After combining for only ten wins last season, the Vermont Men's and Women's hockey teams are ready to put last year in the past and move forward to the 2012-2013 season. Men's head coach Kevin Sneddon and first-year Women's head coach Jim Plumer were on hand for media today at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Both coaches focused their comments on the season ahead.
The men are coming off the worst season of coach Kevin Sneddon's nine year Catamount career. Six wins overall, just three in conference play and a last place finish in Hockey East. It marked the third straight year the program had won fewer games than the year before it. Vermont scored the fewest and gave up the most goals in the conference. Over the past few seasons, coach Sneddon has tried to employ a more wide open style, but while he says the team still needs to play aggressive on offense, looking back at what happened last year led Sneddon and the Cats to determine it was time to get back to basics.
The UVM women's program is entering a new era. After a successful nine year career at Amherst, Jim Plumer moves up from Division Three and will make his debut as a D-1 head coach this season with the Cats. The Vermont women are coming off a four win season and have never won more than five league games in their seven seasons since joining Hockey East and have yet to qualify for the postseason as a Division One program. Today, Plumer, while praising the attitude and energy of his players, also acknowledged that the road ahead will be a tough one.
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