Men’s Preview: #14 UNH @ UVM

Well, last weekend sucked, and six games in my hopes for this season have gone from “top 5 and a possible NCAA berth” to “get through the Octofinals.” It’s time for a bounceback, and there’s no better team to bounce back against than a twin state rival who definitely is not good this year and will be a bottom 3 team in conference play, as I predicted in my preview…Wait, they’re 5-1-0 including a sweep of Lowell? …well that was unexpected. Turns out Max Glidon (6 goals and 7 points) is one heckuva defenseman, and Charlie Kelleher (6 assists and 7 points) is taking after his brother quite well. Danny Tirone (.932 SV%) has also been competent in goal for the first time in a couple years.

Three Things to Look Out For:

  1. Home Cooking. UVM were 13-6-1 at Gutterson Fieldhouse last year, and being back at home after some tough road Ls could help improve the team’s morale.
  2. The Second Period. UNH does most of their damage in the middle frame, outscoring opponents 14-4 in the second. UVM’s been even in the second, but outshot horribly in the frame on average (74-44). This is going to be key this weekend.
  3. Will the real Tirone Please Stand Up? He’s gotten off to a flying start this season, but four of his starts came against teams that were bottom-5 offensively last season (Colgate and Colorado College). Is this the real Tirone, or is he a paper tiger?

Game is Saturday on CatamounTV.

Go Cat(amount)s.

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