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UConn Men’s Hockey Weekend Preview: No. 4 Boston College

The Huskies look to keep it rolling against the Eagles.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

Live Updates:

First Period:

0:00- and the game is on! El-Mir, Kalter and Ronan the forwards, Pratt and Newpower the defensemen, Huska between the pipes.

5:48- Joseph Masonius off for roughing. Boston College’s first power play.

6:48- on an odd-man rush for UConn, Jesper Mattila gets called for holding.

8:48- both penalties have expired without incident.

11:29- Scott Savage gets the gate for high-sticking. Power play take-two for the Huskies.

14:45- Newpower gets called for boarding. BC gets their second chance on the power play

19:37- Max Kalter scored for UConn. Kasperi Ojantakanen forces the turnover in the corner and his centering pass found Kalter.

20:00- end of period one, UConn leads 1-0 over Boston College.

Second Period:

0:00- Huskies head from left to right with a 1-0 lead.

0:31- Austin Cangelosi heads to the box for holding. UConn’s third power play chance, 0-for-2 and haven’t looked the greatest so far.

2:31- looked better, but still no real chance or set-up in the zone. 1-0 UConn.

4:34- Boston College ties it up. Ryan Fitzgerald gets the goal, with Cangelosi and Christopher Brown getting assists on a well-screened Huska. 1-1 game.

11:51- JD Dudek takes a long lead pass from Ryan Fitzgerald, gets behind the defense and goes bar down for a 2-1 Eagles lead.

15:54- Johnny Austin goes to the box for holding.

20:00- BC leaves the second with a 2-1 lead. They had a lead in shots, 9-to-5, but it felt much larger.

Third Period:

0:00- the period is on!

2:43- Michael Kim off on a trip.

10:15- in the offensive zone, Justin Howell comes off for holding. UConn on the penalty kill.

11:20- Julius Matilla makes it 4-1.

15:38- Miles Gendron! He takes the centering pass from Ronan and pots UConn’s second goal. 4-2 game.

17:52- JD Dudek completes the hat-trick to make it 5-2.

20:00- final from Hartford, UConn 2, Boston College 5.

UConn Men’s Hockey (4-4-5, 2-2-1) had arguably its two best efforts of the season Friday and Saturday night, splitting a weekend series with No. 5 Boston University.

Friday saw a 2-1 loss at the XL Center, but UConn played very well, particularly in the second and third period. On Saturday, the Huskies shut out the Terriers in a 4-0 victory at Agganis Arena, their second win over a top-10 team this season. Both of those came on the road, with the other coming against Notre Dame.

The Huskies continues their season with two games this week, Tuesday against No. 4 Boston College (10-3-1, 5-0-1) and Saturday against Sacred Heart (3-7-2). Both games will be at home.

UConn is 1-2-1 against the Eagles, with the win coming in the Huskies’ first Hockey East game at XL Center.

Boston College played one game last weekend, a 5-2 loss on the road against No. 11 Harvard.

The Eagles opened up the scoring 10:23 into the second period before Harvard put its stamp on the game. The Crimson scored five unanswered goals, the final three of which came in a 49-second span in the third period. Three of the five were also on the power play.

Boston College boasts one of the top goaltending tandems in the country, with two freshmen manning the pipes currently posting a combined save percentage of .920, good for ninth in the country and just a hair below UConn’s .921 mark.

Joe Woll has seen the bulk of the time, starting in 11 of the Eagles’ 14 games. He has a save percentage of .924 and a goals against average of 2.32. Ryan Edquist got the other three starts and relieved Woll against Harvard last weekend. He is undefeated (3-0-0) and has allowed 2.15 goals per game to go along with a save percentage of .903.

The Eagles’ special teams aren’t anything special, with the 43rd-ranked penalty kill (80.4 percent) to go along with the 26th-best power play (17.6 percent). UConn is 12th and 16th in these categories, respectively.

Senior forward Matt Gaudreau (4-10—14) is a player to watch, leading the team in points and is tied for the assists lead with senior defenseman Michael Kil (0-10—10). Forwards Austin Cangelosi (8-5—13) and Colin White (7-4—11) lead the team in goals.

Puck drop against No. 4 Boston College will come at 7:05 p.m.