Matt Grogan is UConn's first All-Conference goalie since 2008.
March 19, 2013
HAVERHILL, Mass. – Senior goaltender Matt Grogan (Gilbert, Ariz.) has been named to the All-Atlantic Hockey Association Third Team as voted on by the league’s coaches and announced by the league office, Tuesday afternoon.
A back-up for his first three seasons in Storrs, Grogan emerged as the starter midway through the season and has started each of the last 15 games. He is 14-3-3 on the season with a 1.88 goals against average, ranking second in the league and 10th in the NCAA, and .939 save percentage, good enough for second in the league and fifth in the nation.
Against No. 2 Quinnipiac on January 22, Grogan posted a career-high 48 saves in a 2-1 loss. His only other 40-plus save game came against Holy Cross, a 4-1 road win on February 16.
Grogan is the first Husky goalie to be named to the All-Conference team since Beau Erickson made the second team in 2008.
Atlantic Hockey Release
HAVERHILL, Mass. -- The Atlantic Hockey Association and its coaches have chosen the All-Conference Teams for the 2012-13 regular season. All student-athletes were nominated by their own coaches and voted on by the remaining 11 coaches.
The forward line for the First Team All-Conference include Kyle De Laurell, Air Force; Giancarlo Iuorio, Niagara and Brett Gensler, Bentley. On the blue line are Adam McKenzie, Air Force; Nick Jones, Mercyhurst and Chris Saracino, RIT. The First Team goaltender is Carsen Chubak, Niagara. De Laurell and Gensler repeat as First Team performers, as they were named to the 2011-12 All-Conference squad, while Jones was named to the Third Team last season. Iuorio, McKenzie, Saracino and Chubak are first time honorees.
Gensler finished the season with 33 points on 13 goals and 20 assists, good for second in the conference. De Laurell collected 27 points, while netting 17 goals and adding 10 helpers. Iuorio had 25 points on 15 goals and 10 assists, while playing in 16 conference games this season due to an injury. Saracino was tied for the league lead amongst all defensemen in scoring with 24 points (8 goals, 16 assists), while Jones was the fourth highest scoring defenseman with 18 points. McKenzie was fifth in points amongst defenseman with 17 points. Chubak appeared in 25 games for Niagara, posting a 20-3-2 mark with a 1.82 goals against average and a .939 saves percentage. He posted a league leading five shutouts.
The Second Team All-Conference forwards are Ryan Misiak, Mercyhurst; Adam Pleskach, American International and Adam Brace, Robert Morris. The defensive tandem on the Second Team is Dan Weiss, Niagara and Steve Weinstein, Bentley. Ben Meisner, American International is the Second Team goaltender. Pleskach was honored last season as a member of the Third Team All-Conference.
Misiak added 30 points to the Lakers scoring, while Pleskach added 25 points for the Yellow Jackets. Brace finished the season with the fourth highest point total with 29 (9 goals, 20 assists). Weinstein finished tied with Saracino in points with 24, while Weiss added 10 points from the Purple Eagle blue line. Meisner led American International to 24 points and the ninth seed in the tournament. Meisner posted a 9-11-6 mark, with a 2.74 goals against average and a .927 saves percentage. He had a pair of shutouts during the season.
The Third Team All-Conference front line is Matthew Zay, Mercyhurst; Kyle Gibbons, Canisius and Eric Delong, Sacred Heart. Skating on the blue line for the Third Team are Kevin Ryan, Niagara and Jeff Ceccacci, American International. Matt Grogan, Connecticut is in net for the Third Team.
Zay led the league in points with 34, while scoring 10 goals and adding 24 assists. Gibbons finished the season as the fifth leading scorer with 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists), while Delong led the Pioneers in scoring with 23 points (9 goals, 14 assists). Ryan accumulated 15 points as a defenseman, while Ceccacci scored 11 points on the blue line for the Yellow Jackets. Grogan appeared in 17 games for the Huskies, posting a 1.77 goals against average, a .941 saves percentage and an 11-1-3 mark. Grogan earned a pair shutouts during the regular season.
The Atlantic Hockey Association arose when nine institutions joined together on June 30, 2003, to form a new Division-I men’s ice hockey conference. The league currently consists of twelve members: Air Force Academy, American International College, Army, Bentley University, Canisius College, the University of Connecticut, the College of the Holy Cross, Mercyhurst University, Niagara University, Robert Morris University, Rochester Institute of Technology and Sacred Heart University.
Atlantic Hockey Association All-Conference Team
2012-13 Atlantic Hockey All-CONFERENCE TEAMS
F-Kyle De Laurell, Air Force
F-Giancarlo Iuorio, Niagara
F-Brett Gensler, Bentley
D-Adam McKenzie, Air Force
D-Nick Jones, Mercyhurst
D-Chris Saracino, RIT
G-Carsen Chubak, Niagara
F-Ryan Misiak, Mercyhurst
F-Adam Pleskach, AIC
F-Adam Brace, Robert Morris
D-Dan Weiss, Niagara
D-Steve Weinstein, Bentley
G-Ben Meisner, AIC
F-Matthew Zay, Mercyhurst
F-Kyle Gibbons, Canisius
F-Eric Delong, Sacred Heart
D-Kevin Ryan, Niagara
D-Jeff Ceccacci, AIC
G-Matt Grogan, Connecticut
* - Unanimous selection