The UVM men's hockey team opens its season with a pair of exhibition games this Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at Gutterson. Before the first puck is dropped, it is already a historic season for the Cats. Can it be a successful one? Scott Fleishman takes a look.
Anyone on the Cats will tell you, there's nothing that beats being the 50th team in school history.
"It's exciting and to be able to be apart of it," senior forward Chris McCarthy said. "It's going to be something special and hopefully we can make the most out of this season
But beating opponents is the name of the game. This returning core of Cats learned to do that late last season, earning points in 7 of 10 games down the stretch.
We're just going to take the confidence that we had from last year and for the returning forwards, defenseman and especially Brody, we're just going to run with it," senior forward Connor Brickley said.
"We ended the year on a good note," sophomore goaltender Brody Hoffman said. "Just everyone's got confidence and a good mentality right now and we want to carry that into the start of the season."
Now the goal is for those 19 returning players to spread the word to the 11 new comers.
"The combination of experience senior leadership and upper classmen mixed with this youthful enthusiasm and enhanced talent in this class could be a great combination," coach Kevin Sneddon said. "We're excited about it."
With Notre Dame joining Hockey East, the conference schedule goes from 27 to 20 games, meaning there's no longer any wiggle room.
"This is playoff time, right when the season starts. You can't wait until 15 games in," McCarthy said.
"You know I think our guys are well aware of that. They know what's at stake and we've got to get off to a good start," Sneddon said."
"We're out there to prove a message this year that every time we put that sweater on we're representing UVM hockey to its utmost ability," Brinkley said.
Setting a gold standard for a team that's already apart of history. In Burlington, Scott Fleishman, Channel 3 Sports.
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