Daily Archives: Feb 2, 2014

Women’s Hockey: Douville’s 36 Saves Lead UVM Past Providence

Courtesy Vermont Sports Information

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Vermont goaltender Roxanne Douville made 36 saves to lead Vermont to a 3-1 win over Providence Sunday afternoon in Hockey East action at Schneider Arena.

The Friars opened the scoring 6:18 into the first period. Courtney Kukowski connected with Haley Frade cutting down the slot. Frade collected the puck and fired it past Douville for her sixth goal of the season.

The Catamounts answered back five minutes later in the first period. Brittany Zuback forced a turnover and entered the Providence zone with speed. Zuback cut to the middle and fired a low shot past Providence goaltender Sarah Bryant for her ninth goal of the season.

Vermont scored the go-ahead goal 3:38 into the second period on the power play. Amanda Pelkey fed a cross-ice pass to Ashley Salerno, and she fired a shot at Bryant that Victoria Andreakos tipped the eventual game-winner in for her eighth goal of the season. Pelkey picked up her Hockey East leading 13th power play point of the season on Andreakos’ goal.

The Friars held a 20-11 shot advantage after the second period and they continued to pressure the Catamounts in the third period. Douville made 17 saves in the third to shut the door on Providence.

With 29 seconds left in regulation Bridget Baker cemented the Catamounts win with an empty-net goal. Zuback assisted on Baker’s tally, making it the junior forward’s fifth multi-point game of the season.

Roxanne Douville was the difference today,” said head coach Jim Plumer. “It wasn’t our best game by any stretch and Roxanne stood very tall. Our defensive game was a total team effort and was by far the best part of our game.”

With the win this afternoon the Catamounts hold a five-point lead over Providence for fourth place in Hockey East. The top four teams host the single game quarterfinal matchups.

Vermont returns to Gutterson Fieldhouse next weekend as they host Maine in the teams final meeting of the season Saturday February 8 at 4 p.m. Following the game there will be a Catamount Kids Conference Presented by Doubletree.

Tickets are available for all home games and can be purchased by visiting UVMathletics.com/Tickets, over the phone by calling the Ticket Office at (802) 656-4410, or in person at the Patrick Gym Ticket Office (open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.).

NOTES: Vermont’s win today continued to establish team single-season records for road wins (8), wins (12), and league wins (8) … In 10 of Vermont’s 12 wins this season the power play has converted at least once.

Men’s Hoop: Late Basket Lifts Hamilton Over Middlebury

Courtesy Hamilton Sports Information

CLINTON, N.Y. – Hamilton’s Greg Newton nailed an 18-foot jumper with six seconds left that lifted the Continentals to a 76-74 NESCAC win Sunday afternoon against Middlebury in Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. The Continentals (11-9, 2-4 NESCAC) had lost their last seven games against Middlebury but they still lead the all-time series, 22-18. Hamilton’s last win against the Panthers was during the 2005-06 season. Hamilton hosts Tufts for a conference game on Friday, February 7th, while Middlebury travels to Keene State for a non-conference contest on Tuesday, February 4th.

In the first half, the Panthers held a 20-14 lead with 9:46 to go, but the Continentals roared back with a 14-2 run that gave Hamilton a six-point edge at 28-22 with 4:13 remaining. Santos’ jumper with 2:04 left put the Continentals up 32-24 and represented the largest lead of the half for either team.

The Panthers (12-7, 3-3) recovered from a 14-point deficit early in the second half by shooting 59.3 percent from the floor during the final 20 minutes. Hamilton led 34-29 at the break and opened the second half with a 12-3 run for its largest lead of the afternoon at 46-32 with 16:01 to go. Middlebury responded with an 18-4 run and a layup by Dylan Sinnickson forced the seventh tie at 50-50 with 9:40 remaining.

Neither team led by more than four points the rest of the way and there were five more ties. A layup by Kizel put the Panthers up 68-64 with 2:23 left. It was Middlebury’s largest lead since midway through the first half.

Matt Hart pulled the Continentals within one on Hamilton’s first three-pointer of the day with 1:58 to go. After Jensen made 1-2 free throws, Hart drained another trifecta and put Hamilton back in the lead at 70-69 with 1:20 remaining. Joey Kizel nailed a shot from beyond the arc that put the Panthers back up by two with 1:09 left, and Hart answered with his third three-pointer in 65 seconds for a 73-72 edge for the Continentals with 53 seconds to go.

Following a Middlebury turnover, Newton was fouled and he made one free throw that gave Hamilton a two-point cushion with 41.3 seconds remaining. Kizel was fouled on the Panthers’ next possession and he calmly made both free throws to tie the score at 74-74 with 29 seconds left. After Newton’s basket, Middlebury had one last chance but a three-point attempt for the win came up short and the buzzer sounded before anyone could grab the rebound.

Hart tied a career high with 30 points for the Continentals, 21 of them in the second half.

Ajani Santos dropped in a career-best 13 points for Hamilton, while Bradley Gifford just missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Newton finished with nine points and tied a career high with eight assists.

Kizel scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half and added five assists for Middlebury. Hunter Merryman chipped in 12 points, while Matt St. Amour added 12 markers off the bench in 16 minutes. James Jensen scored 11 and Jack Roberts grabbed nine boards.


Box Score: http://nescac.com/sports/mbkb/2013-14/boxscores/20140202_dmx3.xml?view=boxscore


Women’s Hoop: Middlebury Suffers Road Setback At Hamilton

Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information

Clinton, NY. — Middlebury scored just two buckets over the final 2:42, as Hamilton (8-10, 2-4 NESCAC) held on for a 57-53 win on Sunday at Hamilton’s Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. Caroline Barrett scored a career-high 20 to lead the Continentals over the Panthers.

Barrett hit three-point baskets on consecutive possessions down the stretch, putting Hamilton ahead for good with 2:20 left in the game, then giving the Continentals a 53-48 lead on her fourth three pointer of the game with 53 seconds remaining. Middlebury pulled to within two points on a three-point bucket by Laura Lowry 32 seconds later and rebounded a missed Hamilton free throw to set up a chance to tie the game before turning the ball over. Dani Feigin converted two free throws with four seconds left to provide the final margin.

Feigin and Samantha Graber scored 11 points apiece for the Continentals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Barrett, who was making her first collegiate start, made 6-8 attempts from the floor including 4-5 shooting from long distance.

The Panthers used a 9-1 run midway through the second half to take a five-point lead – their biggest of the game – with 8:28 left. Lowery, Sarah Marcus and Rachel Crews each contributed a three pointer during the run. A Barrett jumper and a three-point basket by Graber pulled Hamilton even at the 5:22 mark and the teams traded leads over the next three minutes with Middlebury taking its last lead on a lay-up by Scarlet Kirk with 2:42 to go.

Kirk led the Panthers with 12 points and a game-best 12 rebounds. Marcus scored 10 points. Lowry and Kristina Conroy both pulled down six rebounds, helping Middlebury to a 37-29 advantage on the boards.

Feigin collected five steals and Carly Gruenberg matched a career high with nine rebounds.

Hamilton jumped ahead 13-4 just four minutes in and built an 11-point lead 10:49 into the opening period. The Panthers finished the half with an 8-3 run to pull to within 29-24 at the half.

The Continentals play their final non-league game of the season Tuesday, hosting Albany College of Pharmacy at 7 p.m. Middlebury visits Keene State for a 5:30 p.m. game Tuesday.

– See more at: http://www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports/womensbasketball/archive/2013-2014/news/node/468884#sthash.sbUeIIyM.dpuf

Defense Wins Championships … Not necessarily Super Bowls … and a Long Time Between Sweeps

George Commo’s Blog – Sunday 2/2/14

I started to write the headline for this little effort when I suddenly realized anyone reading it would think I was referring to this evening’s Super Bowl. So just to clarify, I’m talking about the UVM Men’s basketball team, not the Seahawks or the Broncos. The Catamounts held the Albany Great Danes to 12 points in the first half on route to a 55-45 win last night at SEFCU Arena. If the Cats can keep shutting down opponents like that they are going to be awfully tough to beat.

Oh, as to the Seahawks and the Broncos … 24-17 Denver.

It is bound to come up so I might as well answer it here … it is the first time since the 2006-2007 season. Yup, for the first time in seven seasons the Norwich Men’s hockey team got swept in an ECAC East league weekend series. NU lost 4-3 at NEC on Friday night and 2-1 at St. Anselm yesterday. Along the way they fired a combined total of 95 shots on net … but only four went in. Are the Cadets running into smoking hot goaltenders, or are they making those goaltenders look good? Well they’ve got two more weekends before the ECAC East playoffs to figure it out … and they have work to do before those playoffs begin. Their 15 year league regular season title streak is very much on the line. As of right now they are two points behind Babson in the league standings.

Who will win the Super Bowl? Unfortunately, I don’t want to imagine.

This morning I took a look at a lot of “experts” picks and seemingly more of them are thinking that Seattle is going to win tonight’s Super Bowl!  Unfortunately, I’m with them in that line of thinking.  We saw Peyton Manning’s bitter beer face a couple times this year during the regular season.  I think it’s going to happen again, and I’m not happy about it.  Every ounce of me wants Pete Carroll to lose, and to add to that, every fiber of me wants Richard Sherman to eat crow-and a lot of it.  The other day on my show I predicted that Seattle would win 19-17 and I’m sticking with it.  Some of you with inside information know that I might have submitted “another score” in a pool I’m in.  Honestly, I went with my heart in that one.  For this one, I’m trying to use common sense.

And what makes up that common sense?  The fact that Peyton Manning is 8-11 in games under 40 degrees-which is what it is supposed to be in New Jersey tonight during the game.  He’s also facing the #1 defense, and when doing that the last two times he’s thrown 1 touchdown pass(that’s right 1!!!!!) while throwing 6 interceptions.  Anyone think the Seattle secondary might be pretty good?  I do.   When I was younger I would always go with my heart(hence Vikings fan idiocy) and I’d always go to bed pissed off.  Tonight, if and when Seattle wins, I’ll just know I looked at the game logically.

Let’s back up a bit.  At the start of this here blog I mentioned how the experts seemed to be picking the Seahawks more than the Broncos.  Yet Vegas had the Broncos favored by 2.5 all week!  Huh? Do you guys smell a rat?  On the one hand you have most media blowing up the Broncos, and now 5 time regular season MVP, Peyton Manning.  On the other, everyone knows that this is about the worst possible scenario for Denver. Cold weather, #1 playoff scoring defense, facing Beast Mode(Marshawn Lynch), a little wind.  Hmmmm.  I see Floyd Mayweather losing some serious cash in the next 13 hours-from the time of this post.  10.4 million dollars, in fact, will be heading to the sportsbook compliments of Floyd..

Now, full disclaimer here, I hope I’m wrong.  I really like Peyton Manning, and have been a proponent of his forever.  I think he’s the best quarterback to ever play this game-in terms of execution, attack, and preparation. Obviously, he’s not the most athletic to ever play the position, and doesn’t have a cannon arm, but the ball seems to get where it needs to-most of the time. Today, I’ve got bad vibes about Peyton’s day.  We’ll find out soon enough, man I hope I’m wrong.