Before the Hockey East season began, UConn was projected to finish last in the conference. Now, the Huskies have a chance at playing on home ice in the playoffs.
Coach Mike Cavanaugh is a big reason why.
Cavanaugh spent 18 years as an assistant coach at Boston College before landing the head coaching gig in Storrs last season. He led the Huskies to an 18-14-4 record overall, and their 15-9-3 Atlantic Hockey record was good for third in the conference.
Now, UConn is in arguably the toughest conference in college hockey, and it hasn’t fared as well as last year. However, its 6-9-4 Hockey East record is tied for eighth place, which would give it home ice in the first round of the playoffs.
The Huskies have a home-and-away series against New Hampshire this weekend followed by a game against UMass on Feb. 27. At 10th and 12th place, respectively, those are two teams that will certainly do their best to keep UConn from getting any sort of advantage in the playoffs. Luckily for the Huskies, Cavanaugh is prepared for that.
“All those games are going to be tough games for us,” Cavanaugh said on “The Instigators” on Wednesday. “Every game we play in seems to be a tight game, which sometimes is tough because it can wear you down, but on the other hand it makes us — we feel really comfortable playing in those games. And through my experience, when you get into the Hockey East playoffs … you’re playing in tight, closely checking games.”
Hear more from Cavanaugh in the video above.
Thumbnail photo via UConn hockey coach Mike Cavanaugh talks to Dale Arnold, Billy Jaffe and Mike Morrison on "The Instigators" on Feb. 18.
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