by Tim Rosenthal/Staff Writer
Head Coach: Bruce Marshall
2006-2007 Record: 16-18-2 (15-11-2 Atlantic Hockey)
Key Returnees: Charles Solberg F SR., Chris Myhro F JR., Sean Erickson D JR., Michael Coopela F SO., Beau Erickson G SO.
Key Losses: Matt Scherer, Cole Kodiahl, Trevor Stewart, Brian Burns, William Crum
The 2006-07 campaign for the Connecticut Huskies started off slow at 6-13-0. However things changed as UConn went 10-5-2 the rest of the way.
"We were very happy to gain home ice," said coach Bruce Marshall on their playoff run. "I give credit to the team going to the semi-finals, our next step is to reach the Atlantic Hockey Final."
The 2007-08 season for the Huskies will be a little more difficult as they lose 10 seniors from last year's class that made it to the semifinals of the conference two years in a row.
"We have new blood coming in," said Marshall. "We have certain roles to fill and we will play the best person to define that role or position."
A couple of players who stepped in nicely for Marshall was two-time all-Atlantic Hockey defensemen Shawn Erickson and last years Freshman goaltender Beau Erickson.
Last year, Beau Erickson came in as a Freshman needing to fill a much needed hole in net.
"He had two bad tastes," said Marshall about the start of the season for Beau Erickson. "It took him a while but when we made the decision after Christmas he got the hang of things."
Erickson's numbers showed that he will keep the position next season. From January through March he helped guide the team to the semifinals of Atlantic Hockey as the team went 11-5-1 and Erickson won 10 of those games. In 07-08 there will be no question that Erickson will start in net.
With help from Sean Erickson and the defense, UConn only let up 22 goals in its last 10 games.
"He will pick up right where he left off," Marshall said
The 2007-08 Huskies will have a bunch of recruits coming in with a tough hole to fill. The class of 2011 will be led by Forward Joe Periera, right wing Matt Pedemonti, and defensemen Chirs Waterstradt.
"We are very excited about this class," Marshall said. "We filled some holes, but there will be a learning curve ahead of them.
"We are in familiar territory, we have 10 guys to replace who is it going to be? Who is going to step up? I am very excited about the potential of UConn hockey."
Competition is rising in Atlantic Hockey with the newbies such as Air Force and RIT, an up and coming team such as these Huskies, and Army, and teams with the potential on a bounceback season such as Mercyhurst. You can expect that there will be a quite a few teams going for one NCAA bid.