Freshman Viktor Stålberg scores two goals for Catamounts

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Vermont freshman Viktor Stålberg (Gothenburg, Sweden) recorded two goals less than 15 seconds apart in the third period and junior co-captain Torrey Mitchell (Greenfield Park, Quebec) had three assists to lead the Catamounts (2-4-1) to a 5-2 win over the University of Ottawa in front of the 41st straight sellout of 4,003 at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon. Junior Jeff Hill (Cranston, R.I.) made six saves in goal in 31:10 of action to pick up the win.

“I thought we were very good at times and certainly looked like we didn’t have a lot of rest at times,” Vermont head coach Kevin Sneddon said. “Ottawa was in the same boat; they played two road games and give their team a lot of credit for battling as hard as they did for 60 minutes. I saw some very good things out there.”

Senior Dan Owens (Clinton, N.Y.), sophomore Dean Strong (Mississauga, Ontario) and junior Mark Lutz (Stevens Point, Wis.) also added goals for Vermont. Freshman goalie Mike Spillane (Bow, N.H.) entered the game in the second period and made four stops.

Owens gave Vermont a 1-0 lead with a great individual effort at the right circle when he flicked a wrist shot top shelf past Ottawa goalie Martin Bricault at 14:52 of the first period.

The Gee-Gees tied the game at one less than 60 seconds later on a goal by defenseman James Smith. Forward Pierre-andre LeBlanc working from behind the net found an open Smith in front and he put the puck past Hill for the score.

Vermont regained the lead at 16:49 of the period when Strong recorded a goal. Stålberg setup the score with a terrific pass to make it 2-1 in favor of the Catamounts. Mitchell also assisted on the play.

With the Catamounts leading 2-1 and on the power play, Lutz blasted a shot from the point and found the back of the net at 12:44 of the second period. Freshman Colin Vock (Plymouth, Mich.) and Strong both assisted on the play that made it 3-1 UVM.

Ottawa would make it a 3-2 game with just 18 seconds to go in the third period on a goal by Nick Vernelli.

Then in the third period Stålberg scored twice just 12 seconds apart. The first goal coming at 12:22 of the period as senior co-captain Kenny Macaulay (Baddeck, Nova Scotia) and Mitchell each earned an assist. That made the score 4-2 Vermont.

Stålberg struck again at 12:34 on a feed from Mitchell to make it 5-2 Catamounts.

Vermont out shot Ottawa 38-12 and went 1-for-6 on the power play.

The Catamounts travel to Providence next Friday to take on the Friars at 7:00pm at Schneider Arena. Last season Vermont went 2-0-1 against Providence.

GAME NOTES … Former Vermont goalie Andrew Allen ‘01 is part of the University of Ottawa coaching staff … Allen was a guest on the flagship station for Vermont hockey on WVMT-AM 620 during the second intermission.