STORRS, Conn. - The UConn Huskies took down Massachusetts by a final of 3-1 for their first win in Toscano Family Ice Forum. Nick Capone scored the opening goal for the Huskies followed by Justin Pearson and Ryan Tverberg. Sophomore Logan Terness finished with 16 saves to secure the victory.
UMass opened the scoring 12 seconds into the game. After the goal UConn began to dominate, peppering the Massachusetts netminder with shots. UConn finished the first period with 12 shots compared to UMass seven. UConn was unable to net the equalizer in the first period as UMass held a one goal lead heading into the period break.
Following an impressive shift by the Huskies where they maintained control of the puck in UMass zone, UConn found the equalizer midway through the second period as Nick Capone fired a wrist shot past Luke Pavicich. The Huskies and minutemen battled throughout the second period looking to take the lead, however both netminders made key saves to keep the game tied heading into the third period.
The third period was all UConn as they continued to pressure the UMass defense and minutemen netminder. The Huskies took the lead early in the period as tic-tac-toe passing by Hudson Schandor and Matthew Wood resulted in Justin Pearson alone left in front for the goal. The Huskies increased their lead late in the period as Chase Bradley skated through the minutemen defense before finding Ryan Tverberg cross ice for the goal.
With the win, UConn improves to 15-7-3. The Huskies finished with a season high 42 shots on goal.
UConn will turn their attention to the battle of Connecticut teams as UConn will head to Quinnipiac to face Yale in the opening round of the tournament.