Head coach frustrated with “effortless-game”

It was clear that head coach, Kevin Sneddon, was not happy with the men’s ice hockey performance against unranked Northeastern University. Vermont lost the game 4-1.

“Northeastern’s effort was incredible and ours was terrible. They won every battle and every puck race. How many penalties did we take? One or two and it’s not because we were diligent. It’s simply because we didn’t hit anything,” Sneddon said.

Northeastern got out to an early lead, beating sophomore goaltender Mike Santaguida on the far side. Senior captain Mike Paliotta responded on the power play soon after, but that was all the Cats would get.

“I’m just incredibly disappointed from the net out. This is a collective bad effort from me all the way down,” Paliotta said.

After the loss Sneddon said that there would be some changes.

“There’s going to be a lot of lineup changes. Pretty much everybody who didn’t play tonight and is healthy will get a chance to play tomorrow,” Sneddon said.

These players include sophomore Mike Stenerson, first-year Kevin Irwin, sophomore Jarrid Privitera, first-year Mitch Ferguson and others.

Sneddon made it clear that this was an embarrassing loss by the Catamounts. The lack of effort and the lack of execution on the ice, as well as a conference loss to a non-ranked team, should spark the players into performing better tomorrow night Sneddon said.

The Catamounts face off against Northeastern tomorrow night at Gutterson Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. and will be televised on CatamounTV.