March 21, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - UConn senior Matt Grogan (Gilbert, Ariz.) signed a professional contract with the Fort Wayne Komets of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) on Friday and is expected to make his pro debut on Friday night. Grogan closed out his collegiate career with the Huskies last weekend and leaves the men's hockey program as a member of one of the most successful senior classes in school history.
Grogan finished this past season playing in a career-best 26 games with 25 starts. He posted a 2.47 goals against average and a .923 save percentage, ranking third among Atlantic Hockey goaltenders. His .923 save percentage currently ranks 20th in the nation. Grogan finished the season with a 10-12-2 record, seventh in the league in winning percentage (.458).
He had eight games this season where he posted 30 or more saves including a pair of 40 save efforts and a 50 save game. Grogan stopped a career-high 58 shots to set a new UConn Division I record in leading the Huskies to a 3-2 upset at #9 ranked Providence, earning the AHA Goaltender of the Week for his efforts in the win. He also posted 47 saves to help the Huskies to a 2-2 tie with nationally ranked Union.
He leaves the program with a 25 wins and posted a 2.32 career goals against average, the lowest in UConn history. Last season, he finished with a 1.93 goals against average, the lowest goals against average for a season. For his efforts, he was named to the All-AHA third team.
The Fort Wayne Komets play in the Eastern Conference of the ECHL and have posted a 28-22-6 record this season in North Division, good for third place. The Komets are one of three teams (Las Vegas, Colorado) in the league not affiliated with an NHL or AHL team.
The Komets have 11 games left on their schedule starting tonight at home against the Gwinnett Gladiators. Grogan is expected to be in goal tonight when the puck drops.