Payusov Scores Hat Trick As UConn Topples AIC, 6-4
Sophomore forward Alexander Payusov scores first career hat trick for Huskies

Sophomore forward Alexander Payusov scored a hat trick for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 2:48  AIC1-0 EV Jānis Jaks (2)Joel Kocur/2, Chris Dodero/1
1st 10:04  AIC2-0 EV Patrik Demel (2)Darius Davidson/1, Hugo Reinhardt/1
1st 14:31  AIC3-0 EV Patrik Demel (3)Jānis Jaks/2, Martin Mellberg/2
2nd 12:52  CON1-3 EV Max Kalter (1)Johnny Austin/4, Brian Rigali/1
2nd 16:46  CON2-3 PP Alexander Payusov (2)Maxim Letunov/2
2nd 18:50  CON3-3 EV Alexander Payusov (3)Derek Pratt/1, Maxim Letunov/3
3rd 4:06  AIC4-3 PP Darius Davidson (1)Brennan Kapcheck/2
3rd 9:16  CON4-4 PP Wyatt Newpower (1)Kasperi Ojantakanen/2, Spencer Naas/2
3rd 16:04  CON5-4 PP GW Karl El-Mir (2)Johnny Austin/5, Miles Gendron/3
3rd 17:47  CON6-4 EV Alexander Payusov (4)Karl El-Mir/3, Wyatt Newpower/1
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
UConn  0336
American International  3014
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
UConn  917935
American International  107825
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
UConn (2-1-0)  3/4 2/4 0
American International (0-3-1)  1/2 4/8 0
UConn Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Tanner Creel14:313 4004
Adam Huska (W, 2-1-0)45:291 37717
American International Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Zackarias Skog (L, 0-3-1)59:146 914629
Empty Net0:460     

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - UConn sophomore Alexander Payusov (Montreal, Quebec) recorded his first career hat-trick to lead the Huskies to a 6-4 comeback win over AIC at the MassMutual Center Friday night. The Huskies fell behind 3-0 in the first period but fought all the way back to post their second win on the season.

Payusov scored twice in the second period and then finished off the hat-trick late in the third to ice away the Huskies' 6-4 win. UConn was three-for-four on the power play in the win, and outshot the Yellow Jackets 35-25.

Junior Max Kalter (Highland Park, Ill.) picked-up his first goal on the season, a second period tally to open the UConn scoring. Junior Karl El-Mir (Montreal, Quebec) provided the game-winner, redirecting a Johnny Austin (St. Louis Park, Minn.) shot at 16:04 in the third period, UConn's third power play goal of the night. Austin finished with a pair of assists.

After AIC's Darius Davidson gave his team a 4-3 lead in the third, UConn sophomore Wyatt Newpower (Hugo, Minn.) pulled the game even again with his first on the year, blasting a power play goal at 9:16 to set up the late game heroics. Newpower finished with a goal and an assist.

UConn's Adam Huska (Zvolen, Slovakia) relieved starter Tanner Creel (Arlington Heights, Ill.) in the first period and made 17 saves to earn the win.

For AIC, Patrik Demel scored twice and Janis Jaks added a goal, all in the first period. Zackarias Skog made 29 saves in taking the loss. The Yellow Jackets were 1-for-2 on the power play.

1st period:

AIC put up three goals in the first period and chased UConn starter, senior Tanner Creel (Arlington Heights, Ill.). The sophomore defensive pairing of Demel and Jaks were responsible for all three Yellow Jacket goals in the period.

Jaks opened the scoring with a goal just 2:48 into the game. Demel scored his first of the period at 10:04, burying a shot through traffic from the left circle. He made it 3-0 AIC at 14:31, taking a feed from Jaks in the right circle and beating Creel top-shelf with a wrister.

2nd period:

UConn poured the offensive pressure on in the second and stormed back with three goals, two off the stick of Payusov. The Huskies outshot AIC 17-7 in the period and Kalter got the rally started at 12:52, firing a shot from the slot that Skog got a piece of but couldn't stop as it slipped past the goaltender. Senior Johnny Austin (St. Louis Park, Minn.) fed Kalter through the neutral zone on the play for the assist.

Payusov notched his first on the Huskies second power play of the night. Letunov rifled a shot on Skog and Payusov cleaned up the rebound at the right post at 16:46. The sophomore picked-up his second at 18:50, setting up at the right post to redirect a Derek Pratt (Mount Hermon, Mass.) shot tying the game at 3-3.

3rd period:

AIC got their first power play at 2:24 of the third and took the lead back on freshman Darius Davidson's first career-goal, a redirect off a Brennan Kapcheck shot at 4:06.

The Huskies scored their second power play goal at 9:16 as Newpower buried a slapshot from the right circle just after Spencer Naas (Minnetonka, Minn.) put one off the crossbar on an odd-man rush.

UConn got the game-winner at 16:04, again scoring on the power play. Austin found the puck in the right circle and ripped a shot on goal where El-Mir was set up and deflected past Skog for a 5-4 lead. Payusov would put the icing on the win just 1:43 later, racing up the right wing and scoring on a pretty wrap-around for his third on the night.


UConn ran their unbeaten streak against AIC to 20-straight (16-0-4) dating back to the 2007-08 season. The Huskies lead the all-time series, 52-37-12.

Payusov's three goals marked his first career multi-goal and multi-point game. It was the first UConn hat-trick since Tage Thompson potted three 5-2 win over Boston University on Oct. 27, 2015.

Letunov's two assists gave the junior his second multi-point game this season, and 20th of this career.

Austin added to his team-leading assist total, with his fourth and fifth on the year. He has had at least a point in each of the first three games.

Freshman Brian Rigali (Libertyville, Ill.) picked-up his first collegiate point with an assist on the Kalter goal.

UConn's Creel made his first start of the season and first appearance in goal since the 2015-16 season. As a sophomore, Creel appeared in eight games with five starts, posting a 1-2-2 record.