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UConn Hockey Stuns BC at XL Center



    UConn Hockey Stuns BC at XL Center
    Daryl Vallez
    UConn beat Boston College at the XL Center in Hartford on Wednesday night in the team's first-ever Hockey East game.

    Hockey East arrived in Hartford in a big way Wednesday night.

    Playing its first season in one of the nation's premier conferences, UConn stunned No. 3 Boston College 1-0 in front of more than 8,000 fans who turned out for the team's home opener at the XL Center.

    Rob Nichols made 35 saves for UConn (2-4-2, 1-2 Hockey East) against the five-time national champions.

    Evan Richardson, a BC transfer, had the only goal. He stepped into the left faceoff circle and beat goalie Thatcher Demko on a power play in the first period. The crowd broke into towel-waving cheers as "Brass Bonanza," the old Hartford Whalers' fight song, blared from the speakers.

    Fans were on their feet for the last 2 minutes of the game, as Nichols faced a barrage of shots from the Eagles (4-3, 1-2) before being mobbed by his teammates at the final horn.