Jan. 23, 2009

Courtesy of Vermont

VERMONT MEN'S HOCKEY NOTEBOOK
The seventh-ranked University of Vermont men's hockey team (13-5-3, 8-4-2 HEA) hosts Massachusetts (10-10-2, 5-6-2 HEA) on Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in a two-game series at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Both games can be heard live on the flagship station for UVM hockey on WVMT-AM 620 and on the Internet on SportsJuice.com starting with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m. Video streaming is available on a pay-per-view basis for both games on UVMathletics.com via B2 Networks.

STORY LINES
-No. 7 Vermont (13-5-3, 8-4-2 HEA) is 9-2-1 in its last 12 games and is on pace for a fifth consecutive winning season in 2008-09. The Catamounts have never gone five straight years with a winning record at the Division I level. Vermont enters this weekend at 87-64-15 since the start of the 2004-05 season. The 87 wins are closing in on Vermont's best-ever five-year stretch at the Division I level. The Catamounts won 95 games from 1992-97.

-Vermont picked up a weekend split at No. 3 Northeastern at Matthews Arena last weekend. The Catamounts dropped a 3-1 decision to the Huskies on Friday and responded with a 4-2 victory on Saturday. Junior Viktor Stålberg had three goals and four points on the weekend on his way to being named the Hockey East Player of the Week. Stålberg had a team-high 10 shots on Saturday and the Catamounts posted a season best 40 shots in the 4-2 victory. Freshman goalie Rob Madore stopped 46 of 50 shots in the weekend split and didn't allow an even strength goal. He was named to the Hockey East Weekly Honor Roll for a team leading sixth time this season and is now 7-3-2 on the year.

-Vermont's power play has recorded at least one goal in seven straight games and ranks first in Hockey East (23.5%) and third in the nation (21.8%). UVM's 24 power-play goals in 2008-09 have already surpassed last season's total of 20. Last year the Catamounts ranked just 51st out of 59 Division I teams on the power play. Viktor Stålberg leads the team with six power-play goals and ranks tied for first among Hockey East players. Stålberg leads the team and ranks second among Hockey East players in power-play points with 13 (6g, 7a).

-The Catamounts won this year's first meeting with UMass 3-2 in overtime in come-from-behind fashion at the Mullins Center on Nov. 25. Viktor Stålberg scored the tying goal with 56 seconds left in regulation and Peter Lenes notched the game winner with 23 seconds remaining in overtime. Vermont had gone winless in 60 straight games when trailing after two periods prior to the victory.

VOTE FOR LENES AND STALBERG FOR 2009 HOBEY BAKER AWARD | Hobey Baker Website
Senior assistant captain Peter Lenes and junior Viktor Stålberg have been named nominees for the 2009 Hobey Baker Award. The Hobey Baker Award is given annually to college hockey's top player. The first phase of fan balloting has begun and will run through March 8, 2009. Phase two of the fan balloting will begin on March 20 from a list of 10 Hobey Baker finalists. Fans can vote by visiting the Hobey Baker website: hobeybaker.com. Click on the Vote for Hobey Baker icon and follow the prompts to make your selection from this year's outstanding crop of college hockey players. The 2009 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists on Friday, April 10, 2009 during the NCAA Frozen Four Championships in Washington, D.C. The 29th annual award announcement honoring college hockey's top player will be televised live during prime time on ESPNU.

STALBERG ON INCH HOBEY TRACKER | INCH Hobey Tracker
Viktor Stålberg checks in at No. 4 on the Hobey Baker Tracker on InsideCollegeHockey.com this week. Here's what INCH is saying about Stålberg:
"The Catamounts, who enter the week trailing second-place Boston University by one point in the Hockey East standings with one game in hand, have gone as Stalberg has gone. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Swede has 11-11-22 in his last 15 games - he's scored a point in all but one of those matches and enters this weekend's series against UMass with a five-game goal streak. Not surprisingly, UVM is 11-3-1 during that span. With 13 league contests and an indeterminate number of playoff games remaining, Stalberg this season could very well equal the 38 points he scored in his freshman and sophomore campaigns combined."

VOTE FOR VERMONT'S TOP HOCKEY EAST MOMENT | CLICK HERE to vote.
As part of Hockey East's 25th Anniversary celebration this season, the University of Vermont will select its top Hockey East moment since the Catamounts entered the association in 2005-06. Fans will select from eight moments via an online ballot on www.UVMathletics.com or HockeyEastOnline.com. "Vermont's Top Hockey East Moment" will be announced on Feb. 7 at Gutterson Fieldhouse when the Catamounts host Providence at 7:05 p.m. Vermont will celebrate Hockey East's 25th Anniversary that night with several special promotions.

POLL POSITION | USA Today/USA Hockey Poll | USCHO.com Poll | INCH Rankings | PairWise Rankings | KRACH Ratings
Vermont is ranked seventh in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Poll and USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Poll released this week. The Catamounts were ranked seventh in the USA Today Poll last week and moved up one spot in the USCHO.com Poll. Vermont also checks in at No. 6 in the latest Inside College Hockey Power Rankings. The Catamounts are tied for fifth in the most recent PairWise Ratings. The PairWise is used by the NCAA to select and seed teams for the NCAA Tournament. According to the KRACH Ratings (Ken's Ratings For American College Hockey) the Catamounts have played the No. 1 strength of schedule in the country. Vermont is 6-4-2 against ranked opponents this season.

SCOUTING MASSACHUSETTS | UMass Website
UMass is 10-10-2 (5-6-2 HEA) following a 4-3 win at UMass-Lowell on Saturday ... The Minutemen are 3-5-2 against ranked opponents this season and earned their second ever win against a No. 1 ranked team with a 5-1 victory over Boston University on Nov. 14 ... UMass advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2007 and posted a program best 21-13-5 mark that season ... Sophomore James Marcou, a Hobey Baker Award nominee, ranks first on the team and is tied for fourth in Hockey East in scoring with eight goals and 25 points ... Senior Cory Quirk has played in 133 games in his career and leads all active UMass players in career scoring with 93 points (39g, 54a) ... Senior Chris Davis has a team leading four power-play goals ... Sophomore Paul Dainton and junior Dan Meyers have split time in net this season. Dainton is 7-5-0 with a 2.17 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. Meyers is 3-5-2 with a 2.45 goals against average and a .919 save percentage ... UMass ranks tied for 14th in the country on the penalty kill (.875) ... Head coach Don Cahoon is in his ninth season at UMass and has a 123-156-30 record.

SERIES HISTORY
Vermont leads the all-time series against UMass 30-11-5. The Catamounts are 18-4-2 all-time at Gutterson Fieldhouse against the Minutemen. Vermont is 6-3-1 against UMass since joining Hockey East.

VERSUS MASSACHUSETTS
UVM leaders against UMass
Dean Strong - 10GP/4G-6A-10P
Viktor Stålberg - 7GP/3G-5A-8P
Corey Carlson - 10GP/1G-6A-7P
Peter Lenes - 10GP/3G-3A-6P
Colin Vock - 7GP/2G-4A-6P
Mike Spillane - 1GP/1-0-0, 4.00 GAA, .852 sv%

SWEDISH ROCKET
Junior Viktor Stålberg leads the team in goals (13) and he is tied for the team lead in points (24). His 13 goals rank ninth in the country and third best among Hockey East players. His 24 points are tied for fifth most among Hockey East players. Through 14 Hockey East contests, Stålberg leads the league in scoring with 18 points. His 10 goals in Hockey East play are tied for the league lead. He also has a team leading six power-play goals and his five power-play goals in Hockey East play are tied for the league lead. Stålberg also leads Vermont in power-play points (13), short-handed goals (1), short-handed points (2) and shots (83).

STREAKING
Viktor Stålberg has recorded at least one point in a career best 11 straight games and 14 of the last 15 contests. He has nine goals and 17 points in his current 11-game scoring streak. He also has recorded a goal in five straight games. Stålberg has seven multi-point games on the season.

LENES TIED FOR TEAM LEAD IN SCORING
Senior Peter Lenes is tied for the team in scoring with 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points. His 24 points are tied for fifth among Hockey East players. His 10 goals are tied for sixth best among Hockey East players and his 14 assists are tied for seventh best. Lenes has recorded at least one point in 15 of 21 games this season.

STRONG NAMED CANDIDATE FOR LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Senior captain Dean Strong has been selected as a candidate for the 2008-09 Lowe's Senior CLASS Men's Hockey Award. A total of 20 men's hockey players were named candidates for the award that is presented annually to a NCAA Division I student-athlete in nine sports. The award is based on criteria focusing on the "Four C's" of classroom, character, community and competition.

Strong has played in all 137 games in his career and has recorded 32 goals and 68 assists for 100 points. He became the 41st Catamount to reach 100 points with two assists in a 4-2 win against No. 9 Boston College on Jan. 10.

This season Strong ranks tied for third on the team in scoring with two goals and 15 assists for 17 points. Last season he led the team in scoring with 28 points (8g, 20a) and was named runner-up for Best Defensive Forward in Hockey East. He is one of three Hockey East players to be named a candidate for this year's Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

An agricultural and resource economics major, Strong has earned a spot on the Hockey East All-Academic Team in each of the last two seasons.

From the list of 20 men's hockey nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award by early February 2009. Those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote that will include coaches, media and fans. The award winner will be announced and recognized at the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four in Washington, D.C.

CENTURY MARK
Senior captain Dean Strong has 100 points (32g, 68a) in 137 games in his career. Strong has played in every game in his career and became the 41st Catamount to reach 100 points with a pair of assists in a 4-2 win against No. 9 Boston College on Jan. 10. Torrey Mitchell '07, who now plays in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks, was the last Catamount prior to Strong to reach 100 points. Mitchell reached the milestone during the 2006-07 season.

STRONG NUMBERS
Vermont is 46-14-14 in games that senior captain Dean Strong has recorded at least one point during his career. Conversely UVM is 20-36-7 in games when Strong does not record at least one point. Strong has 100 points in his career and ranks first on the team in assists this season with 15. His 15 assists rank tied for fifth among Hockey East players.

TOUGH DRAW
Dean Strong is 81-for-123 on face offs (66%) in the last six games. He has won a team best 54-percent of his draws this season and has won close to 55-percent of his face offs in his career. Brian Roloff has won 53-percent of his face offs this season to rank second on the team.

ON A ROLL
Junior Brian Roloff has recorded at least one point in 10 of the last 13 games. He has four goals and 12 points in that stretch. He ranks tied for third on the team in scoring with six goals and 17 points on the season. Roloff's 13 points in 14 Hockey East games rank tied for ninth best in the league. His 10 power-play points are tied for fourth most among Hockey East players. Roloff also has taken just one minor penalty in 21 games this season.

ROLOFF'S GOAL MAKES ESPN SPORTSCENTER TOP PLAYS
Brian Roloff scored the tying goal with one second remaining in a 3-3 tie against No. 9 Boston College on Jan. 9 in a game televised on NESN. ESPN's SportsCenter ranked Roloff's goal No. 9 on its Top-10 Plays that night.

MOVING IN ON 100
Vermont head coach Kevin Sneddon is 96-86-29 in his six seasons with the Catamounts and is moving in on 100 wins. Sneddon has 146 wins in his 11 seasons as a head coach.

THREE AMIGOS
Jack Downing, Justin Milo and Wahsontiio Stacey have combined for seven goals and 16 points in the last six games since being united on a line together on Jan. 2 in the opening round of the Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup.

NOT JOSHING AROUND
Sophomore defenseman Josh Burrows leads the team in plus-minus with a plus-11 rating. He also ranks second on the team in defenseman scoring with two goals and seven points. His 16 career points is tops among UVM's active defenseman.

POWER-PLAY PUNCH
Vermont has nine power-play goals in the last six games and ranks third in the country (.218) on the man advantage and first in Hockey East (.235). The Catamounts have recorded at least one power-play goal in seven straight games. UVM's 24 power-play goals in 2008-09 have already surpassed last season's total of 20. Last year the Catamounts ranked just 51st out of 59 Division I teams on the power play. Viktor Stålberg leads the team with six power-play goals and his five power-play goals in Hockey East play are tied for the league lead. Stålberg leads the team and ranks second among Hockey East players in power-play points with 13 (6g, 7a).

MORE MILO
Sophomore Justin Milo is third on the team in goals (8) and he ranks tied for 12th among Hockey East players in goal scoring. Milo has three game-winning goals on the year, to go along with a shootout winner against No. 4 Miami on Oct. 18 as well as two-goal games against Rensselaer in Quebec City (Oct. 11) and Colgate (Jan. 2) in the Catamount Cup. His three game-winning goals rank tied for sixth most in the nation. Milo's 10 power-play points rank tied for fourth among Hockey East players and his four power-play goals are tied for sixth best. Milo also plays for the UVM baseball team and led the Catamounts in batting average, hits, runs, slugging, RBI and tied for the team lead in home runs last spring. Milo was also named to the America East All-Conference Second Team and was named to the All-New England First-Team.