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Nelson, Furlani named women’s hockey captains

October 2, 2009

Chelsea Furlani of Colchester and Brittany Nelson of South Burlington will captain the University of Vermont women’s hockey team, UVM coach Tim Bothwell announced Friday.

The senior forwards were also captains last season. Furlani has played in 99 games, collecting 17 goals and 15 assists. Nelson, who transferred from Providence in 2007, has 11 goals and 16 assists in two seasons as a Catamount.

Bothwell also appointed junior defenseman Peggy Wakeham and junior forward Celeste Doucet as assistant captains.

Sound bites from UVM’s Hockey Media Day

September 29, 2009

Below are a few snippets from University of Vermont’s Hockey Media Day, held this afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Both teams will play preseason games Sunday at the Gut, the men taking on New Brunswick at 4 p.m., and the women following at 7 against McGill.

Here’s video clips from the press conference, courtesy of UVM.

Be sure to check out the Free Press’ comprehensive season previews in the print and online editions next week.

KEVIN SNEDDON, UVM men’s coach:

About turning the page on last season’s Frozen Four trip: “We gained a lot of valuable experience last season that can be utilized this year with our returning players. With that being said, probably our biggest challenge this year is to focus on what’s important now. We are real proud that we were able to contribute to our rich tradition here, but at the same time this is a new journey. We can’t be focussed on last year, we have to move forward, which isn’t always as easy at it seems. We get asked a lot of questions from the media and from around town about last year’s season.”

About replacing Viktor Stalberg, who left after his junior season to play in the NHL: “I know everyone is questioning how we are going to replace Viktor Stalberg. We’ve had that problem in the past and our guys have risen to the occasion. There’s no reason not to think that with our current players, when they are given more opportunities that they will rise to the challenge.”

About improving on special teams: “I look back at it and it’s somewhat amazing that we made it all the way to the Frozen Four with one of the worst penalty kills in the country.”

BRIAN ROLOFF, senior forward and captain:

About replacing leadership lost from last season: “I don’t think we take it as pressure. I think Dean (Strong), Corey (Carlson), Peter (Lenes); we watched  them play for three years, we learned from them and saw how they got the job done. We can just kind of step into their shoes which they molded out nicely. I feel like the guys in my class are ready to take on the challenge.”

TIM BOTHWELL, UVM women’s coach:

About team’s mission to reach the Hockey East playoffs for the first time in program history: “Without a doubt, it is in each and every person’s mind on the team that (Hockey East) playoffs are what we are after this year. We were very close last year; two or three goals over the course of a season at the right time would have put us in the playoffs. Conversely, keeping out two or three extra pucks at the right time could have put us in the playoffs, as well. With that quote, we are really excited about the challenge of trying to make that happen this year and make a little bit of history for this program.”

About improving on defense: “The defensive side of things is really where we have to make our biggest improvement this year. We really kind of took a step backward in that area last year. It’s a real focus for us this year to block more shots, to limit more scoring opportunities, to limit the shots on goal and to just be a better defensive team.”

PEGGY WAKEHAM, Junior defenseman who led the team in scoring last year:

About the team playing its first eight games at home: “Really important to have these game at home because last year we gained a lot of confidence at the end of the season. We started last year rough, so I feel like having them at home this year — we are more comfortable at home — is a better schedule for us.”

About team’s mindset: “We are all ready. Last year we were so close, a couple goals here and there. We all knows how it feels not to make it and now we are ready to make it.”

Is UVM women’s hockey ready to turn corner?

September 22, 2009

The University of Vermont women’s hockey team hopes to qualify for the Hockey East playoffs for the first time this winter. In order to accomplish the goal, the Catamounts need to overcome two things:

— History. The Cats are a combined 19-77-4 overall and 10-50-3 in the Hockey East the past three seasons.

— Expectations. Vermont was picked to finish seventh out of eight teams in the Hockey East coaches’ preseason poll.

Here’s the audio from UVM coach Tim Bothwell’s remarks during today’s Hockey East teleconference, which includes a few questions from me.

Women’s hockey is a sport that UVM has pumped a lot of scholarship money into the past three years in hopes of contending on the national level. As Bothwell heads into his fourth season, is it unfair for Catamount fans to expect — or demand — better results?