Ups and downs for men’s hockey over Thanksgiving

While most UVM students were enjoying break, the student-athletes of the men’s hockey team played five games over the week.

The games yielded mixed results for the team, as they played mostly Hockey East teams at home and on the road.

Vermont suffered losses against Boston University, Northeastern University and Colgate but won games against UMass and Dartmouth.

The week started off with a road trip against BU and Northeastern on Nov. 18 and 19. UVM lost both games, the first 4-3 and the second 4-1.

The Cats began a comeback in the third period against BU, as junior Sebastian Stalberg knocked in a rebound to bring the score to 4-3 at 16:42. The hope was short-lived, though, as time ran out on Vermont’s chances. A similar story could be told of the Northeastern game.

“We didn’t battle tonight and we just didn’t engage,” head coach Kevin Sneddon said of the Northeastern game. “We’ve had some good growth games without results, but today was a step back, and a lot of that is credit to [Northeastern]. They were the much better team.”

Returning home on Nov. 22 to face UMass, the team delivered a win, defeating the Minutemen 2-1.

First-year Kyle Reynolds scored twice in the win, and secured Vermont its first Hockey East win of the season.

Victory was short-lived for the Catamounts, as Colgate came to Gutterson the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25, and shut down the Cats in a decisive 4-1 victory.

Though the Catamounts scored first in the game, they were not able to muster another goal or hold off Colgate. Despite this, Sneddon was pleased with the team’s work ethic.

“We had way too many chances to only have scored one goal,” Sneddon said. “That to me was disappointing because I think our guys deserved a lot better; they worked extremely hard.”

Vermont bounced back just two days later when they beat Dartmouth in another high-scoring game, this time winning 5-3.

Though Dartmouth held the lead in the third period, Vermont scored three unanswered goals to wrap up the win. Twelve different Catamounts recorded a point in the contest.

“Today wasn’t the prettiest game, but we’d rather come away with the win,” Stalberg said. “We have to grind it out and make sure that we get the wins.”

Vermont will wrap up their long five-game homestand on Dec. 2 and 3 when they face Maine, another Hockey East foe. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m. for both games.