RECAP: #6 UVM (M) 5, #11 Maine 0 (Cats lead 1-0)

Well, that was fun.

3-0 up after one, Lekkas playing his best since the Belpot, and two from Liam Coughlin who hadn’t scored since October 22 at Omaha. And we moved up to 16th in the Pairwise, meaning WE’RE BACK IN THE HUNT. All without leading scorer Ross Colton, who’s out with a wrist injury.

First goal’s a tip, Ori with the shot, Coughlin tips it. Coughlin did real well tonight using that big frame of his. Also, that was his first goal at the Gutt. As a sophomore forward. All 3 of his goals last season plus the goal against Omaha came on the road.

Second one’s a bit more lucky, Black Bear defender Stephen Cochrane loses it in his skates, Coughlin converts on a partial breakaway. 2-0, and the Gutt is going wild.

Third goal coming with 49 seconds to go. Shaw with a lovely drop pass and Puffer with a laser of a shot. It’s 3-0 and this one looks done…except for our D having been shaky lately.

Never fear. They block a motherlode of shots and the ones they don’t block Lekkas stops. There was one outrageous sequence where Lekkas made two or three saves and then was out of position and Abramson went down for the block. Words cannot describe how much Ori was missed while he was hurt.

And then the fourth comes, and Coughlin plays a role again. Bradley gains the line, sends a cross ice pass to Massie. Coughlin cuts to the side of the net, drawing a Maine player out of the play. Rob McGovern stops Massie’s shot but Bradley buries the rebound into an empty net. 4-0.

And then the final goal is also a rebound, great passing between Puskarich and Bowen. Bowen’s centering pass is tipped on goal by a Maine defender but Mario buries the rebound. 5-0. Game finally done.

The Vermont Hockey Blog Three Stars of the Game

  1. Stefanos Lekkas (UVM) – FINALLY we see the Lekkas of October and November. Showed his composure with a shutout. Won a Clark Cup in the USHL, can he do it again in Hockey East?
  2. Liam Coughlin (UVM) – Probably his best game as a Catamount.
  3. Ori Abramson (UVM) – Quietly one of the best players last night, bringing a physical edge and blocking shots while contributing an assist.

Cats go for the kill tonight.

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