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Vermont rallies to tie, BC 3-3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vermont Sports Network   
Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Source: USCHO.com

 BURLINGTON, Vt. (Oct. 21) — The Vermont Catamounts erased two Boston College two-goal leads, scoring two in the third period en route to a 3-3 tie in the Hockey East opener for both teams at Gutterson Fieldhouse Sunday.

The fourth-ranked Eagles led 2-0 late in the second and 3-1 with 17:31 left in the third, but junior Peter Lenes sparked a rally and sophomore Jay Anctil tied the game late in the period, giving UVM a well-earned league point.

 “I’m so pleased on several different fronts,” said Vermont head coach Kevin Sneddon, “I mean, obviously, the resiliency of our team to be down two goals twice, we’ve seen our team get down in the past. I liked our attitude on the bench. I liked the fact that we were positive and believed that we could come back against a tremendous team and then to go out there and do it.

“I thought we were night-and-day from last weekend against Miami [losing twice] ,” Sneddon said. “Every time something happened bad tonight, we responded very well.”

Lenes (one goal, one assist) and Dean Strong (one goal, one assist) had multiple-point games for the Cats, while Brian Gibbons (one goal, one assist), Ben Smith (one goal, one assist) and Joe Whitney (two assists) did the same for the Eagles.

Just over nine minutes into his first collegiate game, UVM top-line right wing Wahsontiio Stacey hit a BC skater from behind into the left-wing corner boards, setting up a five-minute power play for the Eagles.

The BC power play peppered the Vermont end, but the Cats’ penalty kill, ranked in the top-five nationally for most of last season, along with senior goaltender Joe Fallon, stopped all six shots.

“We had some good chances, we were unable to put one up on the board, there,” said BC head coach Jerry York. “I would’ve liked to get one earlier like that.”

“That really sparked us,” said Sneddon of the penalty kill. “Coming in, I think, their power play was clicking around 22, 23 percent … and for us to weather that storm in our own building, really gave us confidence.”

BC junior Nathan Gerbe nearly beat Fallon (30 saves) from the left circle with four minutes left in the period hitting the post, one of two posts the Eagles rang in the opening frame.

Sophomore Ben Smith’s goal to open the scoring came at 15:47 of the second from the top of the slot. Freshman Whitney found Smith with a pass from the left wing for the 1-0 lead.

Less than three minutes later, while on a power play, Gibbons converted a backdoor feed from Kyle Kucharski at 18:09.

Skating 6-on-5 as a delayed penalty was called, Strong spun in the left circle, beating BC goaltender John Muse (22 saves) short side. Medvec and Lenes assisted the goal.

“I think, really, the momentum builder was Dean’s goal,” said Lenes. “We were down 2-0, and going into the third was huge for us. So, that helped lift us.”

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