HAMILTON, N.Y. – Three players tallied multi-goal games to lead Colgate past Vermont in the Catamounts’ season opener Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y. Colgate moves to 2-0 on the year, while Vermont falls to 0-1.
The sophomores led the way for Vermont, as Nick Bartlett, John Everett and Blake Pendleton each tallied one goal apiece. Everett’s score was the first of his collegiate career. Ryan Walsh of Colgate led all scorers with four points on two goals and two assists.
The Raiders tallied five goals in the first period, including two on man-up opportunities to jump out to an early advantage. Walsh, the team’s leading scorer, picked up a tally with just under two minutes in the quarter to push the lead to five.
Bartlett got the Catamounts on the board with an unassisted goal at the 8:36 mark of the second period. The Raiders tallied the final three scores of the half to take an 8-1 advantage into the third period.
Vermont notched the first score of the second half, as Pendleton registered his first goal of the season with 11 minutes to play in the third quarter to cut Colgate’s lead to 8-2.
Colgate outscored Vermont 4-1 in the final period, as Kevin Boyle and Brendon McCann each picked up their second goals of the season. Everett tallied the lone score for UVM in the stanza, with Patrick Clark picking up an assist on the play.
Justin Rosenberg played all 60 minutes in net for UVM and stopped eight shots. Brandon Burke made nine saves to earn the win in goal for Colgate.
“Colgate is a good team and they jumped out on us. I thought we had some jitters but turned it around. We really struggled in the faceoff circle, which gave them a lot of possessions and limited ours. We saw some good things, but certainly saw some things that will require some attention this week,” commented head coach Ryan Curtis.
Vermont welcomes Providence to Burlington for its home opener on Saturday (Feb. 22) at 1 p.m.