UNH Trounces UVM 10-0

The University of Vermont’s Men’s Hockey team has not beaten the University of New Hampshire’s Men’s Hockey team since October 19, 1996.

The streak was extended through Saturday when UNH beat UVM 10-0 in the first game of the year for New Hampshire and the second for Vermont.

UNH, who went to the Frozen Four last year, played very well last night, beating UVM to the puck and generally out-hustling and out-stickhandling a frustrated Catamounts squad.

New Hampshire had three goals in the first period, five goals in the second period and two goals in the third period.

“That’s a pretty good team,” said Vermont coach Mike Gilligan. “I don’t think they’re nearly as good as we made them tonight. We came out of the locker room beaten. Our guys didn’t feel like they were good enough to beat this team.”

One-minute and 44 seconds into the first period, UNH Captain Patrick Foley put one past UVM netminder Travis Russell, who was in his first collegiate game ever.

New Hampshire proved too strong for the Vermont defense, and New Hampshire’s first line of offense, Lanny Gare, Josh Prudden and Colin Hemmingway, had three goals together in the second period. All three coming off the stick of Gare, from Prudden and Hemmingway.

UNH scored three of their goals on power plays, going three for four all night. Vermont was not able to capitalize on any power play opportunities, going a disappointing 0-4.

UNH goalie Mike Ayers tallied his first shutout of the year, making 28 saves throughout the game, all of which came in either the first or second period.

UVM goaltender Matt Hanson relieved Russel late in the second period, after UNH had scored their 6th goal and was able to make 4 saves for Vermont. Russell had 15 saves for Vermont. Vermont takes on a strong Boston University team in Boston this Friday at 7 pm and will have to pick their heads up and start over after this disheartening loss to UNH.

In more positive news, Vermont’s leading goal scorer last year, Patrick Sharp made his NHL debut for the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers.

“A couple of months ago, I would not have dreamed of playing on the opening roster, but a couple of breaks came and I’m very excited,” Sharp said.

Sharp, who has played center for most of his career, moved to left wing in the line-up to accommodate the center-heavy Flyers.