BC ends Cats’ run

Following an exciting 4-1 victory over the Boston University Terriers on Friday night at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, the UVM men’s hockey team was out matched 4-0 by Boston College in the Hockey East conference final.Friday night’s semifinal matchup was delayed for two hours and 40 minutes following a triple overtime contestbetween UNH and BC, which was the second longest game in Hockey East history.The Terriers jumped out to an early lead 10 minutes into the first period on a goal by junior Chris Higgins. The Cats went into the first intermission trailing, but the tide turned in a 29- second span on a pair of goals from junior assistant captain Peter Lenes and sophomore Colin Vock.At the 13:48 mark in the second period, Lenes took a pass from junior co-captain Dean Strong and fired it into the back of the net to even the score.Carrying the momentum of Lenes’ goal, Vock scored 29 seconds later on a rebound from a shot by freshman Jack Downing. Sophomore Brayden Irwin also assisted on the play.Junior assistant captain Corey Carlson finished the scoring for the Catamounts with 29 seconds left with an empty net goal which was assisted by Lenes and Strong.The victory sent the Catamounts to their first ever Hockey East Championship game, but the #8 Eagles proved to be too much for #18 Vermont.Sophomore Ben Smith put the Eagles up 1-0 at the 18:32 mark in the first period. Junior Tim Kunes followed up the goal with a score of his own to put BC up 2-0 with 14:59 left in the second period.With 20 seconds left in the period, freshman Brian Gibbons scored a power play goal, putting the Catamounts down 3-0 headed into the second intermission.The gap proved to be insurmountable for UVM, as they couldn’t mount any offense to counter BC freshman goalie John Muse’s 29 saves, which were enough for him to register the third shutout of his career.Boston College finished the scoring on an empty net goal from junior Nathan Gerbe – who was also named the tournament MVP – with 1:05 remaining.With the loss, the Catamounts narrowly missed making the NCAA tournament, as they were the third team out behind Minnesota State and Harvard.The game was the final contest in a UVM uniform for five seniors: Jeff Hill, Slavomir Tomko, Mark Lutz, Joe Fallon and Reese Wisnowski. Despite the loss, the Cats hope to build on their lateseason momentum in hopes of a successful 2008-2009 season.