BOSTON - William Lemay notched his first career game-winning goal 2:30 into overtime to lift Vermont to a 2-1 win over Boston University in Hockey East action Friday night from Agganis Arena. Sophomore goaltender Gabe Carriere made 41 saves in net for the Catamounts. Vermont's win was their first over the Terriers since 2016.
"Outstanding total team effort tonight starting with Gabe Carriere," Head Coach Todd Woodcroft said. "Our first period was slow and we looked sluggish for the first third of the game. However, in the second and third periods we got close to the playoff identity that we are trying to build. Our defensive game was impressive and we didn't stray from our mission which was to frustrate BU as much as possible through our work ethic. Great performance from Gabe Carriere and kudos to Timofei Spitserov for scoring his first NCAA goal."
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After coming out strong in the first period and outshooting UVM 14-3 the Terriers were rewarded with the first goal of the contest with 3:48 left in the opening frame. Matt Brown wrapped around the back of the Vermont net before finding Robert Mastrosimone alone on the door step with a tape-to-tape pass. Mastrosimone was able to tap home his seventh goal of the season before Carriere or UVM's defense could respond.
- Just 2:07 into the second period San Jose Sharks draft pick Timofei Spitserov chose the perfect time for his first collegiate goal. With traffic in front of BU's Drew Commesso Spitserov picked the top corner with a wrist shot from the slot. Spitserov's first was assisted by Luke Mountain and Simon Jellus.
- After the Spitserov tally the Terriers maintained pressure on the Catamounts but Carriere was up to the task. Over the final two periods BU outshot Vermont 28-15 but couldn't solve the sophomore goaltender again.
- 1:03 into overtime BU's Jay O'Brien almost won the game for the Terriers. He made a Vermont defender miss in the slot and skated in alone on Carriere. Carriere moved laterally and denied the chance to give UVM a chance for the game-winner.
- Dallas Comeau setup the game-winner with a well-placed wrist shot that Commesso had to blocker aside, the rebound bounced in front of the net and Lemay beat BU's Mastrosimone to the puck and tapped it home for UVM's second overtime winner of the season. Robbie Stucker also earned an assist on the game-winner.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- The Catamounts blocked 17 shots Friday evening. Junior captain Andrew Lucas led the way with six blocked shots.
- Friday was the second time this season Gabe Carriere has made 40 or more saves in net for the Catamounts.
- This year with each goal scored by UVM, Community Bank, N.A. will donate $75 to Special Olympics Vermont. With tonight's two goals, Community Bank, N.A. will be adding a donation of $150 to Special Olympics Vermont. Thank you Community Bank, N.A. for your support of our UVM and Special Olympics athletes!
- With tonight's win, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group will donate $100 to COTS, the Committee on Temporary Shelter, as part of the Cats Win, Community Wins initiative. A special thank you to Vermont Mutual Insurance for their support. Vermont Mutual Insurance, protecting Vermonters since 1828.
Vermont will complete its stretch of three games in five days tomorrow afternoon as they conclude their season-series with Boston University at 4 p.m. The voice of the Catamounts, Adam LaFleur, will broadcast the action live on WVMT (FM 96.3 / AM 620). Live streaming will be available through CollegeSportsLive.