Cats Win One, Lose One Touring Ivy Leagues

Yale took a very early lead and went on to post a 6-2 win over Vermont on Friday night at the bulldogs’ home rink. The loss dropped the Catamounts to 8-12-3 overall and improved Yale’s record to 12-8-0. The Bulldogs had three power play goals on the night and both of Vermont’s goals were also on power plays late in the second period and midway through the third. Shawn Conschafter had 15 saves in the game for Vermont, Travis Russell had 12, and Yale netminder Josh Gartner stopped 22 shots. The Cats then took on Princeton on Saturday and came up with a big 5-3 win over the Tigers on their home ice. The win gives the Catamounts a 9-12-3 overall record, 6-8-0 in the ECAC. A couple of Vermonters got things going offensively for Vermont against the Tigers. With the Catamounts on a five-minute power play after a major penalty to a Princeton player, sophomore Brady Leisenring (Stowe, Vt.) scored his ninth goal of the season at 11:18, ripping a wrist shot high over the left shoulder of Princeton’s Trevor Clay. Senior assistant captain Bryson Busniuk assisted on the goal, the 14th of Leisenring’s career and his fifth power-play goal of the season. Another sophomore from the Green Mountain State gave Vermont a 2-0 lead later in the period. Tim Plant (Barre, Vt.) banged home a rebound of a Leisenring shot for his seventh goal of the year. Senior captain Thomas Hajek (St. Catharines, Ont.) also assisted on the goal, extending his point streak to four games. Leisenring made the play, bulling his way through the Princeton zone before getting off a backhand shot that Clay stopped. Plant then pounced on the rebound to give the Catamounts a 2-0 advantage. The Catamounts continued the offensive onslaught in the second period, scoring their second power-play goal of the game and the fourth of the weekend when freshman defenseman Jaime Sifers scored his first career goal on a shot from the point. Conschafter was once again outstanding for Vermont, keeping the Tigers at bay throughout the game, especially in the third period when he made a number of outstanding saves. The Cats are at Colgate next Friday and at Cornell next Saturday, and on Friday, Feb. 14th for the Clarkson game, UVM will host “Have a heart, Bring a can” Night. Fans who bring a canned good to the game will get $1.00 off their ticket price. The food will be donated to the Chittenden County Food Shelf. -SportsInfo