After an exciting first period of hockey from UVM, energy levels seemed to drop as the University of New Hampshire proceeded to dominate the play. Vermont drew first blood with an even sided goal by senior, Jack Downing. That score that would go unanswered for ten minutes before UNH responded with two of their own, in short order.
Starting the second period down by two, UVM’s confidence against their eighth seeded guests diminished as errors led to numerous turnovers. Despite having two power plays, which overlapped at one point providing 19 seconds of 5-on–3 play, UVM failed to put points on the board.
Junior Rob Madore, who was recently named Hockey East’s Defensive Player of the Year, was Vermont’s shining star. With 29 saves, the goalie held Vermont’s best chance for holding off the overwhelming play of New Hampshire. However, down by three in the third period, Madore was pulled, allowing an empty net goal by UNH’s Phil DeSimone.
Moments later, during a UVM power play, Madore was pulled once again. A short sided, open net, goal by Conor Hardowa put the nail in UVM’s coffin.
With one game left in the weekend series, UVM can be expected to bring their A-game tomorrow night. Their 6-1 loss did not cost them any points in the Hockey East standings, but with the season drawing to a close, the pressure is on for the Catamounts to produce.