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Seniors Leave Program in Capable Hands

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Bridgeport, Conn. -

UVM's Connor Brickley was one of seven seniors disappointed to see his career come to an end after Friday's 5-2 loss to Union in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

"I kind of skated slow coming off the ice, knowing that was the last time I'd be wearing a Vermont Jersey,"  Brickley said.

"It's definitely frustrating to end it like this,"  UVM senior defenseman, Nick Bruneteau said. "But, at the end of the day, we had a great year, a 20 win season, a spot in the tournament and put this program back on the map."

The Cats believed that they had as good a chance as any other team to win a national championship. However, Vermont ran into Union players convinced it's their time.

"They're the number one team in the country for a reason,"  UVM Head Coach Kevin Sneddon said.  "You have to tip your cap to them. As bad as we were at times, it was really them being that good."

The seven seniors are leaving the program in good hands. This season's talented crop of freshman are just going to get better and their taste of the NCAA tournament should leave them hungry for another shot.

"You're not a hockey player if you don't want to come back and be better than what we did,"  Sneddon said.

"We don't want to come to just enjoy it next time,"  UVM freshman forward, Mario Puskarich said.  "That was the message this time and now we'll have a couple of weeks off here and then get right back at it. We want to make a deep run in the tournament.

Where instead of being one of sixteen teams, they can be number one out of sixteen teams.

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