BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sophomore Peter Lenes (Shelburne, Vt.) and freshman Colin Vock (Plymouth, Mich.) both scored two goals as the 14th-ranked Catamounts skated past the USA Under-18 Team 7-1 in front of the 45th straight sellout crowd of 4,003 at Gutterson Fieldhouse. A total of seven Catamounts had multi-point games and freshman Mike Spillane (Bow, N.H.) and junior Jeff Hill (Cranston, R.I.) combined for 16 saves in the win. Vermont (9-5-1, 6-2-1 Hockey East) returns to action next Saturday (Dec. 16) in a non-conference game at St. Lawrence.
“I thought our guys played like it was any other game on the schedule,” Vermont head coach Kevin Sneddon said. “I thought we played 100 percent across the board. I thought our focus on defense was great. I loved our finish tonight on offense and I thought we did a nice job of executing the things we had been working on in practice. All in all it was just a really good game for us.”
Freshman Brayden Irwin (Toronto, Ontario), freshman Viktor Stålberg (Gothenburg, Sweden) and senior Art Femenella (Annandale, N.J.) also scored goals for the Catamounts.
The USA U-18 Team (17-8-3) took an early 1-0 lead at 2:12 of the first period when C.J. Severyn scored his fifth goal of the season. The Catamounts responded by scoring seven unanswered goals.
Vermont tied the game at one when Vock scored from inside the left circle at 4:38 of the first period. Freshman Brian Roloff (West Seneca, N.Y.) setup the score with a pass from the right circle. Senior assistant captain Chris Myers (South Boston, Mass.) also assisted on the play.
Lenes gave the Catamounts a 2-1 advantage just 52 seconds into the second period with a power-play goal. Lenes snapped a wrist shot from the left point past USA goalie Brad Phillips. Irwin and senior Ryan Gunderson (Bensalem, Pa.) both assisted.
Irwin made it 3-1 Vermont at 6:45 of the second period. Sophomore Corey Carlson (Two Harbors, Minn.) fed Irwin in the slot during a 2-on-1 for the goal. Stålberg also picked up an assist.
Vermont took a 4-1 lead just 67 seconds into the third period on the second goal of the game by Lenes. Junior co-captain Torrey Mitchell (Greenfield Park, Quebec) and sophomore Dean Strong (Mississauga, Ontario) both assisted.
Stålberg, Vock and Femenella also added third period goals.
Spillane made 11 saves and Hill made five stops in 15:10 of work. The Catamounts outshot USA 24-17.
GAME NOTES: Tonight’s game featured the fourth annual Teddy Bear Toss sponsored by Vermont Teddy Bear during the second intermission. The men's hockey team will deliver the bears to children at Fletcher Allen Health Care and to local nursing homes during the holidays … Vermont women’s hockey coach Tim Bothwell served as the color analyst on the WVMT AM-620 broadcast … Freshmen Patrick Cullity and Colin Vock had a plus-3 rating in the win.