Wednesday, October 9th
BURLINGTON, VT -- It's been a long time coming for Justin Milo.
The sophomore forward for the UVM men's hockey team played in his first game in over a year and a half on Sunday in Vermont's exhibition win over McGill.
Milo is a transfer from Cornell, and in accordance with NCAA rules, had to sit out last season. Milo was allowed to practice with the team last year, but was not allowed to play in any games.
All that time away from the action left Milo a little anxious heading into Sunday's game.
"It was pretty crazy.", said Milo. "I was pretty nervous before the game, getting in my head a little too much, thinking about how it was going to go. Once I got out there for that first shift everything went back to norman. It was tough watching and sitting out for a full year, but the guys really supported my and once I got out there I felt great."
And Milo performaned, scoring Vermont's first goal in an eventual 3-2 win. His performance came as no surprise to head coach Kevin Sneddon.
"I thought he played sensational for us in his first game as a Catamount.", said Sneddon. "Obviously it was nice for him to score his first goal in green and gold. Although it doesn't count in the stats for the NCAA, I still think it's a weight lifted off you shoulder. If you can do that in your first game that's nice to have. He's going to be a great player for us."
The Cats open the season this Saturday when they take on RPI in Quebec City.
--- Mike McCune
PO Box 4508