UNH vs. Vermont: Thank you sir, may I have another
The first real test for the UNH Wildcats came in the form of the University of Vermont Catamounts. It was hardly a test however, as UNH demolished UVM 7-1 with an awesome display of skill, patience, composure, discipline and obviously, scoring.
The first period was full of missed scoring opportunities for UNH, but that was not all bad. In the past, scoring opportunities were few and far between for UNH and this year they are bountiful. So even in not finishing, UNH was making headway. UNH goalie Matt Carney again saw few shots, but continued to display a simple approach to netminding. Carney made great decisions, didn’t get too fancy and played an all around solid game, leaving the UNH defense free to push the puck up ice. The whole UNH team continued to work hard and make things happen in the period. David Busch breaking away, losing the puck then flipping it in front to a streaking Sean Collins, Mick Mounsey blindly passing the puck while being ridden like a rodeo mule, to Josh Prudden alone in front, Justin Aikens breaking away but dragged down to nullify a great opportunity, all scenes not familiar to UNH hockey until recently. While the period ended 0-0, UNH had to have been feeling something stirring inside, because in the second period eyes would be opened.
In the span of five minutes UNH put Vermont’s collective tail between their legs with three goals. The scoring opportunities were much the same as in the first period, but the difference, much like Read more»
The Calder Corner
Begin: 1 Goal, 2 Shots
Ference: 1 Assist, -1, 1 Shot
Erat: 1 Assist, 1 Shot
Dagenais: 1 goal, -1, 1 Shot
Jillson: 1 Assist, -1, 1 Shot
Varlamov: 1 goal, 2 shots
Rycroft: 1 Assist
Ruutu: 2 Assists, 2 Shots, +2
As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!
Shrugging off the fatigue of playing their fifth game (and fourth consecutive road game) in seven days, the Philadelphia Phantoms knocked off the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks by a 4-1 count.
The Phantoms led for most of the way, with a Mark Greig powerplay goal at 5:23 of the first period setting the pace. Vaclav Pletka and Bruno St. Jacques got the assists.
Cincinnati temporarily got the equalizer early in the second period, as a Dwayne Zinger shot deflected off the skate of Phantoms defenseman Brad Tiley.
The Phantoms soon got a lucky bounce of their own, as a attemped return feed from John Slaney to Tomas Divisek deflected off a Mighty Ducks defender into the net.
Slaney scored a more conventional goal in the last minute of the second period, ripping a shot past Ducks goalie Jason Elliot.
Midway through the third period, Guillaume Lefebvre’s second goal of the season, assisted by Slaney and Kirby Law, gave the Phantoms an extra insurance goal.
Phantoms goalie Neil Little made the lead stand up. The Phantoms were outshot 16-5 in the third period and 38-21 overall.
There were a few lineup changes for the Phantoms. Coach John Stevens dressed seven defensemen. Jason Beckett played his first game of the season, while defenseman Dan Peters and center Petr Hubacek were scratches.
The Phantoms are now off until next Friday, when they rematch with Cincinnati at the Spectrum.