Cats earn weekend split

This weekend, the Catamounts found themselves in Boston playing Northeastern University, the No. 3 team in the nation. Though Friday night was a tough loss for the Cats, Saturday marked a very impressive victory against a very tough team.Friday The Catamounts ended up with a 3-1 loss on Friday night at Matthews Arena, bringing their four game winning streak to an end. Northeastern freshman Steve Qualier scored in the first period to put the Huskies up 1-0. After a scoreless second period, Vermont junior Viktor Stalberg scored in the third to tie the game. Northeastern went on to score two more goals to get the win. “[Northeastern] played a very strong game tonight and we weren’t able to generate much 5-on-5 offense,” Vermont head coach Kevin Sneddon said. “Their penalty kill was very strong and our power play was awful tonight. That wasn’t a good mix for us.”UVM goalie, freshman Rob Madore, had 27 saves, while Northeastern junior Brad Thiessen had 32. “We knew it was going to be a defensive battle,” Sneddon said. Stalberg, who scored UVM’s only goal, has recorded at least one point in 13 of the last 14 games.Saturday Saturday night was a different story for the Catamounts, beating the Huskies 4-2 and giving Northeastern their first home loss of the season. Stalberg had two goals and an assist in the game while sophomore Kyle Medevec recorded his first goal of the year. Though Northeastern managed to tie the game twice with goals from senior Rob Rassey and freshman Mike McLaughlin, Vermont dominated the third period, with Stalberg’s second goal and a goal from senior assistant captain Peter Lenes.Madore made his fifth consecutive start and had 20 saves to hold off the Huskie offense.”I thought our forwards did a great job of getting to space for our defensemen and using our speed to attack their zone,” Sneddon said. “Bottom line is we had more energy, more sense of urgency on loose pucks tonight.”This game improves the Catamounts to an 8-4-2 Hockey East record. Next weekend, the No. 7 Cats return home for a pair of home games against UMass.