The UConn men’s hockey team hosted Army and RPI this weekend in their home-opener. The Huskies dropped both games, but with almost two-thirds of their team being underclassmen, there is undoubtedly growth in store as the season progresses.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.