UConn Hockey Classic
Mark Edward Frietas Ice Forum • Storrs, Conn.
Thursday, December 29
Bowling Green vs. Massachusetts, 4 p.m.
Army at Connecticut, 7:15 p.m.
Friday, December 30
Third-Place Game, 4 p.m.
Championship Game, 7:15 p.m.
INTERESTING HISTORICAL FACT
The Mark Edward Frietas Ice Forum is
the fourth home of the UConn Hockey Classic, but the
building, previously known as the UConn Ice Arena,
has now hosted more than half of the tournament’s
13 years. The Veteran’s Rink in West Hartford
(one year), the International Skating Center in Simsbury
(two years) and the Norwich Ice Rink (two years) each
played host to the tournament before it moved on campus
in Storrs seven years ago. The host school has won
the event three times, most recently in 2003.
WHO TO WATCH
With all due respect to the Atlantic
Hockey teams in the nightcap, the tournament’s
best talent will be on display in the first game,
featuring Bowling Green and Massachusetts. Up front,
these coaches take different approaches to distributing
their talent. The Falcons feature one of the most
feared first lines in the nation with Mike Falk, Alex
Foster and Jonathan Matsumoto leading the charge.
The trio has accounted for 25 of the team’s
59 goals this season. Meanwhile, Massachusetts’
talented pair of Stephen Werner and Matt Anderson
have recently been centering the Minutemen’s
first two lines. Werner has enjoyed a fast start in
2005-06, averaging a point per game, but Anderson
has just 3-4—7 through 15 games. More than half
of those points came in an October win over Clarkson
when he skated alongside Werner.
HOW WE SEE IT
served notice in the 2002 UConn Hockey Classic that
the CHA and Atlantic Hockey schools could surprise,
Brown showed last year that the Big Four conferences
are called that for a reason. Expect Bowling Green
or Massachusetts, despite their sub-.500 records,
to show similar strength this season. UConn enters
with a three-game winning streak, and Army is 4-2-3
in its last nine, but the Falcons and Minutemen have
shown an ability to play with anyone in the country
– witness BGSU’s wins over Michigan State
and St. Lawrence recently, or UMass’ win over