Seniors honored but BC prevails

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Junior forward Brendan Bradley fights for the puck against Boston College during UVM's weekend series against the Eagles Feb. 20.  Phil Carruthers/The Vermont Cynic

[/media-credit] Junior forward Brendan Bradley fights for the puck against Boston College during UVM’s weekend series against the Eagles Feb. 20. Phil Carruthers/The Vermont Cynic

The men’s hockey team dropped both games in their senior weekend series against Boston College on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20. These two games represented the Catamounts’ last two home games of the year; the BC series would be the last time the UVM seniors would play a regular season game at Gutterson. UVM came into the game with a record of 12-16-3 while BC boasted a record of 21-4-5, according to each team’s respective website. BC boasted 13 NHL draft picks on their roster — seven of which were picked in the first two rounds — while UVM dressed their only NHL draft pick, sophomore forward Liam Coughlin. UVM senior forward Jon Turk got the action started when he streaked down the right wing boards and fired a wrist shot that went past the BC junior goaltender Thatcher Demko a mere 15 seconds into the game before he jumped into the boards in celebration. It was the quickest goal scored by the Catamounts this year, and energized the home crowd. The momentum was short-lived, though, as BC forwards Austin Cangelosi and Zach Sanford scored back-to-back goals — Cangelosi’s during five-on-five play, Sanford’s on the power play — to put the Eagles ahead during the middle of the second period. The second period saw BC’s captain , defenseman Teddy Doherty, scored his 10th goal of the season on the power play, increasing BC’s lead to two over the Cats. The tail end of the second and the majority of the third period saw the Catamounts pepper Demko with shots, scoring chances. However, missed opportunities characterized the night for the Cats offensively. After Turk’s goal, Vermont went 0-35 on shots. They hit four pipes (junior forward Mario Puskarich with two, junior defense Chris Muscoby with one, and senior defense Alexx Privitera with one) and went a combined 0-7 on the power play. Head coach Kevin Sneddon said he was “very proud of the way our guys played tonight, I can’t ask for a better effort.” But in a season where the offense has struggled to put points up on the board, amassing a mere 2.22 goals per game while allowing 2.62 goals per game, the effort needs to turn into execution. Prior to game two on Saturday night, the Catamounts’ seniors were honored with a pre-game ceremony. The players involved were captain defenseman Yvan Pattyn, defenseman Dan Senkbeil, Alexx Privitera, and Turk. Game two started off with a bang as Puskarich rifled home a power play goal in the first period that gave the crowd a wake-up call and got the Cats going. As they did the previous night, Boston College tied it up with a power play goal of their own. In doing so, Adam Gilmour shot home his 11th goal of the season. The score remained tied at one going into the third period. BC’s Cangelosi and forward Ryan Fitzgerald each scoring before Fitzgerald scored the empty net goal. The Cats will finish up the regular season with two games at Merrimack College Feb. 26 and 27.