4. Making their move: Connecticut is going through a transitional phase, starting with a new coach. Mike Cavanaugh had been a longtime assistant at Boston College, helping that team build four national-championship teams. The Huskies are definitely trying to move up in the college-hockey world. This is UConn’s final season as an Atlantic Hockey member. It will join Hockey East next season and be fully funded at the NCAA's scholarship limit of 18 by 2016.
5. Scouting the Huskies: Picked to finish sixth in Atlantic Hockey in the preseason polls, UConn lost its top point scorer from a season ago but returns four key players, including senior goaltender Matt Grogan (.937 save percentage, 1.93 goals-against average). The Huskies’ top returning scorers include seniors Brant Harris (15-16—31), who led the team in goals last season, and Jordan Sims (10-21—31) and junior Trevor Gerling (12-13—25). Freshman Ryan Segalla was drafted in the fourth round by the Penguins this summer.
Around the rinks
The Minnesota State women are idle this weekend and will host Minnesota Duluth Oct. 25-26.
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