UConn vs Alabama-Huntsville, 10/7-10/8

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  1. mac2351

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    The season kicks off with a two game series versus Alabama-Huntsville on Friday and Saturday.

    UAH opened their regular season Saturday and Sunday and surprisingly swept 20th ranked Ferris State on the road.

    UConn and UAH split last season's series.
     
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    No excuses...
    Red Sox @ Cleveland game 2 is @ 4:30 on Friday October 7th.

    Get out of work, watch the baseball game @ a bar in downtown Hartford and then head over to XL

    I'm sure they'll have the game on at the fan bar or elsewhere in the arena if it's still goin on after the 7:05 puck drop
     
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    Goals by newpower(I'm right this time) and Thompson to make it 2-0
     
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    Go UConn hockey...frozen 4, please...(I need a team to replace football this year)
     
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    I was at Northeastern @ QU. Northeastern is actually a decent team. QU is not a #2 team. QU is very beatable this year, offense is lacking, big time.

    Both of QU's goals tonight were fluke-ish.
     
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    New players that made an impact tonight?

    Holes to fill due to graduation or turning pro?
     
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    Game 1 recap: Huskies Roll Past Alabama Huntsville, 6-0, in Season Opener

    >>The Huskies and Chargers are back at it Saturday afternoon, closing out the weekend set with a 4:05 start. Following this weekend’s opening series, UConn will hit the road for three-straight and eight of the next nine.<<
     
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    It's just one game but the Huskies looked very good last night. They looked faster than Alabama-Huntsville right from the opening faceoff and didn't let up the entire game. Two freshman were in the starting lineup - Alexander Payusov, who played on the Thompson/Letunov line, and Wyatt Newpower, who was paired with Derek Pratt on Defense. Newpower scored the game's first goal a little more than 3 minutes into the game.
     
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    Freshmen Payusov and Newpower are going to be really good as they get older. I'm surprised how talented Newpower is and that no other team grabbed him considering hockey kids commit so early. Great find by the coaches.

    Biggest hole to fill will be the one left by Shawn Pauly.

    I do not know why Masonius did not play last night. No one asked Cavanaugh.

    Found it interesting Huska was the only goalie who did not dress last night.
     
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    So who played in goal on Saturday?
     
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    Let me put it this way. Huska was sitting 5 seats to the left of me.
     
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    Amazing weekend but it would be nice if the UConn Hockey Facebook page was accordingly updated, and this team gets no love from the main page at all. Hockey is treated like a 2nd rate citizen once again on UConn social media although the twitter page does a good job.
     
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    Last year, they might not have came out with the same energy from the night before. Today, they had the same energy and compete level. It was good to see.

    I do not know how UAH swept #20 Ferris State on the road last weekend. The looked completely overmatched against UConn. Speed, size, and talent were all heavily on UConn's side.

    Worst part of the weekend was the crowd. No way 3000 people were at the games. Terrible showing. The student section was non-existent. Most likely will be the same against AIC.
     
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    Probably 4,000+ for the AIC game then after that it'll pick up since we don't play again til 18th of November. People stay home when baseball is still being played for some reason but it was thinner then usual I'll admit. Not to make excuses though but UAH is probably the worst opponent optics wise you could come up with. At least last year Arizona State has some name recognition to sports fans.

    As for the performance this was the most impressive 2 games I've seen from this team and it was an amazing showing. A couple penalties on us were bullshitski today but we competed and won most 1v1 battles and were very evasive behind the net in both games. Defense did a good job of funneling to the outside, and giving up maybe one chance then cleanly exiting zone without any panicking. Not much to say about Nichols he was just a beast. Newpower was great (shielded the puck well), Pratt was very responsible, we took the body when we needed too and backed off at the appropriate times. D overall did a good job of getting the puck through and also holding the blueline. Honestly loved what I saw.

    Naas will emerge as our 3rd scoring threat and Payusov seemed to have good chemistry with Tage and Letunov. Brian Morgan definitely appeared to be a grizzled vet of Hockey East, Ronan is still a spark plug and Ojantakanen did alright. Evan Richardson finally contributed at the level we expected coming in when he transferred.

    I think the only one that didn't have a good weekend was Schwartz, which could explain why he sat out the 2nd game.
     
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    It was a good showing this weekend but I don't want to make any assumptions coming off this weekend after playing a lesser opponent. I did like Newpower though. He's going to be impressive as he grows as a player.

    The opponent level goes up a tick next weekend. I'm looking forward to the Quinnipiac game in 11 days. I want to see how UConn matches up, especially lines 2-4.

    I'd be really surprised if they have 4000+ for AIC. I'd say 3000.
     
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    4000 for AIC? No way! I'm with @mac2351 around 3000. Honestly I was disappointed in the attendance. Benedict and Cegles sat across the aisle from us..he looked around a few times and shook his head. Thought the team played well...definitely noticed the strength, speed, size difference from last year. I like Newpower too, but definitely saw some freshman mistakes...and his conditioning compared to the upperclassmen was definitely noticeable when he came back to the bench. It will be fun to watch his game grow as the season goes on. He skates very well for a kid with his size.
     
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    I heard Huska ask someone about the small size of the crowd.

    I thought it was odd he was sitting by himself for the first period.
     
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    UConn is aiming for Big Ten/SEC culture. The school has a long way to go in achieving that. Today was also a football game. Benedict was probably hoping some football fans would come over. I probably would have done the doubleheader myself had I been more easily able to do so.
     
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    Having been at both games I'm sure some of that head shaking was the football attendance number as well.
     
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    The one the thing the program should promote is the NHL draft picks on the team. Promote Letunov, Thompson, Masonius, Gendron, Drake, Huska.

    Denote they are draft picks on the program they hand out. Promote them. At the arena, there is no reference of these players being drafted

    Sure, it looks like you are playing favorites but you are trying to build a program and a fan base. Let people know there are quality players and future pros on the team.

    Casual fans most likely have no idea these players are drafted.
     
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