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New Hampshire Squeaks by Vermont in OT, 5-4

Third-Period Collapse Mars UVM Return to Ice

— New Hampshire came back from a 4-2 deficit midway through the third period to stun Vermont, 5-4 in overtime on Saturday.

A Garrett Stafford shot from the point deflected off Matt Swain in front and into the net for the game-winner. The finish ruined what would have been a storybook season opener for UVM, which cancelled its season last year because of a hazing scandal.

“Anytime you go into Gutterson Fieldhouse, it’s tough, especially tonight with all the emotion they had here,” said UNH coach Dick Umile. “A lot of good things happened and we were fortunate to win it. The guys stayed with it and found a way to win the game.”

At 10:16 of the third, Jim Abbott started the comeback with an unassisted, shorthanded goal to narrow the gap to 4-3. Abbott picked defenseman Thomas Hajek’s pocket at the offensive blue line, broke in all alone, deked goaltender Andrew Allen and put it high into the net.

Two minutes later, top scorer Darren Haydar picked off another turnover at the blue line, made a multitude of fakes on Allen, but this time the netminder made the big stop.

The Wildcats (2-0-1) tied the game at 18:11 on the power play. With the UVM penalty running down and time running out, the UNH man advantage moved the puck from down low to Abbott at the point. He one-timed it to Lanny Gare at the right side of the net and the sophomore tipped it in.

Another Vermont (0-1) penalty at 18:43 drew the ire of the Gutterson crowd, but this time New Hampshire could not capitalize. At the 2:18 mark of overtime, however, Stafford’s shot into a cluster of players in front caromed off Swain and the Wildcats had escaped with a win.

“We kind of shot ourselves in the foot,” said UVM coach Mike Gilligan. “It wasn’t that [UNH] took the game from us. It was that we gave it up.”

The game saw an abnormal number of major momentum shifts.

New Hampshire grabbed a 1-0 lead just 1:50 into the game. Jeff Haydar tipped a Kevin Truelson shot from the point and David Busch put in the rebound.

Later in that same shift, Busch had a glittering opportunity to deliver another blow, breaking in all alone on Allen. Busch’s shot, however, went over the net.

Having dodged that bullet, the Catamounts changed the momentum seconds later when J.F. Gamelin took the puck off a UNH stick, broke in on UNH netminder Ty Conklin and roofed a backhander over Conklin’s shoulder. It was Gamelin’s first collegiate goal, coming in the sophomore’s 14th game.

UNH held a territorial edge over the rest of the period, finishing with a 14-6 shot advantage, but could not convert that to an advantage on the scoreboard.

The tide turned the Catamounts’ way in the second and they almost delivered the knockout punch.

At 3:09, Andreas Moberg, one of the ECAC’s top offensive defenseman, walked in unmolested from the point and fired point blank. Conklin made the stop, but Moberg knocked in the rebound.

Vermont took a 3-1 lead at 8:33 on a J.F. Caudron unassisted goal. Jeff Miles intercepted a UNH pass at center ice and after a scrum, Caudron carried it into the zone, got a half step on Stafford, cut in and stuffed it around Conklin.

Less than a minute later, the biggest momentum shift of the game developed. Bryson Busniuk appeared to have staked Vermont to a 4-1 lead, but the potentially back-breaking goal was waved off because it had been illegally put into the net, apparently gloved in by Busniuk.

Just 29 seconds after the scoreboard had almost read in Vermont’s favor, 4-1, Darren Haydar scored a huge tide-turner, roofing it far side to narrow the gap to 3-2.

“That was a big swing,” said Gilligan. “It would have been tough for them to come back from [4-1].”

Umile seconded Gilligan’s assessment of the key 29-second interval and, in particular, Haydar’s strike to the UVM heart.

“That was a huge goal,” said Umile. “Anytime you get within one, you get them back on their heels.”

The momentum appeared to have been lost, however, when Catamount freshman Jeff Miles scored his first goal at 1:13 on the power play. Caudron controlled the puck, circling behind the net. When Miles got his stick on the puck in the slot, he buried the chance for the 4-2 lead.

What appeared to be a safe lead, however, turned out to be anything but.

Prior to the game, Vermont’s 1969-70 ECAC Division II Championship team was honored.

Truelson suffered a chest contusion and head injury on a big hit along the boards. Early indications are that he will be out for 10 days.

Next weekend, New Hampshire hosts Lake Superior State and Miami while Vermont travels to Boston University.

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  • Everyone hates the Gophers

    Stop the madness! There is only one person who is even in this race…Miele.Schmell….or anyone else for that matter….are all in second place!! Frattin is a complete hockey player…not JUST a goal scorer. He is a larger version of Oshie and with a better shot. Even Barry Melrose (who is God in hockey) says Frattin is the best player in college hockey. All you jokers can stop posting now, it’s Frattin and then a bunch of runner-ups…..lol. Man, just think of it…Hobey and a national championship in the same year…whoa baby……lmao…:)

  • Get real

    if it was determined by the most points Gustav Nyquist from Maine would have won it last year. Character comes into play and getting arrested certainly does not improve the odds.

  • Littlered007

    I think the hobey over the last 10 years has become a joke!!! It should never be judged on goals….. Reason being,”its a hell of alot harder to scrore a goal in the WCHA”. If you don’t think this your a tard!!!! Frattin has a great story in his young life. And will no doubt be a pretty good NHL player. No matter if he wins or not you have the give the guy alot of credit for finding out what is important in his life.He worked hard to get back what he messed up. He was a kid that was drunk and threw a couch in the street at 3 in the morning and got caught. Most of us in life have done much worse and not got caught!!!! As far as Miele, I think he will win the hobey.. I do not agree with him winning! He is a taleted player with one weekeness..If he gets rocked, he get off his game. With this said, Miele will win the hobey then play for a NHL farm team and be done with hockey in 5 years.. Frattin will be in a starting NHL lineup for 10 to 15 years… So who is really winning here.. LMAO!!!!!

  • Blonerman

    No one else in the field comes close to his skills, and you know it.

  • Tystreit23

    Frattin will win the Hobey Baker award, especially with his play in the WCHA championship and the double OT goal to win it for North Dakota

  • Jbetcher

    It’s one of the greatest stories ever of a player screwing up, straightening out and being given another chance.

  • Larry Dingleman

    frattin is the man. shows he can party at the top off the ice. and absolutley dominate on the ice. FER DA BOYS

  • Frattin will win the Hobey

    karl Largen…that is seriously the worst comment i’ve ever seen. Come up with something better than that…….How can you disagree? He plays in the toughest conference in the country…and leads the Nation in goals. He throws is weight around like he doesn’t even care if he kills himself…i’ve seen him rock people….who would be close in this race??

  • holttd

    except that Miele had 3 goals and 3 assists this past weekend and Frattin only had 2 goals and 1 assist.

  • Jbetcher

    That’s the problem with the Hoby. The obvious choice dosn’t always get the award. It’s losing it’s meaning as far as I’m concerned.

  • sparty2007

    have you seen miele play at all this year? i’ve seen both and miele is much more skilled than frattin. if you dont believe me, this might help you:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XgyDjE0it8

  • Packers_fan28

    clearly you haven’t seen miele play at all this year. if you are talking about pure skill then no one comes close to miele. the guy is a better version of nathan gerbe. oh yeah, and he hasnt been arrested. better player on the ice and off it.

  • holttd

    the obvious choice is the guy with 14 more points in 3 fewer games.

  • Suture1

    I watched the video. What I saw was some very bad defensemen on some very weak teams. Miele is talented, no doubt about it. But, I am telling you, he is not the player Frattin is. Miele might have slightly better stick handling skills but as an OVERALL hockey player there is simply nobody in Frattin’s league. I think you would have to see him play through the year to get a true idea of how awesome of player he really is. Miele might make a nice video but when it comes to winning hockey games for your team there is nobody in Frattin’s class. Barry Melrose knows hockey fairly well I think most of us would agree and he sees Frattin as the best hockey player in the college ranks. I am serious, there is nobody that can play with Frattin game in and game out through a season. I won’t get into whose conference is better and al that jack….but I think the WCHA doesn’t take a backseat to any conference. Frattin has tore up the WCHA this year and that is making quite a statement.

  • Anonymous

    Miele has a great view of the game and great stick handling skills… difference being that UND has depth and doesn’t place all our goal scorers on 1 line… Frattin can hit like no other, play the defensive side of the puck, and score goals against teams that don’t look like a bunch of cones standing around on the ice. No doubt both him and Frattin will be in the Hat Trick… but Frattin could have taken the easy road out…. but didn’t and has come back as THE best college hockey player in the league on the #1 ranked team and in the best college hockey conference.

  • Rvanwey

    Not the obvious choice…. Its just just how many points scored, it’s when and how those points were scored. Its about two way play, its about the players ability to adapt and make plays happen. It’s about being the best player on the ice no matter when… Who has come up bigger for their team???

  • Frattin will win the Hobey

    Ya…Against Crappier Competition……

  • Frattin will win the Hobey

    Miele is great player…no doubt about it. He’s no Frattin. Take Miele out of the CCHA and put him in the WCHA…..he wouldn’t come close to Frattin. WCHA is a Physical League…this guy would get his T*!* Lit Up! See You at the Frozen Four.

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