(Photo Courtesy of Vermont Athletics)
The Vermont Catamounts earned their first win of the season on Wednesday evening when they took down the Penn State Nittany Lions 16-10 on the road in State College.
Vermont sprinted out to 4-0 lead in the first and held control for the majority of the game, in part thanks to a 70% (21-for-30) performance from Tommy Burke at the faceoff dot.
After falling behind 9-5 at the half despite some short-lived offensive spurts, Penn State was able to find some real sustained momentum in the third quarter as they rattled off four straight from the 11:11 mark through the 4:29 mark, cutting the Catamounts lead to two (11-9). However, a Brock Haley score and man-up goal from Jonathan McConvey assisted by Haley ended the quarter and put to rest any momentum the Nittany Lions may had hoped to carry into the final period of play.
The Catamounts pushed ahead even more in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Nittany Lions 3-1 to put things to bed.
Vermont held Penn State to just 31 shots on the game as the Nittany Lions never took double-digit shots in any of the four quarters of play. Vermont took 67 shots. Additionally, Vermont won the ground ball battle 36-27. Each team had 16 turnovers with six of the Nittany Lions’ being caused while seven of the Catamounts’ were caused.
Liam Limoges led the Catamount offense with five goals while Brock Haley also had five points off two goals and three assists. Ryan Cornell made 10 saves in cage.
Dan Reaume had four goals to lead Penn State. Aleric Fyock made 15 saves in cage, 12 of which came in the first half (7 in second quarter).
LaCalandra, Mark Lead LIU Past Quinnipiac
Despite going just 9-for-23 at the faceoff dot, being outshot 34-44, and seemingly not having the possession advantage for most of the game, the LIU Sharks came out on top 12-7 over the Quinnipiac Bobcats in an 11am contest on Wednesday.
Quinnipiac tied things up at 5-5 at the 7:42 mark in the third and then again at 6-6 with 2:32 remaining in the period. That would be the last time the Bobcats had any momentum in this gam as the Sharks rattled off six consecutive goals from the 30 second mark in the third through the 6:52 point in the fourth quarter. Quinnipiac got one late on a man-up goal from Will Abbott to break the drought but could get nothing more. LIU put the cherry on top with an easy goal from James Butler with less than a minute left.
Three of those LIU goals during that game-ending 7-1 run came from the reigning NEC Offensive Player of the Year Richie LaCalandra. The attackman came into the game with just three assists through two contests but ended the day with seven points (3G/4A) to lead all scorers. Will Mark anchored the Sharks’ defense with a 19-save performance. Six of those saves came during that big late-game run as the Sharks’ defense held the Bobcats to just one goal and eight shots in the final 15:30 of the game.
Will Abbott led the Quinnipiac offense with four points off two goals and two assists. Demitri George went 14-for-23 (60%) at the faceoff dot.
Late-Run Lifts Manhattan Past VMI
In a game that saw five ties from the opening whistle through the final buzzer, it was a late-game run that pushed the Manhattan Jaspers past the VMI Keydets in a 14-10 victory that marks the first win of the season for the Jaspers.
After the Keydets tied things up at 10-10 with 6:56 remaining in the final frame, Manhattan answered with four straight of their own from the 5:08 mark through the 29-second mark in regulation to close things out and secure the victory. That game-winning run was the second large run of the game for the Jaspers as they also scored five consecutive goals from late in the second through early in the third to get ahead 10-7 after trailing 7-5 with three minutes left in the first half.
Kyle Gucwa had five points off four goals and one assist to lead the way for the Manhattan offense. Sean MacKinney (3G/2A) and Liam Walshe (2G/3A) also had five points in the contest. Brendan Krebs made seven saves.
VMI saw Scout Ripley led the way with four goals and one assist for five points while Hartley Jordan had four points off two goals and two assists. Diego Markie went 10-for-16 (62%) at the faceoff dot and Jack Liselli made 14 saves (six in the first quarter).