Nov. 20, 2008

The 15th-ranked University of Vermont men's hockey team (5-3-2, 2-3-1 HEA) visits No. 2 Boston University (7-2-0, 4-2-0 HEA) on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Agganis Arena. Both games can be heard live on the flagship station for UVM hockey on WVMT-AM 620 and on the Internet on beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the pre-game show. Video streaming is available on a pay-per-view basis for each game via BU All-Access at

-No. 15 Vermont (5-3-2, 2-3-1 HEA) begins a stretch of four consecutive Hockey East games in a span of eight days starting with Friday's match-up with No. 2 Boston University (7-2-0, 4-2-0 HEA). All of Vermont's losses this season have come against teams ranked in the top-5 of the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll (No. 2 Boston University, No. 4 Boston College and No. 5 Northeastern). The Catamounts also have a win and a tie against No. 7 Miami, who sits in first place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) standings.

-The Catamounts skated to a 2-1 victory against Merrimack on Sunday at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Junior Mike Spillane stopped 24 of 25 shots while junior Brian Roloff and sophomore Josh Burrows both scored goals in the win. Roloff, who had two goals and three points on the weekend, and Spillane were each named to the Hockey East Weekly Honor Roll for their performances. It was the second time being named to the honor roll for both players this season. Vermont took a season low three penalties in the win and went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill while going 1-for-4 on the power play. The Warriors entered the contest coming off strong back-to-back performances as they had tied defending national champion Boston College, 5-5, and defeated Massachusetts 3-1.

-Senior assistant captain Peter Lenes has recorded at least one point in nine of 10 games this season and he has a team-high 13 points (3g, 10a). Lenes ranks tied for fourth among Hockey East players in scoring and his 10 assists are tied for 12th most in the country. Lenes is tied for the team lead in plus-minus with a plus-5 rating.

-The Catamounts have six power-play goals in the last four games and have gone 6-for-23 on the man advantage in that stretch. Junior Viktor Stålberg ranks tied for first in Hockey East with three power-play goals in six league games. Stålberg is tied for fourth in Hockey East play in power-play points with four. Only No. 4 Boston College has scored more power-play goals (12) than Vermont (8) in Hockey East games so far this season.

POLL POSITION | College Sports Poll | USA Today Poll
Vermont is ranked 15th in the latest College Sports Poll released this week. The Catamounts are also receiving votes in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.

No. 2 Boston University is 7-2-0 (4-2-0 HEA) following a 3-0 win over No. 5 Northeastern on Sunday ... The Terriers are unbeaten in 11 straight games at Agganis Arena following the win ... BU ranks second in the country in scoring offense (4.11) and first nationally on the power play (13/55) ... Sophomore Colin Wilson, the seventh overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft by Nashville, ranks tied for the team lead and is 12th nationally in scoring with five goals and 13 points in nine games ... Sophomore Nick Bonino also has 13 points (5g, 8a) ... Sophomore Colby Cohen leads all BU defensemen in scoring with eight points (1g, 7a) ... Freshmen goalies Kieran Millan and Grant Rollheiser have split time in goal for the Terriers ... Millan is 5-0-0 with a 1.80 goals against average and a .918 save percentage while Rollheiser is 2-2-0 with a 2.27 goals against average and a .895 save percentage ... BU has outscored its opponents 15-6 in the third period ... The Terriers have 13 NHL Draft Picks on the roster as well as senior Matt Gilroy, who will be one of the most sought out free agents following the season ... BU has four NCAA championships, 30 NCAA Tournament appearances and six Hockey East Tournament titles ... Head coach Jack Parker is 788-408-97 in 36 years at BU.

Vermont is 5-6-3 against Boston U. since joining Hockey East. Eight of the 14 meetings have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie. The Terriers lead the all-time series against the Catamounts 33-16-6. BU is 18-7-2 against UVM all-time at home.

Boston University defeated Vermont, 7-2, at Gutterson Fieldhouse on Nov. 1. The Terriers scored four power-play goals in the win and sophomore Colin Wilson scored twice. Peter Lenes and Viktor Stålberg both scored goals in the loss for the Catamounts. There was a total of 25 penalties in the game.

UVM leaders versus Boston University:
Dean Strong: 14 GP/1G-9A-10P
Peter Lenes: 13 GP/4G-5A-9P
Viktor Stålberg: 11 GP/4g-48-8P
Corey Carlson: 13 GP/5G-1A-6P
Colin Vock: 11 GP/3G-3A-6P

Juniors Brian Roloff and Viktor Stålberg have combined for five goals and nine points in the last five games since being united on a line together on Nov. 2. Roloff has four goals in six Hockey East games to rank tied for third in the league in goals. Stålberg is tied for 12th in the conference in scoring with six points (3g, 3a) in six league games.

Senior captain Dean Strong has 91 points (30g, 61a) in 126 games in his career. Strong has played in every game in his career and is just nine points shy of becoming the 41st Catamount to reach the 100-point mark. Torrey Mitchell '07, who now plays in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks, was the last Catamount to reach 100 points and did so in the 2006-07 season.

Vermont is 42-13-13 in games that senior captain Dean Strong has recorded at least one point during his career. Conversely UVM is 16-35-7 in games when Strong does not record at least one point. Strong has 91 points in his career and ranks second on the team in scoring this season with eight assists.

Sophomore Justin Milo leads the team in goals (5) and he is fourth on the team in plus-minus (+2). Milo has two game-winning goals on the year, to go along with a shootout winner against Miami on Oct. 18 and a two-goal game against Rensselaer in Quebec City. His two game-winning goals rank tied for fourth most in the nation. 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.

Vermont is 13-4 in one-goal games dating back to the start of last season following a 2-1 victory over Merrimack on Nov. 16. Two of those losses came in overtime and the other one-goal losses were at No. 4 Miami (L, 2-1, Oct. 12, 2007) and at No. 3 Boston College (L, 3-2, Oct. 24, 2008). This season Vermont is 3-1 in one-goal games. Since 2004-05 the Catamounts are 34-21 in one-goal games under head coach Kevin Sneddon.