Nov. 23, 2008

Courtesy of Vermont

BOSTON - Vermont accomplished something that no team had done in 16 years - sweep a weekend series at Boston University.

Junior Mike Spillane (Bow, N.H.) made 32 saves and senior assistant captain Corey Carlson (Two Harbors, Minn.) scored the game-winning goal at 8:07 of the third period to lift No. 15 Vermont to a 4-3 victory against No. 2 Boston University in front of a crowd of 5,209 at Agganis Arena on Saturday night. UVM won a pair of one-goal games at BU on the weekend, both by the score of 4-3, to improve to 7-3-2 (4-3-1 HEA) on the season. The Terriers dropped to 7-4-0 (4-4-0 HEA).

Maine was the last team to win on consecutive days at Boston University, doing so on Nov. 20 and 21, 1992 at Walter Brown Arena. The Black Bears went 41-1-2 that season on their way to winning the national championship.

"We played a tremendous team here at Agganis Arena this weekend," Vermont head coach Kevin Sneddon said. "For our program to come away with two wins here is certainly a testament to our student-athletes, who played their hearts out for six periods of hockey. As a coach I'm very proud of them."

Junior Viktor Stålberg (Gothenburg, Sweden) scored shorthanded while sophomores Dan Lawson (Oak Forest, Ill.) and Justin Milo (Edina, Minn.) added power-play goals. The Catamounts went 2-for-3 on the power play and have scored 10 power-play goals in the last six games, going 10-for-31 on the man advantage in that stretch.

Seniors Chris Higgins and Brandon Yip scored at even strength for the Terriers. Freshman Chris Connolly added a shorthanded tally. Freshman Kieran Millan made 28 saves in the loss.

After Higgins scored for BU, Stålberg skated in shorthanded and notched his fifth goal of the season at 12:20 of the opening period to tie the score at one. Junior Colin Vock (Detroit, Mich.) and sophomore Josh Burrows (Prairie Grove, Ill.) each assisted for the Catamounts, who are 15-4 in one goal games dating back to the start of last season.

With just 60 seconds remaining in the first, Lawson put Vermont in front 2-1 with a wrister from the top of the slot on the power play. Senior captain Dean Strong (Mississauga, Ont.) and Carlson setup the goal. Strong's assist was his ninth of the season and the 92nd point of his career.

The Catamounts took a 3-1 advantage 1:18 into the second period on Milo's team leading sixth goal of the season. Milo scored on his own rebound in the low slot on the power play. Stålberg and junior Brian Roloff (West Seneca, N.Y.) both assisted.

Connolly cut the deficit to 3-2 for the Terriers with a shorthanded strike at the right post at 13:13 of the second.

Then Yip tied the game just 73 seconds into the final period. Spillane tried to stick the puck to the corner on a dump in but Yip redirected the puck in midair at the right post for his seventh career goal against the Catamounts.

Vermont responded with Carlson's goal from the right circle at 8:07 of the third to go ahead for good.

"Lawson and Carlson made a pretty nice play there," Sneddon said. "The shot went through traffic and I'm not sure the goaltender saw it."

BU went on the power play with 2:33 remaining and pulled Millan from goal for a 6-on-4. Spillane made 13 saves in the final period, including several in the last minute. Colin Wilson had the best opportunities for BU, but was denied at the bottom of the right circle with 33 seconds left and his one-timer from the right circle was turned away with 17 seconds remaining.

The Catamounts went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and held the Terriers to just three shots on the man advantage. The Terriers entered the game with the nation's No. 1 ranked power-play unit (25-percent).

No. 15 Vermont returns to action on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at No. 16 Massachusetts. The game will be televised on CN8.

NOTES: Vermont is 7-6-3 against Boston U. since joining Hockey East ... The Catamounts are 3-3-1 against ranked teams this season ... Seven of Vermont's 12 games have come against teams ranked seventh or higher at the time of the meeting ... UVM is 68-3-11 in its last 82 games under Kevin Sneddon when leading after two periods ... The Catamounts didn't win their seventh game last season until Feb. 3 ... Viktor Stålberg had a team-high five shots and registered the eighth multi-point game of his career.
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