No. 14 Vermont vs. No. 1 Boston College | Feb. 14-15, 2014, 7:05 p.m.
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VERMONT MEN'S HOCKEY NOTEBOOK
The 14th-ranked Vermont men's hockey team returns home to Gutterson Fieldhouse this weekend for the first time since Jan. 4 as it hosts top-ranked Boston College. Both games of the pivotal two-game Hockey East series on Friday (Feb. 14) and Saturday (Feb. 15) are sold out. Pre-game radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. both nights on WVMT 620-AM and Sportsjuice.com
with Alastair Ingram
on the call. Live high definition video is also available for free via CatamounTV.com
SKATING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER | Pink Jersey Auction
Vermont will wear special pink jerseys for the first game of the series on Friday as part of the Hockey East Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer initiative. The team's game-worn pink jerseys are being auctioned off now at auction.uvmathletics.com
with bids starting at $100 per jersey.
Entering its eighth season, the Hockey East Skating Strides program has raised over $230,000 for various breast cancer charities across the league. Locally, the money raised from Friday's game at Gutterson Fieldhouse will be donated to the Vermont Cancer Center.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. Pink paper skates will be on sale for $1 and will be hung in the Hockey Hall of Honor. Pink carnations courtesy of Claussen's Florist & Greenhouse will also be on sale for $2, with all proceeds benefiting the Vermont Cancer Center.
Friday is The Bagel Place Night at Gutterson, while Xfinity and City Sports will have tables in the main lobby on Saturday night. The UVM Student Government Association will also host a winter hat giveaway for all students on Saturday.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES | Website
Boston College won its fifth straight Beanpot title on Monday night in Boston with a 4-1 win over Northeastern at TD Garden. The Eagles haven't lost since Nov. 29, and they enter the weekend with a 15-game unbeaten streak and an eight-game winning streak. Jerry York is in his 20th year as the head coach at BC and is just 10 wins shy of 500 in his tenure with the program.
Junior Johnny Gaudreau leads the nation in scoring this season with 58 points on 25 goals and 33 assists. Gaudreau's linemates Kevin Hayes (48 points) and Bill Arnold (42 points) are second and fourth in the country respectively in points per game. Freshman goaltender Thatcher Demko has started 14 games, posting a 11-1-2 record with a 1.77 goals against average and .935 save percentage.
This weekend marks the 51st and 52nd all-time meetings between Vermont and Boston College. The Catamounts are trying to snap a nine-game winless streak in the series, as their last victory over the Eagles came in a 5-3 win at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Nov. 13, 2010. Dating back to 2007, Vermont is 5-3-3 in the last 11 meetings between the two schools in Burlington and 8-10-5 all-time at home against BC.
LAST FRIDAY: VERMONT 5, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2
UVM's top line of Brendan Bradley
, Chris McCarthy
, and Mario Puskarich
combined for three goals and five assists as the Catamounts skated past the Wildcats 5-2 to open the series. Vermont netted a pair of goals in 42 seconds in the first period, followed by two in the span of 18 seconds in the third. Both teams went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Mike Santaguida
stopped 26 shots for his ninth career victory between the pipes.
LAST SATURDAY: VERMONT 2, NEW HAMPSHIRE 1
and Mario Puskarich
netted second period goals less than three minutes apart, and Mike Santaguida
stopped 28 shots as Vermont held on for the weekend sweep. Santaguida ran his personal winning streak to four games and collected the 10th win of his rookie campaign. Vermont held a 30-29 shot advantage, including a 25-15 edge in the first 40 minutes. Chris McCarthy
and Brendan Bradley
both grabbed an assist as each player registered a four-point weekend.
TOP LINE LEADS THE WAY
Vermont's top line of Bradley, McCarthy, and Puskarich began playing together nine games ago on Jan. 4 against Yale. Since then, the line has posted at least one point in all nine contests, combining for 37 points on 17 goals and 20 assists. Last weekend, the trio combined for four goals and seven assists for 11 points, including an eight point outing on Friday.
McCARTHY HITS 100-POINT PLATEAU
With a first period assist last Friday night at UNH, Chris McCarthy
became the 42nd player in program history to reach the 100 career point mark. The senior leads all active Catamounts in goals (42) and assists (61). He ranks ninth in Hockey East in scoring with a team-high 31 points, which matches his career high set last season. In his last nine games, the co-captain has posted 15 points.
HONOR ROLL FOR PUSKARICH
has been named the Hockey East Rookie of the Week four times since Dec. 16. The freshman is tied for fifth in the country in rookie scoring with 26 points and leads all Hockey East freshmen with 13 goals. The forward also paces NCAA rookies in scoring since Christmas with 15 points and has at least one goal in six of his last seven contests. Puskarich is tied for fifth in the league with 103 shots on goal this year, including 28 in his last six games.
PALIOTTA SETTING CAREER PACE
Mike Paliotta is tied for fifth in Hockey East scoring among defensemen with a career-high 19 points in 27 games. The junior also ranks 16th in the nation in scoring from the blue line. All but one of Paliotta's total points have come in Vermont's last 18 contests, when the Catamounts have gone 12-4-2. The Chicago Blackhawks' draft pick is second on the team in helpers and third in scoring.
SANTA SETS UP SHOP
was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Week on Monday as the Ontario native stopped 54 of 57 shots at UNH for a .947 save percentage. Santaguida, who has shared time this season with Brody Hoffman
in net, made his first back-to-back starts in the same weekend since Nov. 1-2 vs. Notre Dame. He has won each of his last four starts, posting a .939 SV% in that span.
Vermont hasn't been out-shot in its last 11 games dating back to Dec. 28 and is averaging nearly 37 shots per game in that span. Mario Puskarich
(103) and Chris McCarthy
(99) both rank top-10 in Hockey East in shots on goal, combining for 57 shots in their last six games. UVM has been held under 10 shots in just four periods over that stretch.
Vermont's penalty kill ranks fourth in the country at 87.5 percent. UVM has not allowed a 5-on-4 power play goal in 11 of its last 15 games. Six of the 15 power play goals allowed by Vermont this year have come on 5-on-3's. The kill sits at 60-for-67 (89.6 percent) during Hockey East play through 14 contests, which is the second best mark in the league behind only Boston College.
WHO'S NEXT | Schedule
Next weekend, the Catamounts hit the road for a two-game Hockey East series against Merrimack at Lawler Arena on Friday (Feb. 21) and Saturday (Feb. 22) at 7 p.m. Both games can be heard live on WVMT 620-AM and SportsJuice.com, and Saturday's game will be televised live on Fox College Sports Atlantic and WBIN.