BU dominates Vermont 7-2

In a rematch of last season’s Hockey East Semifinals, No.3 Boston University scored four unanswered goals and demolished the No. 14 ranked Catamounts 7-2 on Saturday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Eight different Terriers had multiple point games while freshman goaltender Grant Rollheiser finished with 22 saves. The lopsided win improves BU to 5-1-0 (2-1-0 HEA) while the Cats slip to 2-2-1 (0-2-0 HEA). “I just think we got rattled tonight and from the head coach down I don’t think we did a very good job,” Cats’ head coach Kevin Sneddon said. “BU was very good tonight, no question about it, from start to finish. We just kept getting worse.” The Terriers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period, thanks to a pair of goals from BU sophomore Colin Wilson, the 7th overall draft pick in the 2008 NHL Draft. UVM would respond on the power play midway through the opening period to cut the deficit to 2-1. Perched on the doorstep, junior Viktor Stalberg secured a deflected centering-feed from senior captain Dean Strong and beat Rollheiser for his second goal of the season. After BU re-established their two goal lead at 3:52 of the second period, the Cats fought back yet again to make it 3-2. Junior Colin Vock found Lenes streaking in from the blue line and the 5’6” bottle rocket blasted a one-timer in stride past Rollheiser. The tally was Lenes’ third of the year and extended his current points streak to five games. The turning point in the game occurred at the end of the second period when Rollheiser stoned Vock on a breakaway. Less than two minutes later, BU senior Brandon Yip secured a face-off draw at the top of the hash marks and fired a wrister top-shelf, blocker side past Spillane to make it 4-2. “I think we did a good job fighting back and then we kind of just got the wind knocked out of us there,” Stalberg said of Yip’s goal. “It’s obviously huge momentum there, we miss a breakaway and we get a penalty and they score right away.” “Up until that point it was a real hard fought [game],” said BU head coach Jack Parker. “It was going to go either way.” The Terriers pulled away in the final period, scoring three of their four unanswered goals. Just 28 seconds in, senior Jason Lawrence, the reigning Hockey East Player of the Week, buried a juicy rebound by Spillane on the power play to make it 5-2. Higgins would add a tally and sophomore Nick Bonino capped off the scoring with a wrap-around power play goal at 12:04 of the final period to send the Catamount faithful to the exits early. BU finished 4-7 on the man advantage while Vermont went just 1-8. “I thought it was a hard-fought game for 35 minutes or so and then we kind of just messed it up for ourselves,” said Stalberg. The Cats look to bounce back with a win when they visit Providence Friday night, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.