UConn men’s hockey ranked No. 19 in USCHO poll

UConn men’s hockey reached its highest ranking in program history, taking 19th place in this week’s USCHO poll. The Huskies are tied with Providence with 113 points in the top 20.

Previously, UConn had only been ranked twice: last season, when it debuted at No. 20 in early February. However, the Huskies lost their next four games and quickly dropped out of the poll. It took them more than a year to come back and they made their second appearance at No. 20 last week after a 6-4 victory over Boston College – their fourth consecutive victory.

Last weekend, UConn parted ways with No. 10 UMass with a gutsy 4-2 win on the road on Saturday night. The Huskies have the potential to climb even higher as they set to play a home-and-away series with the 15th Northeast this Friday and Saturday.

Ryan Tverberg named Hockey East Player of the Week

Thanks to a four-point night in Saturday’s win, second-year forward Ryan Tverberg was named Hockey East co-player of the week alongside Merrimack’s Alex Jefferies. Tverberg contributed to each of the Huskies’ scores with a goal and three assists — which marked a career high in assists and points for the Ontario native.

Tverberg leads UConn with 13 goals on the year – which is particularly impressive considering he went 12 games without scoring earlier in the season – and is second behind Jachym Kondelik with 15 assists and 29 points.

Meanwhile, sophomore defenseman John Spetz and graduate goaltender Darion Hanson both made Hockey East Weekly’s list of best players. Spetz scored the Huskies’ first goal on Saturday and also added an assist while Hanson was spectacular in both games stopping 68 of 72 shots he faced over the weekend.