UVM, UMass fight to a draw

Burlington, Vt. – Coming off a Friday night win at Gutterson Fieldhouse, the Catamounts were looking for a repeat but ended up with a tie.It was a quiet start for both teams in a scoreless first period. Vermont had just one penalty served by junior Patrick Cullity for hitting from behind. UMass had two penalties for hooking and interference.The game stayed scoreless through the second period, though the penalties increased significantly – Vermont totaling another four while UMass served three.An intense series from beginning to end, the teams amassed a total of 26 penalties over the two-game set.The goals started to come in the third period, starting with the Catamounts. Vermont took the 1-0 lead in the third with a goal from junior VIktor Stalberg assisted by junior Brayden Irwin and sophomore Dan Lawson. UMass came back quickly though with a powerplay goal from freshmen Casey Wellman. The game stayed tied through the third period, which led to a five-minute sudden death.Despite chances on both sides, neither team could take advantage in the extra frame and the end result was a 1-1 tie.”We had a lot of chances,” Vermont head coach Kevin Sneddon said. “This was a good hard fought series”.Sitting in third in Hockey East play, the Cats actually lost a point to first-place Northeastern over the weekend after they swept Providence. BU remains in second, just two points ahead of Vermont.Vermont will travel to UNH next weekend for a Friday night match-up against the Wildcats. The Cats will then return home on Feb. 6, where they will match-up with Providence at Gutterson Fieldhouse.