Cats break ice with win

The Vermont men’s hockey team used great special teams and stellar goalkeeping to win the Ice Breaker Tournament in Oxford, Ohio. Going into the tournament the Cats were the only unranked team in the field, but that did not matter as they won both of their games in convincing fashion, outscoring their opponents 10-1. On Friday night Vermont blanked #14 Colgate 6-0 behind 23 saves from junior Joe Fallon, who recorded his 12th career shutout, and four power play goals. The Cats, who were worried about scoring coming into the season, jumped out to an early first period lead on goals from senior co-captain Kenny Macaulay, senior Tom Collingham and sophomore Kyle Kuk. UVM put away the game in the third period when sophomore Peter Lenes added two goals and fellow sophomore Dean Strong scored his first of the season. On Saturday night in the championship game the Cats used a strong second period, in which they scored three times, to knock off the #8 Miami (Ohio) Red Hawks on their own home ice. Vermont got goals from sophomore Corey Carlson (two), junior Torrey Mitchell, and freshman Colin Vock and 31 saves by Fallon. The win moved the Cats to 2-0 on the season and gave them their third straight regular season tournament title dating back to last season. The University of Denver, ranked #9, beat Colgate 3-2 in the consolation game. The Cats open the season at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Saturday Oct. 14 against conference foe Northeastern at 7:05 p.m.