UConn Men's Hockey

Tomas Vomacka: UConn’s goaltender of the future

Tomas Vomacka: UConn’s goaltender of the future

“I always wanted to do everything like my big brother, I always looked up to him.He was a forward, so I was like, ‘Mom, I want to go skate,’” Vomacka said. “So they just took me to the rink. I never played forward or D, they put me straight in the net, so I never really experienced how it is to play as a D or a forward. But that’s how it was. My big brother was playing so I wanted to do the same thing.”

Farewell to the Ice Bus’ Anchor, Max Kalter

Farewell to the Ice Bus’ Anchor, Max Kalter

“[It has been] absolutely incredible,” Kalter said. “The amount of stuff I learned off and on the ice, you know we always talk about becoming better people, and I think I’ve definitely become a better person, and the things I’ve learned here, and on and off the ice like I said, is special.”

Men’s Hockey: Goaltender Adam Huska signs with Rangers

Men’s Hockey: Goaltender Adam Huska signs with Rangers

Huska, a 21-year-old from Zvolen, Slovakia, was drafted by the Rangers in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL entry draft. He spent three seasons with the Huskies and played in 69 games, averaging a 2.90 goals against average and .908 save percentage. He finished his collegiate career with a 20-38-8 record.

Point/Counterpoint: Who should be the men’s hockey starting goalkeeper next season?

Point/Counterpoint: Who should be the men’s hockey starting goalkeeper next season?

Up until the beginning of the third period of the Feb. 1 game against Boston College, junior Adam Huska had been the starting goalkeeper for the UConn men’s hockey team. Over the seven games since then, freshman Tomas Vomacka has started six of them. Today, we debate which goalie should start in net next season for the Huskies.

UConn Men’s Hockey blasted by No.8 Providence

UConn Men’s Hockey blasted by No.8 Providence

While the score may have been 5-2 Providence, the three-goal spread by no means reflected the competitiveness of the game — at least for the first 40 minutes.

It was the Huskies who drew first blood, as freshman Jonny Evans took advantage of his breakaway chance, held off the defender that was on his back and poked the puck right through Providence goalie Hayden Hawkey’s legs.

Men’s Hockey: Freshmen take stage for tail end of Huskies’ season

Men’s Hockey: Freshmen take stage for tail end of Huskies’ season

In UConn’s 5-2 loss against No. 8 Providence College, we saw a large group of underclassmen play big minutes on the ice, with freshmen accounting for both of the Huskies’ goals.

 Jonny Evans scored on a breakaway 1:42 into the game, and Kale Howarth scored on a power play about five minutes into the second period. A freshman was also credited with an assist on each of the goals.

Men’s Hockey: Huskies eliminated from postseason contention in loss at No. 2 UMass

Men’s Hockey: Huskies eliminated from postseason contention in loss at No. 2 UMass

The opening faceoff was all UConn would win in its trip to Hockey East rival No. 2 UMass Thursday night. The 3-0 loss leaves the Huskies eliminated from postseason play as they trail UMaine eight points in the standings with just three games left on the schedule.

The future is looking bright on the ice

The future is looking bright on the ice

 The Huskies are just one season removed from their best finish ever in the Hockey East, finishing fifth in the conference with 23 points. Now, with one of the best freshmen classes in the country, UConn sits at 12 points with four games to play and are all but mathematically eliminated from the Hockey East playoffs.

Men’s Hockey Notebook: Huskies finally find identity

 Men’s Hockey Notebook: Huskies finally find identity

“Unity is kind of latched on to our identity,” Cavanaugh said. “When unity latches onto an identity, great things can happen. I think right now we’re all pretty clear on what type of team we have to be, and we’re playing in unison. It’s been fun to watch over these last few games.”