BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Vermont Catamounts erased a one-goal Husky lead and took a 3-1 win and weekend sweep over the 12th-ranked Northeastern Huskies (17-12-3, 10-11-1 HEA) on Senior Night presented by the UVM Alumni Association Saturday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
"Words cannot express my gratitude to the fans for providing a great weekend for our team," said head coach Kevin Sneddon. "Our seniors deserve this moment and I am beyond thrilled the weekend ended this way. One more to go!"
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Matt Filipe scored the evening's first goal at 1:22 of the second period, finding a Riley Hughes rebound and sneaking a shot through Stefanos Lekkas.
- Bryce Misley evened the score at 1-1 just 58 seconds after Northeastern's tally. Ace Cowans saw multiple chances turned aside by a sprawling Craig Pantano before Misley fought through traffic in the slot and buried the loose puck into the open net. Cowans and Bouquot assisted on the goal.
- Misley's second of the game at 14:54 of the second gave Vermont a 2-1 lead. Alex Esposito centered a pass from the right corner and Misley knocked it down before firing a quick shot under Pantano. William Lemay picked up the secondary assist on the goal.
- Derek Lodermeier scored his second goal in as many nights at 12:31 of the third to push Vermont's lead to 3-1. Jacques Bouquot carried the puck down the left side of the Husky zone before centering a pass to a crashing Lodermeier, who calmly flipped the puck over Pantano.
- Northeastern pulled Pantano late in the third looking for a pair of goals, but a comeback bid ended when Zach Solow picked up a cross-checking minor and 10-minute misconduct at 18:51 of the frame.
- The six members of the Class of 2020 were honored prior to puck drop. Matt Alvaro, Thomas Beretta, Stefanos Lekkas, Derek Lodermeier, Corey Moriarty, and Matt O'Donnell all played in their final game at Gutterson Fieldhouse and will graduate in May.
- Lekkas finished the game with 22 saves to bring his career total to 3,869. He currently sits seventh in NCAA history.
- Misley's two goal night marked the first multi-goal performance of his career. It was the third multi-point effort of his career.
- With the victory, the Cats Win, Community Wins campaign and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group will donate $100 to a Vermont charity, bringing the 2020 total to 37 wins totaling $3,700. A special thank you to Vermont Mutual Insurance for their support, protecting Vermonters since 1828.
Vermont closes the 2019-20 season with a single game at eighth-ranked UMass (19-11-2, 12-8-2 HEA) this Thursday (Mar. 5). The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. at the Mullins Center.