At a glance: Providence, UMass, Air Force and Vermont in the Catamount Cup

Mike Paliotta and Vermont host the Catamount Cup starting Sunday (photo: Melissa Wade).

Here’s some info on the Catamount Cup:

The details

Where: Gutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vt.

Sunday’s schedule: No. 16 Providence (9-6-1) vs. Massachusetts (4-12), 4 p.m. EST; Air Force (5-10-2) vs. No. 10 Vermont (13-3-1), 7 p.m.

Monday’s schedule: Air Force vs. Massachusetts, 4 p.m. EST; No. 16 Providence vs. No. 10 Vermont, 7 p.m.

Notes to know

Providence coach Nate Leaman captured his 200th victory as a head coach in the Friars’ 4-3 win over No. 13 Colgate to close out the first half. Ironically, the win was the first time in 11 contests that Providence has allowed more than two goals.

Massachusetts has lost four straight, most recently an 8-3 thumping at the hands of Northeastern. The Minutemen surrendered five power-play goals. On the brighter side, redshirt sophomore Frank Vatrano provided two of UMass’ tallies, his team-leading eighth and ninth goals of the year.

Air Force finds itself in unfamiliar territory — struggling to score goals and in ninth place in Atlantic Hockey. The Falcons came within 30 seconds of defeating North Dakota earlier in the season, but also lost to Alabama-Huntsville so it’s anyone’s guess which team will show up in Vermont. The pressure’s on for the top line of Cole Gunner (6-12–18), Scott Holm (7-6–13) and Chad Demers (4-9–13) to produce.

Through 17 games, Vermont carries a record of 13-3-1, its best start since 1987-88, when John LeClair was a freshman. UVM leads the nation with a 1.53 GAA and 93.7 percent penalty kill rate, while riding a six-game winning streak.

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