Catamounts sunk by top ranked Eagles

Hockey fans across New England flocked to a sold-out Gutterson Fieldhouse Feb. 14 as Vermont hosted No. 1 nationally ranked Boston College Eagles.

It was a physical game that had a total of 25 penalty minutes.

Despite the Catamounts outshooting the Eagles, Boston was able to capitalize on their opportunities and won the match 4-3.

The streak was broken as they fell to 15-10-3 in the season.

Vermont wore pink jerseys to participate in the Hockey East Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer initiative.

Following the game the jerseys were auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Vermont Cancer Center.

This fundraiser has raised over  $230,000 for breast cancer charities league-wide, according to UVM athletics.

Head coach Kevin Sneddon said that he was frustrated by the Catamounts’ missed opportunities, including a second period five-on-three power play.

“Our five-on-three was terrible,” Sneddon said. “Those guys won’t see the ice for another five-on-three this season.”

“We had some good jump in our skates and a good game plan, but we gave them three goals and that hurt us,” he said.

UVM struck first when senior captain H.T. Lenz scored right out of the faceoff.

Senior Matt White assisted Lenz for the goal.

The Eagles followed soon after with a top-shelf goal by first-year Austin Cangelosi assisted by defensemen Ian McCoshen at the 13:27 mark.

In the second period Boston senior Kevin Hayes, a first round pick by the Chicago Blackhawks, was called for hitting after the whistle.

Boston also received another penalty late in the first period for interference after a player from the bench hit the attacking forward for the Catamounts.

Vermont went on the power-play and pressured Boston’s goaltender, first-year Thatcher Demko, with six shots.

The Catamounts had to start the second period short handed after a late first period penalty was called on first-year Tom Forgione for boarding.

Boarding occurs when a player is thrust into the boards of the hockey rink.

The Eagles capitalized on the power-play when Gaudreau, who averages two points per game, scored with an assist from linemate Hayes.

Shortly after, UVM was charged with another penalty when sophomore Jonathan Turk was called for boarding.

Boston normally scores on 25 percent of their power plays, but the Catamounts were able to hold them off.

The Eagles then scored another goal with just 10 seconds left in the second period.

Boston pressed the advantage early in the third frame, but Vermont senior Pete Massar notched a goal two minutes into the period.

Boston answered back seconds later when Brown scored his second goal of the game on an assist from first-year Ryan Fitzgerald.

Hockey fans around the country agree that the Arnold-Gaudreau-Hayes line is one of the top lines in college hockey, but Sneddon said that he believes that they were kept in check.

“Our Turk line did a great job on them,” Sneddon said. “But their other lines really beat us.”

Each team got five total shots midway through the third period.

With less than a minute left, frustration rose and senior Nick Brunteau was called for holding an opponent’s stick.

UVM refused to go away quietly and added their third goal with 18 seconds left in the game off of a rebound from first-year Mario Puskarich.

“We were risking it every time we put a couple of lines out there tonight,” Sneddon said. “One of our lines was minus three tonight and that’s just not acceptable.”

“We gave them three goals tonight and we can’t do that against this team,” he said

“I think coming out of this our guys know they made some mistakes,” Sneddon said. “But we are confident and know that we can skate and be physical with this Eagle’s team.”

The Eagles proved to be too much for Vermont Feb. 16 as Boston held on to their early lead and beat the Cats 5-3.