Courtesy: UConn Sports Information
HARTFORD, Conn. – The UConn men’s hockey team posted back-to-back shutouts, beating Alabama Huntsville Saturday afternoon at the XL Center, 4-0, to earn a series sweep over the Chargers on the opening weekend of the season. Senior goaltender Rob Nichols (Dallas, Texas) was back in net again on Saturday to make 23 saves and turn in his second-consecutive clean sheet as the Huskies open the year at 2-0-0.
Junior Spencer Naas (Minnetonka, Minn.) scored a pair of goals in the win, matching his career-high and giving him his third multi-goal game. Senior Evan Richardson (Nanaimo, British Columbia) and sophomore Tage Thompson (Orange, Conn.) each scored in the win and finished the weekend with three total goals.
It was just the second time in school history that the Huskies posted back-to-back shutouts, both times with Nichols in net. The senior posted a pair of road shutouts last season, blanking Arizona State, 3-0, and Maine, 1-0, where he stopped a career-high 44 shots.
The Huskies held the edge in shots, 32-23, and also killed off all five UAH power play opportunities. Over the weekend, the Huskies killed off a nine penalties.