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IceCats ready for NCAA Tournament

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The UVM men's hockey team is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years. Vermont taking on Union in the East Regional Semifinals tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Bridgeport, Conn. The Cats lost in the first round in their last trip to the Big Dance in 2010, but the year before that, Vermont made it all the way to the Frozen Four.

Their journey began in Webster Bank Arena, who could forget the regional final here against Air Force. Dan Lawson's shot in double overtime going through the back of the net, the teams kept playing for what seemed like an eternity. Finally the refs were able to review the play and give Lawson the game-winning goal. With the 2014 Cats taking the ice here, Coach Kevin Sneddon had some flashbacks to that night and this venue.

"I checked the nets, I checked the nets," Sneddon said. "Wayne walked me through it. He assured me we are all set. It's great to be back here in Bridgeport. Very fond memories the last time we were here, not just on the winning side of things, but the fans."

"We know it's going to be a great crowd. I think our guys felt great coming off the bus yesterday and coming into a great arena, almost what's like to be in front of a full crowd."

As the Cats got on the bus to come down here, the Green Mountain battalion presented the team with a battle coin, a symbol that the Cats aren't just representing UVM but all of Vermont.

In Bridgeport, Scott Fleishman Channel 3 Sports.

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