“Things are always better late than never” will be the lesson taken away by the Cats from this weekends series versus No. 9 Boston College.
The Catamounts have played three games against their conference rivals and defending National Champion Eagles this season, and while they have only led for seven minutes—the last seven minutes of Saturday’s game—they found a way to split the series.
Earlier this season, UVM dropped a 3-2 decision in Boston in which the Cats never led and Friday night saw UVM have to overcome three one-goal deficits—including a goal with one second remaining on the clock by Brian Roloff—en route to a 3-3 tie.
After fighting back two previous times, the Cats found themselves down one goal with just four seconds remaining in the game.
Following a stoppage in play, UVM had a two-man advantage with their goalie on the bench and BC center Brian Gibbons in the penalty box and a faceoff in the left circle.
“Four seconds left, everyone was kind of scrambling a little bit heading into that draw,” Roloff said. “We just kind of threw everybody in front of the net.
“The plan was to draw it back to Petey [Lenes], which [Dean Strong] did. He was supposed to shoot it, but I just kind of dropped off to the side thinking that they see Petey up top there, they’re going to run out and try to block his shot, so he must have saw the same thing and slid it over to me.
“I caught the pass, figuring the goalie would try to slide across, so I just tried to throw it to the far post and luckily enough it just slid in,” Roloff said.
The goal was reviewed but eventually upheld with one second remaining on the clock. The teams went on to play a scoreless overtime period.
This was not the first goal off a faceoff in the game for the Cats. Earlier in the third, in an eerily similar play Strong won a faceoff in the left circle back to Lenes who fired a wrist shot past BC goalie, John Muse.
On Saturday night the No. 10 Cats could not parlay the momentum from previous game as they fell behind 2-0 in the first period, but found a way to fight back and snatch a late victory.