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One Game Down, Good To Go.

Thursday, October 9th

BURLINGTON, VT -- The Mike Spillane era got underway this past Sunday as the UVM men's hockey team picked up a 3-2 exhibition win over McGill University at Gutterson.

After spending two seasons in the shadows of record setting goalie Joe Fallon, Spillane, a junior, made 17 saves and earned the victory in his first game as the Cats unquestioned top netminder.

"It was obviously nice to get the win.", said Spillane. "I just tried to go out and give the team a chance to win and I was pleased with that. I felt very focused. That's pretty much the game plan every night. You can't control how many goals go in the net for us, so you just try to keep them out as best you can and hope for the best."

In what coach Kevin Sneddon pointed out as a key moment for Spillane, McGill had a breakaway late in the third with Vermont up one and Spillane made the save. Sneddon even referred to it as a changing of the guard moment for his goaltender.

"I was almost happy he was put in that situation.", said Sneddon. "He's faced a lot of questions from the media, I have faced a lot of questions from the media, regarding our goaltending position. I think that was almost the confidence boost that he needed to just be able to say, 'OK, I'm going to be fine, I can do this.' Certainly he gave his teammates a ton of confidence."

Vermont plays its regular season opener Saturday afternoon at 4pm against RPI in Quebec City.

--- Mike McCune

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