Letunov Goal Gives UConn 5-4 Overtime Win Against Boston University
Junior forward Maxim Letunov scores at 2:51 of overtime for Huskies

Junior forward Maxim Letunov scored at 2:51 of overtime for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 14:01  BU1-0 PP Chad Krys (6)Dante Fabbro/17, Brady Tkachuk/17
2nd 4:12  CON1-1 EV Spencer Naas (10)Alexander Payusov/8, Benjamin Freeman/12
2nd 5:13  BU2-1 EV Bobo Carpenter (18)Hank Crone/8, Drew Melanson/10
2nd 7:27  BU3-1 EV Brien Diffley (2)Logan Cockerill/11, Bobo Carpenter/12
3rd 5:43  CON2-3 PP Spencer Naas (11)Max Kalter/8, Benjamin Freeman/13
3rd 6:00  BU4-2 EV Ty Amonte (5)David Farrance/4, Gabriel Chabot/3
3rd 10:14  CON3-4 EV Kasperi Ojantakanen (4)Maxim Letunov/15, Adam Karashik/4
3rd 14:23  CON4-4 PP Alexander Payusov (12)Maxim Letunov/16, Joseph Masonius/13
OT 2:51  CON5-4 EV GW Maxim Letunov (11) -
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Boston University  12104
UConn  01315
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Boston University  10128131
UConn  385420
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Boston University (15-13-3)  1/3 6/12 0
UConn (15-16-2)  2/4 5/10 0
Boston University Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Jake Oettinger (L, 14-12-3)62:515 372315
UConn Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Tanner Creel (W, 7-2-0)62:514 9107127

HARTFORD, Conn. - UConn junior Maxim Letunov (Moscow, Russia) scored the game-winner 2:51 into overtime to cap a furious third period comeback to beat No. 20 nationally ranked Boston University, 5-4, Friday night in front of 7,372 at the XL Center.

The Huskies win their seventh-straight game, tying the school record for longest winning streak, set twice before (1998-99, 1999-00). During this winning streak, the Huskies have knocked off four ranked opponents (No.20 BU, No. 11 Northeastern, No. 16 Boston College, No. 10 Providence). UConn improves to 15-16-2 overall and 11-11-1 in Hockey East.

UConn twice battle back from being down a pair of goals, 3-1 in the second period and 4-2 in the third, to earn their first overtime victory at the XL Center and also their second win this season when trailing heading into the final period.

Letunov finished the night with a goal and two assists while senior Spencer Naas (Minnetonka, Minn.) scored twice in the win, extending this point streak to seven-straight games. Trailing 4-2 in the third, senior Kasperi Ojantakanen (Helsinki, Finland) got a deflection for a goal followed by a power play score by sophomore Alexander Payusov (Montreal, Quebec) to tie the game, setting up Letunov's game-winner.

Payusov finished the night with a goal and an assist while classmate Benjamin Freeman (Falmouth, Maine) added a pair of assists. BU's Bobo Carpenter finished with a goal and assist of the Terriers. Chad Krys, Ty Amonte and Brien Diffley had the other BU goals.

UConn senior goaltender Tanner Creel (Arlington Heights, Ill.) made 27 saves to garner his seventh win on the year.


BU was solid defensively in the first period, limiting the Huskies to just three shots on goal. Both teams had a shot on the power play but the Terriers were the only ones to take advantage, scoring the game's first goal at 14:01.

BU cycled the puck and Brady Tkachuk picked it off the right half boards and fed Dante Fabbro at the point. Fabbro shuffled it to Krys in the left circle and he buried a wrist shot past Creel stick side for his sixth of the season and a 1-0 lead.


UConn tied the game up just 4:12 into the second period as Naas extended his point streak to seven-straight with his 10th goal of the season. Sophomore Benjamin Freeman (Falmouth, Maine) played the puck behind the net where classmate Alexander Payusov (Montreal, Quebec) gained possession and fed the slot where Naas blasted home a big slap shot to knot it at 1-1.

BU wasted no time in jumping back in front, just 1:01 later. Carpenter found a rebound in the left circle and put it home on an empty net, his 18th of the season. The Terriers extended their lead to 3-1 at 7:27, with Diffley notching his second on the year on a 4-on-4. Logan Cockerill carried the puck up the middle of the ice and was knocked off it by a Husky defenseman. Diffley picked-up the puck and tucked it inside the right post, just beating Creel's pad.


UConn pulled within 3-2 at 5:43 of the third as Naas buried a one-timer on the power play, coming off a feed from Max Kalter (Highland Park, Ill.) to the slot, his second of the night and 11th of the season.

BU again answered right back as Amonte put his team up 4-2 just seven second later. A shot came in from the point and the rebound bounced around as scrum in front where Amonte was able to jab it underneath Creel for his fifth of the season.

The Husky comeback started at 10:14 as Ojantakanen was set up in front of the net in the slot and was able to deflect a Letunov shot from the point past Oettinger for his fourth on the year, pulling UConn within 4-3. UConn would tie it up at 14:23, scoring the second power play goal of the night. Payusov took a feed from Letunov and curled to the slot, beating Oettinger with a wrist shot for his 12th of the season.


The Huskies had a 4-1 edge on shots in the extra session before Letunov ended it at 2:51. The junior picked-up a loose puck and got to the front of the, shoveling a back-hander past Oettinger top-shelf for the game-winner, his 11th on the year.


The Huskies finish the season 1-1-1 against BU. The Terriers still lead the all-time series, 5-3-2.

Naas ran his career-best point streak to seven-straight games, posting 10 points on five goals and five assists during that stretch. Freeman extended his point streak to six-straight. He has a career-best 20 points on the season, seven goals and 13 assists.

Letunov scored a goal in his fourth-straight game providing the game-winner against BU. He leads the team with 27 points on 11 goals and 16 assists. Ojantakanen extended his point streak to five-straight games (1g/4a).