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UConn Huskies Men's Hockey at Northeastern | 7 p.m., Matthews Arena

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After a 5-2 loss last night at the XL Center, the Huskies finish the series with Northeastern tonight hoping to steal a point on the road.

Ian Bethune
Third Period

20:00 - We are underway in the third period. UConn down just 2-1 on the road against a strong Northeastern side!

15:38 - GOAL NEU - Sam Kurker slips a wrist shot past Rob Nichols after skating with speed through the right circle, assisted by Kevin Roy and Matt Benning. 3-1 Northeastern

1:36 - GOAL NEU - Rob Nichols left the net and Northeastern quickly took advantage. This one is going to end 4-1 Northeastern.

FINAL: 4-1 Northeastern - better effort from the Huskies, still take the loss and the weekend sweep. Home and away with New Hampshire next weekend. The Huskies should still have a chance to take the eighth seed.

Second Period

20:00 - The second period has started, and we're off to a better start than in any UConn-Northeastern game in program history! #progress

15:40 - PENALTY UConn - 5-minute major on Derek Pratt for Interference. That's not good.

13:39 - GOAL NEU - Garret Cockerill fires one in through some traffic from just inside the blue line. 1-0 Northeastern

12:46 - GOAL NEU - Well, Pratt's penalty is now a big back-breaker. Two goals for Northeastern on the penalty after Nolan Stevens knocks one in, assisted by Adam Gaudette and John Stevens. 2-0 Northeastern

0:36 - GOAL UConn - After a goalie interference penalty on Northeastern, Patrick Kirtland takes a feed from Tage Thompson across the ice and slaps it in to cut the lead in half! 2-1 Northeastern

END 2nd Period - Northeastern ahead, 2-1. Things are getting chippy again. That first Pratt penalty got things started and you can imagine how UConn's side felt about the hit on Nichols, which cause him to lose his helmet. The final buzzer blows and the players got into it a bit, with the refs talking to both coaches afterwards.

Overall, the Huskies are competing well. The two goals during the five-minute major penalty obviously hurt, but in even strength this has been a fairly even game. UConn goes into the third period with a chance to make something happen, which is a huge improvement from the first four games against Northeastern.

First Period

20:00 - The puck has dropped and we are underway!

14:39 - Northeastern on the power play after UConn's Joona Kunnas is called for tripping.

END 1st Period: UConn is holding up nicely! The score is tied 0-0 with shots and face-offs both even at 7 apiece.

Preview

UConn Men's Hockey's loss to Northeastern last night seemed doomed from the start, with the Huskies falling behind 4-1 after the first period. Mike Cavanaugh's Huskies battled valiantly across the next two periods but ultimately fell 5-2 at the final buzzer.

Northeastern was simply the better team that night, and will be even tougher to compete with on their home ice at Matthews Arena- where UConn fell behind 5-0 after the first period last year on their way to being blown out, 9-0.

With UConn being outshot 49-18 in last night's loss, and the way Northeastern dominated possession, it would be a major coup for the Huskies to walk away from this game with a point. Crazier things have happened in hockey arenas in Boston when #icebus is involved, but it would take a mighty effort from the Huskies to add to the point total tonight.

Freshmen Max Letunov and Tage Thompson continue to perform well for the Huskies, win, lose or draw. Thompson added to his national lead in power play goals last night, tallying his 11th last night in the first period to put UConn up 1-0 fairly early.

Letunov assisted both Husky goals, giving him at least one point in 18 of the past 20 games and bringing to his team-leading point total to 35. He also passed Cole Schneider for the Huskies' Division 1 freshman scoring record.

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