The UVM men's hockey team went the distance with UMass Lowell over the weekend in the Hockey east quarterfinals. Despite a thrilling overtime win Saturday to even the series at a game apiece, The Cats couldn't pull off the upset and will now have to wait to see if their season is over.
"It's a really tough feeling," said an emotional UVM head coach Kevin Sneddon. "Let's hope we get to play."
While coach Sneddon isn't sure if his team will play again this season, he is certain that the Cats gave it everything they had over the weekend in Lowell.
"That was one of the best college hockey series that I've been involved with," Sneddon said. "It was really just a game of inches for three straight days."
Vermont was outplayed in the first periods of the first two games, but managed to get the first goal. Sunday, Lowell once again controlled the tempo in the opening 20 minutes, but this time, the Riverhawks had two goals to show for it.
"The difference may have been a bounce of the puck here or there," Sneddon said. "We're fighting to find energy and unfortunately they were just a little bit better than we were."
So now the big question for UVM is, will it make the NCAA tournament? One sign that is not good for the Cats is seeing low seeds like Notre Dame, knocking out top seeds like Boston College in conference's like Hockey East.
"That's a hard thing to go into the lockeroom when your seniors are teary eyed looking at maybe their last game, but you want to be the optimist and say hey let's keep our fingers crossed," Sneddon said.
The Cats left Lowell tired and disappointed, but a selection on Sunday can change that. If not Kevin Sneddon will have to go from coach to consoler.
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