Unbeaten UConn men’s hockey set to take on Ohio State in battle of Top 20 teams at XL Center – Hartford Courant

It’s very early in the school hockey season, early sufficient for the UConn men’s staff to be finding out about itself, however no longer too early for video games to have giant importance.

The Huskies, off to this system’s absolute best get started since 1975, have proven some mettle, however now face Ohio State Friday (7:05 p.m.) and Saturday (4:05) at the XL Center in two video games that would make a distinction 5 months from now, when the NCAA makes its match picks and seedings.

(*20*) trainer Mike Cavanaugh informed journalists Thursday on his weekly Zoom name. “But we also understand we have a really formidable opponent coming to Hartford. They’re deep from top to bottom. We’re going to have to play our very best to be successful.”

UConn (4-0-0) swept two Hockey East video games at Vermont to open the season, then beat Union two times in a nonleague recreation at the XL Center remaining weekend, rallying to win the second one recreation, 4-3, in additional time. When the nationwide ratings got here out, UConn used to be seventeenth, the absolute best this system has ever been. Ohio State is No. 11.

“I’ve learned we’re a resilient bunch,” stated Hudson Schandor, one of the captains. “We got kind of punched in the mouth by Union that second night. I don’t know if some guys weren’t ready, those back-to-backs can sneak up on you. It was needed for us to get punched in the mouth and see, can we get back up off mat and punch them back, or roll over?”

Travis Treloar is Ohio State's leading scorer going into this weekend series vs. UConn.

Freshman Jake Percival, from Avon Old Farms, scored to tie the sport with 7:23 left and sophomore Chase Bradley gained it in OT.

“You see younger guys stepping over the boards and wining puck battles,” Schandor stated, “doing the simple things that even third and fourth year players struggle with sometimes, and these guys are doing this in our third, fourth game of college hockey. That gave us a sense of confidence. ‘Man, these guys know what they’re doing already.’ Imagine the potential this team has down the road.”

Last season, the Huskies reached the Hockey East ultimate for the primary time, shedding to UMass in additional time. Had they gained one or two extra video games previous, specifically nonleague video games, or if the league had a greater season out of doors of convention, it could earned UConn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Hockey East were given most effective 3 teams in.

UConn misplaced two times at Ohio State remaining October, so the final touch of this home-and-home collection might be key when it comes to at-large attention for the postseason. The Buckeyes are 4-0, with two wins over Mercyhurst and two over Big Ten rival Wisconsin up to now. Leading scorers Travis Treloar and Stephen Halliday lead a deep corps of skaters. Goalie Jakub Dobes has performed all 4 video games, with a 1.76 goals-against reasonable.

Bradley leads the Huskies with 3 aims and two assists. Nick Capone, the junior from East Haven, has 3 aims and one help, and Matthew Wood, the highly-touted freshman, has two aims and two assists.

“We’re getting production from all four lines,” Cavanaugh stated. “We’re not reliant on just one line, I’m excited about that. Volume [of shots] and traffic in front is usually a good combination for scoring goals against good goalkeepers.”

Dom Amore may also be reached at damore@courant.com

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