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Final Score: UConn Men’s Hockey Loses to Boston College, 2-1

The Huskies got off to a really bad start and ultimately it was their undoing against the Hockey East-leading Eagles.

Ian Bethune

UConn Men’s Hockey made the trip up to the outskirts of Boston to take on the BC Eagles, falling 2-1 in a hard-fought contest at Conte Forum.

Mike Cavanaugh’s squad played really well for about 58 minutes, and ended up outshooting the hosts 43-26, but those two bad minutes really killed them.

The Huskies gave up a goal in the first minute off a face-off in their zone. Michael Kim earned the tally after a slap shot from just above the right circle. The Eagles had been attacking the entire minute leading up to it, and added another off the stick of JD Dudek about 30 seconds later to take a quick 2-0 lead.

UConn showed great resolve in the aftermath of its disastrous start, creating some chances immediately in response, but couldn’t find the back of the net. The Huskies’ best chance in the first period came shorthanded on a close play by Corey Ronan which was reviewed but did not get the goal call.

UConn also had an opportunity to get on the board with a power play but couldn’t get much going. The Huskies finished 1-for-6 with the man-advantage.

They cut the lead in half early in the second period, though. Right after a BC penalty for too many men on the ice six minutes in, Tage Thompson won the face-off and the puck made its way to Max Letunov who sent it back to Thompson for a one-timer to make it 2-1. UConn followed it up by killing a 5-on-3 situation to keep the lead to one.

UConn definitely had the better second period, but could only manage the one goal. They had a 14-8 advantage in shots in each of the first two periods but Eagles goalie Joe Woll turned aside shot after shot.

The Huskies seemed to have the equalizer when Spencer Naas netted a rebound after a skirmish around the net, but the goal was rescinded after an official review for goalie interference. They continued attacking the Eagle net at a furious pace in the third period, but couldn’t get another past Woll.

The Huskies are in action next at home against Vermont, which will take place at 7:05 p.m. Friday at the XL Center.