Men's Hockey: Huskies take on future Hockey East rival Providence
Published: Monday, February 10, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014 23:02
The UConn men’s hockey team will get a look into its Hockey East future tonight as they take on the No. 12 Providence Friars in Rhode Island.
The Huskies faced their first Hockey East foe earlier in the year when they played Boston University. UConn was bested by the Terriers 4-1, as Brant Harris was able to score the lone goal that was assisted on by Kyle Huson and Sean Gaffney.
The last time the Huskies took the ice against the Friars was almost a decade ago during the 2004-05 campaign. History will not be on UConn’s side, as the Huskies were handed a 4-3 loss at home. Brad Smith was a star in net for the Huskies, making 29 saves in the effort while his teammates Chris Uber, Bill Magnuson and Matt Scherer were able to find the back of the net.
Providence comes into the matchup currently ranked No. 9 according to USHCO Poll, but is 3-5-2 in its last 10 games and is on a two-game losing streak that has seen them drop consecutive games to UMass-Lowell and Boston College.
Providence gets most of its offensive firepower from junior Ross Mauermann, who leads him team with 16 goals and 15 assists, adding up to a team-leading 31 points. Sophomore Nick Saracino is the second leading assist man for the Friars, compiling 14 assists and five goals while classmate Mark Jankowski is the second-leading goal scorer with nine goals and eight assists.
Jon Gilles has started a majority of the games in net for the Friars as he has started 22 of the 27 games this season. He is 12-5-4 on the year and has a .927 save percentage.
The Huskies come into this match-up after splitting a pair of games against conference rival Bentley. The Huskies are currently tied for third with Air Force in the Atlantic Hockey Conference. This will be UConn’s final year in the conference before moving on to Hockey East where they will begin facing Providence each year.
The puck drops in the Schneider Arena in Providence, R.I. at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday night.