Daily Archives: Feb 8, 2014

Men’s Hockey: Top Line Leads Catamounts Past UNH 5-2

Courtesy Vermont Sports Information

DURHAM, N.H. – Vermont’s top line of Brendan Bradley, Chris McCarthy, and Mario Puskarich combined for three goals and five assists on Friday night as the 19th-ranked Catamounts skated past 20th-ranked New Hampshire 5-2 for a Hockey East victory at the Whittemore Center.

The Catamounts improve to 14-9-3 (6-7-0 HEA), while the Wildcats drop to 16-14-1 (8-7-0 HEA). McCarthy posted a goal and two assists, becoming the 42nd player in program history to reach the 100-point plateau. Bradley registered his second straight three-point performance, while Puskarich had a goal and an assist.

“They made some special plays at key times,” said head coach Kevin Sneddon. “It’s great for Chris to get his 100th point and his 101st and 102nd points as well. That line is just clicking. They were able to make plays. They’re smart and skilled and there’s a good chemistry going on right now.”

UNH opened the scoring at the 6:22 mark of the first period as Nick Sorkin cycled the puck along the left goal line for Matt Willows. The forward snuck a pass through the crease and Kevin Goumas was waiting at the back post to stuff it home on the doorstep.

Two rookies answered for the Catamounts with a pair of goals in just 42 seconds to give UVM its first lead. McCarthy held off a UNH defensemen and fed a pass down low for Puskarich. The freshman spun a shot on goal and Bradley finished a rebound on his backhand at 10:11 to knot the score at one. McCarthy hit the century mark with the second assist on the play

Shortly after, Jake Fallon deflected the puck to the point for Yvan Pattyn, who fired a slap shot toward the net. Brady Shaw collected the loose puck along the right goal line, skated behind the net, and curled a wraparound inside the left post for his fourth goal of the season.

Vermont extended the lead late in the second period on its second power play of the night. Connor Brickley collected a pass down the left wing and skated into the UNH zone with speed. Brickley deked his way to the low slot and slipped a backhander through the five-hole of Casey DeSmith. Bradley and Nick Bruneteau picked up the assists on the play at 15:12.

Just 1:25 into the third, Brett Pesce collected a loose puck in the high slot after a scramble in front of the Vermont net. Pesce wristed a shot through a partial screen and beat Mike Santaguida blocker side for a power play tally to cut UVM’s advantage to 3-2.

The Catamounts killed off another UNH power play to retain the lead before netting back-to-back insurance goals in 18 seconds. McCarthy beat DeSmith low to the blocker side after a quick return pass from Bradley in the left circle. McCarthy then sent a slap pass to Puskarich just above the goal line and he rifled a shot into the roof of the net for a 5-2 cushion.

UVM coasted to victory down the stretch as Santaguida finished the night with 26 saves for his ninth win of the year. Vermont, which held a 33-28 shot advantage, hasn’t been out-shot by any of its last 10 opponents. Both teams went 1-for-3 with the man advantage.

Vermont and New Hampshire close their two-game Hockey East series on Saturday (Feb. 8) at 7 p.m. from the Whittemore Center.  Live video is available on a pay-per-view basis via UNHwildcats.tv.

Men’s Hockey: Cadets and Spartans Battle to a 1-1 Tie

Courtesy Castleton Sports Information

Rutland – The Spartans held a 1-0 lead for the majority of the game, but couldn’t hold off No. 9 Norwich to complete the upset. Castleton had to settle for a 1-1 tie against the Cadets at Spartan Arena on Friday night.


The visiting Cadets outshot the Spartans 36-18 over the course of the game, but Castleton goalkeeper Thomas Shelley stood on his head all night to preserve the point for the home team. Shelley finished with 35 saves for the Spartans while Chris Czarnota made 17 saves for Norwich.


In the first period, the Spartans jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a laser beam from Ben Bauer. The newly acquired defenseman received the puck at the right point on a power play and fired a cannon at the net, beating Czarnota over his right shoulder to put Castleton ahead 5:18 into the game.


Castleton struggled to stay out of the penalty box in the second period, taking four infractions for eight penalty minutes. The Spartan penalty kill was up to task though, killing off every chance that the Cadets had on the man-advantage.


In the third, Shelley continued to stump the Cadets, making 14 saves in the frame, but it was one shot that did him in. Bryce Currier ripped a heater from the point that Shelley turned away with his blocker, but Anthony Flaherty came streaking through the slot and dove to sweep the puck into the net  for his second goal of the season and tying the game at 1-1 with just under nine minutes left.


In the overtime period, each team had an opportunity to score, but neither could finish off a winning goal. With 23 seconds remaining the Spartans took a major penalty and played the final ticks of the game a man down. Castleton was able to clear the zone and run off the remainder of the clock without allowing a shot on goal, earning the 1-1 draw.


The Spartan special teams proved to be a key to the result. Castleton went 1-for-3 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill, combining for a 6-for-8 night.

The tie leaves Norwich at 14-5-3 and 10-3-2 in ECAC East play. They trail Babson by three points in the race for the regular season league championship. Norwich will play at Skidmore on Saturday.

Castleton moves to 10-10-3 on the season, including a 6-7-3 mark in the conference, and will return to action Saturday, when they play host to St. Michael’s.


Men’s Hockey: Altidor’s Goal Gives Purple Knights Win at Skidmore

Courtesy St. Michael’s Sports Information

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Sophomore Kevin Altidor scored 23 seconds into overtime on a power play to lift the surging Saint Michael’s College men’s ice hockey team past Skidmore College, 3-2, on Friday in the Saratoga City Rink for the Purple Knights’ first victory at Skidmore since Jan. 31, 2003.


The Purple and Gold won for the fifth time in seven games while moving to 6-15-1 overall and 3-12-1 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East. The Thoroughbreds are now 7-9-7 and 3-7-6, as each of their last 21 games has been decided by two goals or fewer.


Altidor was joined in the scoring column by sophomore Mike Schreiner nd first-year Connor Mitchell with the latter two both scoring their first college goals. Junior Dave Donzanti came within one save of his career high while making 40 stops for the visitors, who had not defeated Skidmore at any venue since Feb. 16, 2008, winning for just the second time in 14 meetings since the 2003-04 season.


Senior Dave Dupuis scored both Thoroughbred goals, while first-year Jack McDonald made 26 saves. The hosts held a 42-29 advantage in shots.


After Skidmore was unable to cash in on three straight Saint Michael’s penalties during the opening stanza, Schreiner tallied off a rebound just 32 seconds after the visitors returned to even strength for the final time. Senior Sam Torney dished off on the goal, which came at 17:48.


Dupuis knotted the contest just 1:12 into the second frame, but Mitchell put his team back in front with 7:42 gone, hitting the far corner to convert a pass from senior defenseman Kevin Lampron. However, Dupuis again found the equalizer, scoring 4:03 into the third period on a power play.


With 1:25 left in regulation, Skidmore was assessed a penalty, which eventually carried into overtime for Saint Michael’s, which possesses the seventh-best power-play unit in Division II/III (26.9%). With just 12 seconds left on the penalty, Altidor put home his 13th goal of the year at 23 seconds, tipping home first-year blue liner Stephen Inman’s shot for the winner.


Saint Michael’s returns to Vermont tomorrow when it heads to Castleton State College for a 4 p.m. game.


Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information

MIDDLEBURY – Joey Kizel tied a career-high with 30 points lifting Middlebury to an 85-64 NESCAC victory Friday evening in Pepin Gym. The Panthers (14-7, 4-3) complete the home portion of their regular season schedule Sunday afternoon when they play host to Bowdoin at 3:00 p.m., while Colby takes on Maine-Presque Isle on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

            Kizel tallied his 30 points converting career-highs in field goals made (11-17) and three-pointers made (6-8) while going 2-2 at the free throw line. In 38 minutes played, he also dished out nine assists and added five rebounds. 

Colby (12-9, 3-5) scored the first basket and grabbed its lone lead of the game 15 seconds in when Chris Hudnut rolled to the basket and dunked a pass from Connor O’Neill. Middlebury responded with a 10-2 run over the next 3:26, finished on a put-back lay-up from Jack Roberts. At the 11:51 mark, the Mules chipped away and cut the Panther edge to two at 16-14 on a three-pointer from O’Neill. The hosts utilized a 15-4 run, including seven from Kizel, over the ensuing 4:27 and held a 13-point lead, 31-18. That advantage grew to as many as 16 with 1:10 left on the first-half clock on a lay-up by James Jensen as the Panthers took a 14-point lead (44-30) into the halftime break.

Out of the intermission, the visitors scored five of the first six points and sliced the Panther advantage to 10 (45-35) with 18:17 remaining on a jumper from Patrick Stewart. Middlebury answered with an 8-2 spurt of its own via a three-pointer from Hunter Merryman and a basket and three-pointer from Kizel as the lead grew to 53-37 at the 16:18 mark. Colby again responded with an 8-3 run, capped off on a pair of charity tosses from Stewart and cut the Middlebury lead to 56-45 with 13:40 left. The hosts rattled off a 15-4 run over the 4:21 capped off by a pair of free throws from Dylan Sinnickson and held a 71-49. Colby would get no closer than a 16-point deficit the rest of the way as Middlebury cruised to the win.

In addition to Kizel’s career night, Sinnickson finished with 20 points on 7-11 shooting to go along with six rebounds. Roberts produced a nice all-around game for the Panthers with eight points, a team-high seven rebounds and a pair of blocks.

Colby was led by Stewart’s double-double of 20 points and 10 boards, while Hudnut finished with 18 points and nine caroms.

As a team, the Panthers converted a season-high 58.8 percent (10-17) shots from beyond the arc, while limiting the Mules to just 27.3 percent (6-22).


Box Score: http://cat.middlebury.edu/~sports/winter_sports/mens_basketball/archive/2013-14/COLBYM.HTM


Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information

MIDDLEBURY – Leading 37-31 at the half, Colby opened the second stanza with a 15-4 run to pull away from Middlebury for a 79-61 win at Pepin Gym. The Mules (7-15, 1-7) connected on 12-27 three-pointers, while holding the Panthers to only 2-16 from long distance. Middlebury (7-13, 1-6) returns to action on Sunday hosting Bowdoin, while Colby heads to Tufts on Valentine’s Day.


After the Panthers jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead on buckets from Scarlett Kirk and Sarah Marcus, Colby cut it to 4-3 on a three from Carylanne Wolfington at 18:57. Just over a minute later Wolfington hit another three, giving the visitors their first lead at 7-6. The Colby lead stayed within two possessions for the remainder of the half despite the sharpshooting of Wolfington, who netted 18 of her game-high 26 points in the first half.


In the final minute of the half, Kirk’s lay-up cut the Mules lead to 35-31 before Mia Diplock sank a pair of three throws for Colby, capping the first half scoring. Diplock finished the first half with 12 points, while Kirk netted nine points and grabbed eight rebounds for Middlebury.


In the decisive 15-4 run to open the second half, Wolfington and Diplock each netted five points for Colby as Brooke Chandor capped the run at 13:59, giving the visitors a 52-35 lead. The advantage grew to 18 points on a three from Diplock at 6:34 before Middlebury put a quick 6-0 run together, cutting the deficit to 67-55 with 5:32 left to play. That would be as close as the Panthers would get as Colby countered with a 7-0 run and cruised to a 79-61 NESCAC road win.


Wolfington finished with 26 points on 10-19 shooting, including 5-10 from behind the arc. Diplock netted 24 points on 7-16 shooting, while Chandor added a dozen points for Colby.


Kirk finished with a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 17 rebounds, connecting on 6-11 from the field. Marcus finished with 13 points, while Rachel Crews added 11 points on 5-10 shooting.


Box Score: http://cat.middlebury.edu/~sports/winter_sports/womens_basketball/archive/2013-14/COLBYW.HTM

Women’s College Hockey – Friday 2/7/14

Rutland – Four different Spartans scored as Castleton earned a 4-1 win over Southern Maine on Friday evening at Spartan Arena. Lisa Buratynski finished with a pair of assists as Castleton earned a program-best 12th win on the year. Paula Stephens earned the win in net for Castleton, turning away a total of 20 shots, Rachel Bombardier, Lisa Kilroy, Taylor Skelton and  Anna Daniels scored the goals in the win.

  BURRILLVILLE, R.I. – Behind three third-period goals, the Saint Michael’s College women’s ice hockey team rallied past Nichols College, 4-2, on Friday in Levy Rink. The Purple Knights, who have now earned both of their wins this season against the Bison, are 2-15-3 overall and 1-10-2 in the league, snapping an eight-game winless streak. Sophomore Naomi Major scored the first two goals of her career for Saint Michael’s, junior defender Maire Bartkus added her first of the year, and first-year Carolyn Avery found the back of the net for the first time as a collegian. Classmate Tina Frasca stopped 37 shots for her eighth 30-save outing and initial collegiate victory. It was the Purple Knights’ first win in four all-time visits to Nichols’ home rink.

MIDDLEBURY – Sara Ugalde poked home a rebound with 57 seconds left in overtime to give second-ranked Middlebury a 3-2 victory over Conn. College (8-9-3, 3-7-3) in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers (15-1-3, 10-0-3) improve their unbeaten streak to 13 games and remain unbeaten in NESCAC play. The two teams will go at it again on Saturday, with face-off set for 3:00 p.m. On Friday night
Anna Van Kula and Emily Fluke scored regulation goals and Annabelle Jones made 23 saves for the Panthers.

Stamford, CT. — The Norwich Cadets remained unbeaten in ECAC East league play, blowing open a close game with four goals in the third period on Friday night, and topping Manhattanville 5-1. Kacey Anderson’s first period goal had given the Cadets a 1-0 lead. That was the way the game stayed until the third when Vanessa Champagne buried a pair of goals and Madyson Moore and Meghan Papagno each added a marker to account for the final margin. Taylor Fairchild recorded 11 saves in backstopping the Cadets to their 13th ECAC East win in thirteen games.