HARTFORD, Oct. 27 – It was another magical night for the UConn men’s hockey team in Hartford. The Huskies took down another top 10 team with a 5-2 Hockey East decision over No. 7 Boston University in front of 5,225 fans. It was UConn’s third win over a top 10 team in Hartford having beat No. 2 Boston College, 1-0, last November in front of more than 8,000 fans and No. 5 UMass-Lowell, 2-0, in January.
UConn freshman Tage Thompson, who played on the U.S. national under-18 team before he came to Storrs, had three power-play goals to lift the Huskies past Boston University Tuesday night.
“Tonight our power play went 4 of 7,” UConn coach Mike Cavanaugh said. “And if you’re going to go 4 of 7, you’re going to be hard to be. I think we had great contributions from a lot of people. (Goalie) Robby (Nichols) was strong in net (season-high 36 saves) and all four lines i think contributed tonight, as well as our defensemen we really moved the puck.”
The Huskies (3-2, 1-1 Hockey East) beat a top 10 team for the fourth time in the last two seasons. UConn led 5-1 at one point. The defending Hockey East champion Terriers slipped to 2-2 and 1-1 in Hockey East.
“I told our team this, I don’t want to be known for a team that knocks of top 10 teams,” Cavanaugh said. “I want to be a top 10 team. I don’t want that to be conversation anymore, “Hey, we beat a top ten team”. I want UConn to be a top 10 team. And there’s no reason we can’t be that if we keep putting in the work, committing to playing for each other and as hard as we did tonight.”
The Huskies remain at home this week and will host Notre Dame in another Hockey East contest Saturday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. at the XL Center.
“That’s the great thing about this league. I love the fact that we can enjoy this for 24 hours, we turn around and we have another fantastic team coming in here to play,” Cavanaugh said. “It keeps you on your toes and it’s the type of pressure that makes you tick if you’re a competitor.”