?!?!

17:12 - PENALTY UCONN - Spencer Naas for tripping. UConn on the penalty kill.

15:12 - Penalty killed!

5:26 - PENALTY BC - Josh Courturier for hooking.

3:26 - BC kills the penalty, a few good chances for UConn, but it has proven difficult to get one past goalie Thatcher Demko.

END 2nd Period - BC leads 4-0

First Period

20:00 - We are underway at the XL Center, where I'm told we are expecting over 7,000 fans!

17:06 - GOAL BC - Things get off to a bad start as Boston College gets the first five shots of the game. A failed clear attempt from Tage Thompson leads to a Boston College chance and a goal. Scored by Austin Cangelosi, assisted by Chris Brown. 1-0 Boston College

16:16 - GOAL BC - Uh oh. Boston College doubles its lead after a nice chance by UConn leads to a 3-on-1 break, which the Eagles finished. Goal scored by Colin White, assisted by Alex Tuch and Casey Fitzgerald. 2-0 Boston College

11:07 - GOAL BC - Um, so, yeah. Things aren't looking great. BC gets another, this time from Josh Couturier who fired one in from the top of the zone, assisted by Ryan Fitzgerald and Colin White. 3-0 Boston College

9:11 - GOAL BC - Are you sensing a theme here? Scored by Miles Wood, assisted by Casey Fitzgerald. 4-0 Boston College

7:38 - PENALTY BC - Teddy Doherty called for interference. Huskies going on their first power play.

END 1ST PERIOD: Boston College leads 4-0. Send help.


UConn Lines

Forward Line 1

Tage Thompson, Fr.

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

Maxim Letunov, Fr. (Phoenix)

12 games, 6 goals, 8 assists, minus-6

Evan Richardson, Jr.

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

Forward Line 2

Spencer Naas, So.

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

Kasperi Ojantakanen, So.

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

Corey Ronan, So.

12 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, minus-9

Forward Line 3

Patrick Kirtland, Sr. (C)

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

Max Kalter, Fr.

11 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, minus-1

Joey Ferriss, Sr.

10 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, plus-4

Forward Line 4

Karl El-Mir, Fr.

6 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, +/- 0

Jeff Wight, So.

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

Jesse Schwartz, So.

11 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, +/- 0

Defensive Pair 1

Joona Kunnas

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

David Drake, So. (Philadelphia)

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

Defensive Pair 2

Kyle Huson, Sr.

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

Joseph Masonius, Fr.

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

Defensive Pair 3

Derek Pratt, So. (A)

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

Miles Gendron, Fr. (Ottawa)

8 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, +/- 0

Goaltender

Rob Nichols, Jr.

3-8-0, 3.17 GAA, .898 SV%


Boston College Lines

Forward Line 1

Miles Wood, Fr. (New Jersey)

11 games, 5 goals, 9 assists, plus-7

Austin Cangelosi, Jr.

11 games, 4 goals, 4 assists, plus-5

Christopher Brown, Fr. (Buffalo)

11 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, plus-5

Forward Line 2

Matthew Gaudreau, Jr.

11 games, 2 goals, 6 assists, plus-8

Colin White, Fr. (Ottawa)

11 games, 6 goals, 11 assists, plus-14

Ryan Fitzgerald, Jr. (Boston)

10 games, 8 goals, 6 assists, plus-16

Forward Line 3

Adam Gilmour, Jr. (Minnesota)

11 games, 4 goals, 3 assists, plus-7

Zach Sanford, So. (Washington)

11 games, 4 goals, 6 assists, plus-8

Alex Tuch, So. (Minnesota)

11 games, 2 goals, 7 assists, plus-7

Forward Line 4

Travis Jeke, Sr.

7 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, plus-1

Peter McMullen, Sr.

2 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, +/- 0

J.D. Dudek, Fr. (New Jersey)

10 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, +/- 0

Defensive Pair 1

Ian McCoshen, Jr. (Florida) (A)

11 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, plus-16

Casey Fitzgerald, Fr.

11 games, 1 goal, 7 assists, plus-17

Defensive Pair 2

Teddy Doherty, Sr. (C)

10 games, 6 goals, 2 assists, plus-1

Steve Santini, Jr. (New Jersey) (A)

11 games, 1 goal, 5 assists, plus-9

Defensive Pair 3

Josh Couturier, Fr.

10 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, plus-5

Scott Savage, Jr.

11 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, plus-10

Goaltender

Thatcher Demko, Jr. (Vancouver)

10-1-0, 1.18 GAA, .955 SV%

Game Notes

Radio: UConn IMG Audio Network | WTIC NewsTalk 1080 AM - Bob Joyce

Audio Stream: UConnHuskies.com, TuneIn Radio

Video & Live Stats: HuskyVision and GameTracker on UConnHuskies.com

Series Record: Tied, 1-1-0

Last Meeting: BC 3 - UConn 2 (Jan. 24, 2015)

Preview

The UConn men's hockey team is in the midst of an unfortunate seven-game losing streak going into a matchup tonight with No. 2 Boston College. Mike Cavanaugh's squad was last in action last Tuesday the Huskies lost allowed six unanswered goals in a 6-2 loss to No. 3 Quinnipiac. UConn has not won since capturing a big win over then-No. 8 Boston University Oct. 24.

Conversely, the Eagles are riding a nine-game winning streak, most recently topping New Hampshire on the road 6-3. They are currently tied for second in the Hockey East standings with four other teams at this early juncture of the season. UConn is currently tied for 11th, which is a kind way to say last.

Luckily, the last time Boston College (10-1-0) visited the XL Center it ended with a 1-0 win for the Huskies in their first Hockey East home game. Evan Richardson, who transferred to UConn from BC, scored the goal for UConn that night.

UConn picked a bad time to be sliding, as the Huskies are in the middle of a five-game stretch against nationally-ranked teams. Quinnipiac was ranked No. 3 going into the game last week, and after this UConn has a home-and-home with No. 4 UMass Lowell followed by a home date with No. 13 Merrimack before the semester break.

Last year the Huskies were able to win games by playing strong defense while the offense as a whole struggled. This year, the offensive game has improved overall, but the defense has taken a step back. The Huskies are allowing 3.58 goals per game, which is 11th (out of 12) in Hockey East. Their 77.6 percent success rate penalty kill is tied for last in the conference.

While UConn's offense has improved, it has certainly not been great, averaging 2.5 goals scored per game. This is still a young team, one which will need to improve over the course of the season – 24 out of UConn's 30 goals have been scored by a freshman or sophomore.

It will not be easy for the Huskies to fix their scoring woes tonight, with BC goalie Thatcher Demko posting six shutouts so far this season while allowing just 1.18 goals against per game and holding a .955 save percentage.

The Eagles have a youth movement of their own going on, with two freshman forwards among their offensive leaders. Colin White, an Ottawa Senators prospect, leads the team with 17 points, and also leads all freshman in the country. Miles Wood, a New Jersey Devils prospect, has 14 points, good for third on the team.

Ultimately, it's going to take some of that #IceBus magic to get the win tonight. These two teams appear to be moving in different directions, but the atmosphere at the game should be lively. The Huskies have been known to play up to their competition, especially at home.