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UConn Men’s Hockey Weekly Preview: Quinnipiac/AIC

The Huskies have two games this week, including a big one against highly-ranked Quinnipiac on Wednesday.

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After two draws in New York last weekend, UConn has two games this week. The first will be against No. 4 Quinnipiac (2-1-1) and the second with American International College (0-1-0).

The Huskies travel to Hamden on Wednesday evening to face the Bobcats, who split an away series with Maine at Alfond Arena last weekend.

In Friday night’s loss, Quinnipiac held a 2-0 lead after two periods and then a 3-1 lead with 8:29 left after scoring 11:31 into the third. They allowed two goals two minutes apart and then allowed the game-winning goal in overtime to give Maine the 4-3 win.

The Bobcats beat the Black Bears on Saturday, again in overtime, by a score of 3-2. They again had a 2-0 lead after two periods and coughed up the lead by allowing two goals in the third. This time, Quinnipiac came through with the goal in the extra session to salvage the split.

Senior forward Tim Clifton (3-1—4) leads the Bobcats in goals and points after two weekends, with freshman defenseman Brogan Rafferty (0-3—3) and senior forward K.J. Tiefenwerth (0-3—3) tied for the lead in assists.

Junior Chris Truehl played the first three games in net for the Bobcats. He holds a 1-1-1 record with a 2.56 GAA and .915 save percentage.

In last year’s matchup, UConn jumped out to a 2-0 lead after first period goals from Joe Masonius and Max Kalter, but then Quinnipiac scored six unanswered, four on the power play, to win 6-2.

AIC, who will come to XL Center on Friday evening, has only one game under its belt this year, losing last Friday night to Union at home.

The Yellow Jackets were playing catch-up all night, coming back from deficits of 1-0, 2-1 and 4-2. They tied the game on the power play at 14:58 of the third, but coughed up what was the game-winner 46 seconds later.

Freshman forward Dominik Florian (2-0—2) leads the team in goals and also notched multiple points in the Union game.

Junior Alex Murray was between the pipes for the Yellow Jackets, saving 28 of the 33 shots he faced (.848) to go along with a GAA of 5.07.

Puck drop on Wednesday in Hamden will come at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on WTIC 1080 AM. UConn and AIC will begin at 7:05 p.m. at XL Center on Friday, with the radio call coming from WHUS 91.7 FM. Those unable to attend or listen can follow @ShawnMMcGrath and The UConn Blog for live updates throughout both contests.