STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's hockey team improved to 13-12-3 (10-9-2 AHA) with a 9-0 victory over Bentley on Monday night in Storrs. Nine different skaters scored for the Huskies and Matt Grogan stopped 24 shots to earn the first shutout of his career.
UConn defeated Bentley on Sunday night in Watertown, Mass., 4-1. With the weekend sweep, UConn moved into a three-way tie for fourth in the AHA standings with Canisius and this weekend's opponent Holy Cross. The top four teams in the AHA standings receive a bye in the first round of the AHA playoffs and will host the second round.
Grogan improved to 8-2-2 on the season and continues to lead the AHA with a 1.56 goals against average and a .950 save percentage.
"We had that big power play early and we were rolling from there on," said Grogan. "The guys played great in front of me tonight. I think any of our four goalies could step in and play well for us really. It felt good to get the shutout, I've lost a few in the third. But the guys were great in front tonight."
The UConn power play led the way with two goals during a five-minute major penalty in a 30-second span early in the first period. The power play has scored in six straight games, the longest streak of the season. The Huskies scored five seconds after the power play expired as well, capitalizing on three goals in a 54 second span.
Billy Latta scored the opening goal at 6:16 with assists to Sean Ambrosie and Jordan Sims. Latta and Sims each finished the night with a goal and two assists. Ambrosie tallied three assists on the night, including helpers on both power-play goals.
Freshman Kyle Huson scored his second goal in as many nights to go up 2-0 at 6:46. The major penalty expired at 7:05 and Sophomore Brad Smith buried his second goal of the season at 7:10 to give UConn a 3-0 lead early in the contest.
Freshman Patrick Kirtland scored his third of the season at 17:11 to finish the scoring in the first.
The Huskies scored in rapid succession again in the second period with two goals in a 33 seconds span. Freshman Shawn Pauly finished in front at 9:14 with assists going to linemates Cody Sharib and Trevor Gerling.
UConn added three more in the third to finish out the scoring. Jordan Sims scored in front after passes from Latta and Brant Harris to go up 7-0.
Ferriss was on the end of the illegal hit early in the first period that led to the five-minute major penalty for Bentley. The UConn freshman then tallied his first career goal at 5:55 to put the Huskies ahead 8-0. H ewas assisted by Latta and Sims.
Gerling added his ninth of the season at 14:23 during a scramble in front.
Connecticut hosts Holy Cross on Friday, February 15 at 7:05 p.m. The two teams are tied for fourth in the AHA standings. The two teams will finish the season series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in Worcester, Mass.