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Gameday Preview and Live Updates: UConn vs. UMass, Radio: WTIC 1080 AM, 7:05 p.m.

After a torturous weekend against Notre Dame, the Huskies look to get back on track in the home leg of a home-and-home weekend series with UMass.

Rob Nichols and the Huskies need a big weekend against UMass.
Rob Nichols and the Huskies need a big weekend against UMass.
Steve Quick/The UConn Blog

Period-by-Period Updates

Final Score: UConn falls to UMass, 4-2

Unfortunate finish for the Huskies, as the Minutemen netted a third goal with just under five minutes remaining. The Huskies would draw a penalty in the UMass zone with slightly more than three minutes left. After a stoppage of play, Mike Cavanaugh pulled the goaltender to give UConn a 6-on-4 advantage. The Huskies had one chance on net, but a shot by UMass defenseman William Lagesson, an Edmonton Oilers prospect, from his own zone made it all the way across the ice and into the empty net to put the game away for good.

Second Period: UConn and UMass tied, 2-2

The second period went very similar to the first. UMass got on the board relatively early to take the lead, but UConn again seemed to be the better team in the period, especially towards the end. The Huskies had what looked like an equalizer called off after a review on a 5-on-3 power play and were unable to score with the advantage there and on their other power-play opportunity. Karl El-Mir tied it up on a nifty backhanded shot after a nice feed from Joey Ferriss.

First Period: UConn and UMass tied, 1-1

The first period got off to a bad start for the Huskies, with UMass scoring a quick goal when Ray Pigozzi broke away with the puck and was one-on-one with Nichols, slipping it by him in front of a bewildered crowd.

The Huskies stormed back and really dominated the last 10 minutes of the period. Jesse Schwartz tied it up with a goal off a Patrick Kirtland shot with 3:14 remaining in the period.

UConn Lines

Forward Line 1

Patrick Kirtland, Sr. (C)

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

Shawn Pauly, Sr. (A)

7 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, minus-3

Jesse Schwartz, So.

6 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, plus-2

Forward Line 2

Spencer Naas, So.

6 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, plus-1

Maxim Letunov, Fr. (Phoenix)

7 games, 5 goals, 6 assists, plus-1

Tage Thompson, Fr.

7 games, 3 goals, 4 assists, plus-2

Forward Line 3

Corey Ronan, So.

7 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, minus-3

Kasperi Ojantakanen, So.

7 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, minus-1

Evan Richardson, Jr.

7 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, minus-4

Forward Line 4

Karl El-Mir, Fr.

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

Max Kalter, Fr.

6 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, +/- 0

Joey Ferriss, Sr.

7 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, plus-2

Defensive Pair 1

Derek Pratt, So. (A)

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

David Drake, So. (Philadelphia)

7 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, minus-1

Defensive Pair 2

Joe Masonius, Fr.

6 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, +/- 0

Johnny Austin, So.

6 games, 0 goals, 4 assists, plus-1

Defensive Pair 3

Kyle Huson, Sr.

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

Miles Gendron, Fr. (Ottawa)

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

Goaltender

Rob Nichols, Jr.

3-3-0, 2.98 GAA, .899 SV%


UMass Lines

Forward Line 1

Austin Plevy, Fr.

7 games, 4 goals, 4 assists, plus-2

Dennis Kravchenko, So.

7 games, 7 goals, 5 assists, plus-2

Shane Walsh, Sr.

7 games, 6 goals, 4 assists, plus-2

Forward Line 2

Ray Pigozzi, Jr.

7 games, 3 goals, 4 assists, plus-2

Dominic Trento, So.

7 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, plus-2

Ryan Badger, Fr.

7 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, minus-5

Forward Line 3

Keith Burchett, So.

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

Joseph Widmar, Fr.

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

Riley McDougall, So.

1 game, 0 goals, 0 assists, +/- 0

Forward Line 4

Michael Iovanna, So.

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

Anthony Petrella, So.

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

Maddison Smiley, So.

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

Defensive Pair 1

William Lagesson, Fr. (Edomonton)

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

Ivan Chukarov, Fr. (Buffalo)

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

Defensive Pair 2

Marc Hetnik, Jr.

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

Callum Fryer, Fr.

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

Defensive Pair 3

Brenna Baxandall, Jr.

Season debut

Jake Horton, So.

1 game, 0 goals, 0 assists, plus-1

Goaltender

Nic Renyard, Fr.

2-1-1, 4.13 GAA, .891 SV%

Game Notes

TV: None

Radio: WTIC 1080 AM; Commentators: Rich Coppola and Bob Joyce

Audio Stream: Embedded below

Video and Live Stats: UConnHuskies.com

Series Record: UMass leads 21-11-2

Last Meeting: UConn 4, UMass 0 (Feb. 28, 2015)

Preview

UConn needs a big weekend after last weekend's debacle against Notre Dame. The Huskies open a home-and-home series against UMass Friday night at the XL Center. This will be an important weekend for the Huskies, with an opportunity to grab three or four points. UMass comes in ice cold after a great start. While UConn is cold as well, getting the first game at home should be a nice boost.

Both Spencer Naas and Jesse Schwartz are back in the lineup for the Huskies. UConn coach Mike Cavanaugh benched both Sunday against Notre Dame, saying he expects more out of his veteran players. The Huskies lost to the Irish 8-2 at the Barclays Center.

Keep an eye on Minuteman forward Dennis Kravchenko. The California native is one of the nation's leading scorers, with 7 goals and 5 assists in seven games.