The UConn men’s hockey team got off to a rough start in Hockey East play, getting drop-kicked by Providence, 7-2. The Huskies penalty kill was especially poor, allowing Providence to score on three of their four power plays.
Karl El-Mir and Alexander Payusov were the goal-scorers for UConn.
The Huskies were without top freshman Ruslan Iskhakov, who was scratched from the lineup with an upper-body injury after being taken off the ice on a stretcher against Quinnipiac on Tuesday night.
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7:56: GOAL - Providence gets on the board first thanks to a wrist-shot from Michael Callahan that beat Adam Huska near-post.
16:30: UConn gets their first power play of the night after Providence’s Brandon Duhaime gets sent to the box for holding.
17:56: The Huskies’ power play ends rather quickly as Alexander Payusov is sent to the box for interference.
18:08: The penalties are coming faster than I can type. Providence’s Vincent Desharnais gets called for cross-checking. UConn gets a 4v3 advantage for 22 seconds and will have a man advantage for 42 seconds after Payusov’s penalty runs out.
Recap: Providence controlled the early portion of the game and limited UConn’s ability to get the puck out of their own zone. The Huskies’ best chances early-on came off interceptions when they could get out on the break but they failed to even get a shot on net on those chances.
There wasn’t much Adam Huska could do on the Friars’ first goal. Michael Callahan took a pass from behind the net and fired a rocket that went bar-down into the net to give Providence a 1-0 advantage.
It was a physical, but not chippy first period, which all came to a head in the final five minutes when three penalties were called in a span of 1:40. Alexander Payusov wiped out a UConn power play with an interference penalty but the Huskies got the extra skater right back after Providence’s Vincent Desharnais got called for cross-checking.
The Huskies picked it up towards the end of the period and overtook the Friars in shots, 14-10.
2:47: UConn’s Jordan Timmons to the box for slashing. Huskies will go on their first penalty kill of the night.
4:00: GOAL - Providence capitalizes on the power play as Josh Wilkins puts the Friars up 2-0. The shot came from straight-on and snuck through a handful of UConn defenders as well as Adam Huska, who was screened by a Providence skater.
6:49: UConn going on the power play after Providence’s Josh Wilkins gets called for interference.
8:01: GOAL - UConn takes advantage of the extra skater and gets a goal back off a beautiful wrist shot from Karl El-Mir. He fired the puck off the far post and in to cut the Providence lead to 2-1.
8:39: UConn back on the penalty kill. Carter Turnbull gets two minutes in the box for charging. Providence scored on their only power play of the night five minutes ago.
10:30: GOAL - Providence scores with one second left on the power play. Huska was sprawled out and couldn’t get up to save the one-timer from in front of the net. The Huskies’ penalty kill unit is 0/2 tonight.
16:28: GOAL - Providence pushes their lead to 4-1. Bad mistake from Huska, who tried to clear the puck his his stick but ended up knocking it off the leg of Kasper Bjornqvist and into the net.
16:45: UConn gets a man advantage after Providence’s Vimal Sukumaran goes to the box for tripping.
18:45: Providence successfully kills the penalty.
19:40: UConn’s Corson Green and Providence’s Scott Conway both sent to the box after a little scrum after the whistle.
Recap: That period couldn’t have ended faster for the Huskies. UConn went to the box three times, gave up three goals and were out-shot 17-8. UConn also struggled on the penalty kill, allowing goals both times they went down a man.
The Huskies did manage to get on the scoreboard during a power play of their own. Karl El-Mir ripped a shot off the iron and into the net to tie the game at 2-1. However, things went south from that point forward for UConn.
Providence scored on a power play goal and came back again six minutes later to stretch the lead to 4-1. The fourth goal was particularly rough as Huska tried to clear the puck with his stick but accidentally knocked it off the leg of Kasper Bjornqvist and into the net.
1:36: Power play for UConn. Providence’s Jack Dugan goes to the box for interference after he basically tackled Adam Huska.
2:09 - GOAL: UConn makes quick work of the man advantage as Alexander Payusov scores his second goal of the season to bring the deficit to just two goals.
3:28: UConn back on the power play after Providence’s Ben Mirageas gets whistled for holding.
5:28: Friars successfully kill the power play. They lead 4-2.
6:45: After a pair of Providence penalties, it’s UConn’s turn to head to the box. Roman Kinal given two minutes for slashing. Huskies’ penalty kill is 0/2 tonight.
8:45: UConn kills their first penalty of the night.
10:02: UConn’s Jachym Kondelik to the box for a face-off violation.
10:40 - GOAL: Providence scores their third power play goal of the night to extend their lead to 5-2. Adam Huska will stay in net for the Huskies.
11:17: UConn will have an extra skater after Providence’s Jason O’Neill gets put in the penalty box for cross-checking.
16:16: UConn has pulled Adam Huska, chasing a three-goal deficit.
19:04 - GOAL: Providence tacks on their sixth goal of the night with an empty-netter.
19:18 - GOAL: Providence scored again. 7-2.
Recap: UConn is going to want to get out of Providence as fast as they can after tonight. Things went from bad to worse to awful in a very short period of time.