Men’s Hockey: UVM Drops Home Opener to Maine 2-1

Courtesy Vermont Sports Information

BURLINGTON –– Maine’s Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup talled the first and last goals of the night to lift the Maine Black Bears (4-2-0, 1-1-0 HEAM) to their first Hockey East win of the season over the Vermont Catamounts (1-2-0, 0-1-0 HEAM) on Rally Against Cancer Night presented by Inspired Closets.

“I didn’t think we played well tonight to be honest with you,” head coach Kevin Sneddon said. “I want to credit Maine; I thought they were better at a game we should have played; they were stronger on pucks, won more battles, and won more races.”

Schmidt-Svejstrup opened the scoring at 14:32 of the first period. The Black Bears won an offensive zone faceoff to the right of Stefanos Lekkas (30 saves) and Tim Doherty found Schmidt-Svejstrup open in the slot, where he tallied his third goal of the season.
Joey Cipollone tied the game at 1-1 with 14:48 to play in the third period. The sophomore batted a rebound from Andrew Lucas past Maine goalie Jeremy Swayman (31 saves) from the right hash mark. William Lemay assisted on the goal with Lucas.
Schmidt-Svejstrup scored his second goal of the game on the power play with 6:21 left to play in the third period. Levi Kleiboer and Emil Westerlund assisted on the eventual game-winning goal.
The Catamounts pulled Lekkas with 1:20 to play in a last effort to tie the game at 2-2. However, Maine held on defensively for the 2-1 conference win.

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Transfer Thomas Beretta made his Catamount debut against the Black Bears. He finished the game with one shot on goal.
Lemay recorded his first collegiate point with the assist on Cipollone’s goal.

Vermont returns to the road to take on ninth-ranked Quinnipiac on Sunday (Oct. 27) in Hamden, Connecticut. The puck is scheduled to drop at 2 p.m. at Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena. The voice of the Catamounts, Michael Lehr, will have the call locally on WVMT and through