UConn Hockey Faces No. 14 Ohio State this weekend

Connecticut goalie Rob Nichols (31) looks to make a save on a shot as teammate David Drake (5) deflects the puck away from Michigan Tech's Malcolm Gould during the second period of an NCAA college hockey game at the Desert Hockey Classic tournament, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

(WTNH) — The UConn men’s ice hockey team is hitting the road this weekend and looks to make a statement against the 14th ranked team in the country, the Ohio State Buckeyes. This will mark the first time that these two programs have squared off, and UConn as gone 2-4-1 all-time vs opponents from the Big Ten.

Connecticut has two games with the Buckeyes, first on Friday night and then Saturday afternoon. Ohio State is off to a fast start, at 5-1-3 this season.

The Huskies’ strength so far has been defense, currently ranking second in Hockey East in penalty kills and fourth in goals against average. This will be a huge test as the Buckeyes currently have the top offense in the Big Ten, and will need a strong defensive performance in both games.

One thing to watch for will be what Connecticut does in between the pipes. So far this season, UConn has split time between senior Rob Nichols and freshman Adam Huska. Both goaltenders have had strong starts this season. Nichols leads the team with a 2.32 GAA while Huska has posted a team best .935 save percentage. Will both get a start, or will head coach Mike Cavanaugh go with one goaltender this weekend?

It promises to be an exciting weekend of hockey as Connecticut will look to build off its impressive start.

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