Cats continue comeback trend

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The UVM men’s hockey team reiterated one of its biggest strengths in recent seasons when it rebounded to beat Boston College on Sunday. Under coach Kevin Sneddon, the Catamounts have shown a remarkable — and consistent — ability to rebound immediately from poor performances.

Want statistical proof? Over the last three seasons, Vermont has lost the first game of a weekend series 12 times. On 10 of those weekends, the Catamounts rebounded to win the second game.

And even some of  Vermont’s most humbling losses in recent memory have been answered:

  • In November of the 2007, Boston University routed Vermont 9-1 at Gutterson Fieldhouse in a Friday night game. The next night, the Cats came back from a 3-1 deficit to score a 5-4 victory.
  • Early last season, BU skated away from the Gut with a 7-2 victory in a Saturday night game. The next afternoon, the Cats traveled to Hanover, N.H., and topped Dartmouth 3-2 on Justin Milo’s goal in overtime (and, a couple of weeks later, they swept a pair of 4-3 at BU).
  • And this weekend, UVM scored Sunday’s 3-2 victory came the afternoon after BC ran off six unanswered goals in a 7-1 blowout. It was an espeically big win for the Catamounts considering they had been 0-3 on the road in Hockey East play.

That said, the one time Vermont has failed to bounce back from a weekend-opening loss the last two seasons couldn’t have been more poorly timed. It was during last season’s Hockey East quarterfinals, when UMass-Lowell swept the Cats 4-3 in overtime and 4-2, denying UVM a trip to the Boston Garden.

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Audio from Sneddon’s press conference after Sunday’s bounce-back win at  BC

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