Grogan Stops 58 Shots as UConn Upsets Providence
CHN Staff Report
Connecticut senior goaltender Matt Grogan stopped a school-record 58 shots as the Huskies upset Providence at Schneider Arena on Tuesday, 3-2.
Senior Billy Latta scored the game-winning goal at 12:44 in the third period as the Huskies defeated a Top 10 team for the first time in its history. UConn finished the season 2-1 in games against Hockey East teams, among which it will start playing next season as a league member.
UConn was coming off a loss to Bentley last Friday that coach Mike Cavanaugh called "disappointing."
"Before the game started, the captains challenged the team to prepare for this game mentally and physically, and I challenged them just to be excited to play the game," Cavanaugh said. "People were asking me, 'Why are you playing this mid-week game there in February?' Because it was the next game on the schedule. So be excited. Would you rather have practiced today or play the Friars?"
UConn improved to 15-9-4 while Providence dropped to 15-8-5.
In addition to facing 60 Providence shots, the Huskies blocked 19 more.
"I thought we did a great job in the defensive zone eliminating second chances," Cavanaugh said. "We gave up a lot of shots, and if we did not clear one, Matt was there to make the save."
A Providence got a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal from Ross Mauermann, his team-leading 17th of the season.
UConn tied it, though, before the end of the period, and rode that momentum into the next two periods. Latta's goal made it a 3-1 game in the third, and Mauermann's goal in the closing minute wasn't enough for Providence to overcome the deficit.
"Our guys now believe we can play with anybody," Cavanaugh said. "That being said, it doesn't do anything to help us beat Holy Cross. We have to come out and have that same type of intensity. We have to be mentally ready, physically ready. ... We gotta be together and that's going to parlay into Holy Cross. We have the 24-hour rule. We're going to enjoy this 24 hours and we'll flip tomorrow in practice and solely focus on Holy Cross, because that's a real good club. They beat (Boston College) as well."