BURLINGTON, Vt. – Vermont scored three power-play goals against the nation’s fifth best penalty kill unit as the 14th-ranked Catamounts defeated Providence 3-2 in front of the 52nd straight sellout crowd of 4,003 at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Friday night. Sophomore Corey Carlson (Two Harbors, Minn.), junior co-captain Torrey Mitchell (Greenfield Park, Quebec) and freshman Colin Vock (Plymouth, Mich.) each scored to lift Vermont to 15-8-4 overall and 10-4-4 in Hockey East. UVM’s seven game unbeaten streak (4-0-3) is the longest in the country and the 10 league wins already match last season’s total.
“We challenged the guys this week. We talked about how in several of our games we haven’t achieved our power play goal, “Vermont head coach Kevin Sneddon said. “I think that got us fired up a little bit. A lot of different players did a nice job for us tonight.”
Carlson gave the Catamounts a 1-0 lead at 6:45 of the first period with his eighth goal of the year on the first of three power-play tallies on the night. From inside the right circle Carlson beat Providence junior goalie Tyler Simms with a wrist shot. Freshman Brian Roloff (West Seneca, N.Y.) and sophomore Peter Lenes (Shelburne, Vt.) both assisted on the goal.
Providence (6-18-1) junior Jon Rheault tied the game at one at 12:56 of the second period. PC’s leading scorer skated in alone on Vermont junior goalie Joe Fallon (Bemidji, Minn.) and recorded his seventh goal of the year.
Vermont regained the lead with a power-play goal by Mitchell with 3:21 left in the second period. Mitchell blasted a shot from the point and the puck deflected off a Providence defender and into the net to make it 2-1. Senior co-captain Kenny Macaulay (Baddeck, Nova) and freshman Brayden Irwin (Toronto, Ontario) both assisted. The goal was Mitchell’s 11th of the season and also the 99th point of his career.
Vock gave the Catamounts a 3-1 advantage with a power-play goal with just 43 seconds remaining in the second period. Lenes fired a shot from inside the right circle and Simms made the initial save. But the rebound went into the slot and Vock hammered home the rebound for his eighth goal of the year. Senior Ryan Gunderson (Bensalem, Pa.) also assisted.
Providence senior Colin McDonald made it a 3-2 game with a shorthanded goal at 7:22 of the third period.
But the Friars would get no closer as Vermont went 3-for-9 on the power play. Meanwhile, Providence had 25 penalty-minutes and went 0-for-3 on the power-play.
Fallon made 20 saves to pick up the victory and move into a tie for third place on Vermont’s all-time win list with 45. Simms stopped 19 shots in the loss.
Vermont takes on Providence again on Saturday at 7:05pm at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The game will be televised CN8.
On Saturday at the Gut it’s Rally Catamounts Birthday sponsored by Lake Champlain Chocolates, Madhouse Muchies, Handy's Lunch, Hannaford, University Dining and Libby Corran at Coldwell Banker Hickok and Boardman. Many local mascots will be in attendance to celebrate!