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Game Notes: UConn Merrimack
- UConn will play host to the Merrimack Warriors on Tuesday, January 25th at the XL Center in a make-up of their previously scheduled game from December 4. The two teams will make up their previously scheduled December 3rd meeting at Lawler Rink on Tuesday, February 8 in North Andover, Mass.
- Tuesday's game caps a four-game homestand at the XL Center for the Huskies as they head to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport this weekend for the second annual Connecticut Ice Festival. The Huskies are matched-up against the Yale Bulldogs in the opening game of the tournament on Saturday at 3:30 pm. Defending CT Ice Champs Sacred Heart take on Quinnipiac in game two. Saturday's losing teams meet on Sunday at 1 pm followed by the title game at 4:30 pm. All four games will be broadcast live on SNY.
- The Huskies come into Tuesday night's game off a weekend split with New Hampshire. UNH won Friday night's meeting at XL Center, 3-1, but the Huskies rebounded for a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday.
- Merrimack comes to Hartford riding a five-game winning streak and are 6-1-0 since the calendar flipped over to 2022. The Warriors are fresh off a weekend sweep of No. 10/9 nationally ranked UMass Lowell, crack the DCU/USCHO Top-20 poll at No. 19 and currently sit in 14th place in the PairWise rankings.
- In the up to date Hockey East standings, Merrimack sits tied for fourth with 24 points while the Huskies are tied in seventh place with 20 points.
- The Huskies swept last year's series with the Warriors and have won four of the last six meetings. Under head coach Mike Cavanaugh, the Huskies are 5-6-5 against Merrimack and are 3-3-2 at home and 2-3-2 on the road.
- After dropping the series opener on Friday to UNH, 3-1, the Huskies responded with an overtime win to snap a four-game losing streak. Senior Jonny Evans buried the game-winning goal 1:58 into overtime to deliver the win and the extra Hockey East point in the standings. UConn took a 2-1 lead into the third period after second period goals from senior Marc Gatcomb, his sixth of the season, and freshman Sasha Teleguine, his first collegiate goal.
- Senior Jachym Kondelik and sophomore Ryan Tverberg share the team lead in scoring, both with 17 points on the season. Both are also candidates for the 2022 Hobey Baker Award. Fan voting is open now and will run through March 6. Fans can vote daily by visiting HobeyBaker.com/vote.
- Kondelik has six goals and 11 assists and is a +6 on the year. He leads the team with three power play goals. He is tied for 17th in Hockey East in scoring and his11 assists, is tied for 16th.
- Kondelik is the Huskies leading active career point leader at 88 points (22g/66a). He has moved up to 11th on the Huskies Division I career points list and is a point away from entering the top-10. His 66 career assists is fourth on the Division I all-time list, five away from tying the school record (71 - Sean Ambrosie 2009-13).
- Tverberg has a team-best nine goals with eight assists on the year. He is a +6 on the season with five multi-point games and had a five-game goal scoring streak as well. He is tied for 17th in Hockey East in scoring and his nine goals is tied for 10th.
- UConn grad student goaltender Darion Hanson, who transferred in this season from Union, and has started 19 of the 20 games. On the season, he owns a 2.52 goals against average and a .915 save percentage, ninth and seventh among league leaders in both categories. He has played the fifth most minutes in Hockey East and has a 519 saves on the season, fifth best. He has been named to the 2022 Mike Richter Award watch list.
Last Season vs. Merrimack
Jan. 29, 2021 - W, 6-1 - @ Lawler Rink
-UConn junior Carter Turnbull and sophomore Harrison Rees both scored twice to lead the Huskies to a 6-1 win over Merrimack at Lawler Rink to open a two-game set last season
- UConn had 11 different Huskies get on the scoresheet with six players posting double-digit points in the win.
- The Huskies scored two goals just 58 seconds apart in the first period and never looked back putting three on the board in the second period, two on the power play. UConn finished 2-for-6 on the power play, taking advantage of a five-minute power play and 5-on-3 chance in the second period.
- Rees scored his first goals of the season while Turnbull now has a team-leading eight goals on the year. Sophomore Vladislav Firstov scored a goal with an assist. Freshman Hudson Schandor scored the Huskies' other goal.
- Junior Tomas Vomacka needed to make just 19 saves as UConn limited Merrimack to just 20 shots on the day.
Jan. 30, 2021 - W, 6-2 - @ Freitas Ice Forum
-UConn junior Jonny Evans scored four-straight goals as the Huskies posted a 6-2 win and earn a Hockey East sweep over Merrimack. The win marked the 100th career victory for UConn head coach Mike Cavanaugh.
- With UConn leading 2-1 in the second period, Evans ripped off four-straight, including three in the third period to become the first Husky in the Division I era (1998-present) to score four or more goals. Evans scored on the power play, shorthanded and twice at even strength to finish out his career-best day. It was the third career hat-trick for Evans.
- After a 1-1 first period, freshman Ryan Tverberg scored the game-winner at 3:21 prior to the Evans onslaught of goals. Junior Kale Howarth had the Huskies other power play goal and added an assist.
- Merrimack got power play goals from Declan Carlile and Zach Uens in the loss.
Source: UConn Athletics