UConn’s offense put up five Brass Bonanzas in an impressive 5-2 win over Boston University in front of an attentive crowd of 5,225. The Huskies were able to do something that they could not do when they lost to Boston University last Saturday and that was take advantage of the power play.
UConn put the puck in the net on 4 out of 7 of their power play opportunities. Boston University gave the Huskies almost eight minutes of ice time with a man advantage. The games first star was an easy choice. Tage Thompson scored all three of his goals on the power play to earn a hat-trick. UConn ended up being very efficient on their shot selection. The Huskies scored four power play goals on only five shots.
The win this evening was not won on power play goals alone, the Huskies have been able to out play Boston University with great fore checking and back checking. Loose pucks during play in tonight’s game more often than not ended up on the stick of a UConn player. It was a night for UConn where turnovers led to good chances on net and although the Huskies only mustered 23 shots they were able to find great passing lanes to get the puck to the open man.
Just about every UConn win has something to do with the spectacular play of goalie Rob Nichols. I can’t remember watching a goalie who sees the puck as well as Nichols does. It was not surprising that his play frustrated the Terriers, they were stopped by Nichols on 36 of 38 shots. Boston University’s last shot of the game was a goal but that only saved them from a 5-1 defeat.
UConn’s next matchup is at the XL Center against Notre Dame. The two teams will play each other at 3pm on Halloween, this Saturday. UConn played Notre Dame at the Webster Bank Arena last season in front of less than spectacular crowds. It will be interesting to see what the two teams draw 50 miles up Interstate 91.
Former Whaler Scott Young was in the building as an assistant coach for the Boston University Terriers. Young is from Massachusetts and had a great NHL career. He played well for the Hartford Whalers before he was traded for Rob Brown and sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tage Thompson who scored a hat trick for UConn tonight did it in front of his father former Wolf Pack player Brent Thompson. Brent Thompson played 156 games for Hartford and another 122 for Springfield. He also is currently the head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. That’s quite a trifecta for the Springfield/Hartford/New Haven hockey market.
Whaler Guy Jerry Erwin got a second to talk to the Governor and to let him know that Whaler fans are still hoping for the NHL. There was no new news on that front, but the Governor wasn’t shy about rooting for UConn. He was also introduced on the jumbotron during the game to loud boos but at the end of the game there were a few fans who did high-five the Governor on their way out. I guess the saying is true that winning does fix everything.