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.
Winners of two of their last three games, the Huskies are looking to change their fortune against the Warriors. Previously losers of seven straight, UConn closed out 2018 with a victory over No. 15 Yale before a 6-3 over St. Lawrence at the Ice Vegas Invitational last weekend. Alexander Payusov notched his team-best 11th goal in the win while freshman Kale Howarth made the Ice Vegas All-Tournament team.
Though it’s tough to feel like you’re hot when you’re 1-7 in your last eight games, the Huskies strength of schedule has been nothing short of punishing. Six of those seven losses came against a Hockey East team in the top half of the standings, including the conference-leading UMass Minutemen and the Boston College Eagles twice.
Last time out, the Huskies lost to the then No. 3, now No. 1, UMass Minutemen with a 7-4 final score. Freshmen remain the story of the season as rookie Kale Howarth scored the first two goals of his college career in the loss while classmate Ruslan Iskhakov dished out a career-high three assists.
As UConn’s backup to junior goaltender Adam Huska, the lights aren’t always on him and he’s not usually the man mobbed by his teammates after a win. But he could be one day. Already drafted by the NHL’s Nashville Predators, Vomacka has the talent to be a great goaltender in the future even if he doesn’t like to think about it too much.