Vermont head coach Kelvin Sneddon admits there were quite a few people who were "disappointed" when his program decided to leap from the ECAC Hockey League to neighboring and rival conference Hockey East after the 2004-2005 season.
He fondly recalled, however, the support shown by the fans and administrator from two ECAC schools: One was St. Lawrence and the other was Yale.
Now, just a few years later, they played each other in the first round of the NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament on Friday for the first time since the 2004-2005 season, beating No. 2 Yale, 4-1.
Four goals from four different players helped lead the third-seeded Vermont past the Bulldogs. Junior assistant captain Peter Lenes started the scoring for the Catamounts, tallying the lone goal of the first period at the 15:28 mark on a slap shot from the left circle for his 15th goal of the season.
With 58 seconds left in the period, junior Colin Vock netted the second goal of the period off a feed from sophomore, Washsontiio Stacey, to put it past Richards from the right faceoff dot for his fifth goal of the season. Sophomore Dan Lawson was there for the assist.
Hobey Baker finalist Viktor Stalberg scored just 1:50 into the second period, going five-hole past Richards on a shot from in between the hash marks of the Bulldog zone for his 24th goal of the season with the assist from Brian Roloff. Senior assistant captain Corey Carlson scored the fourth and final goal in the third period lifting a wrist shot past Yale goalie Alec Richards.
Sophomore Kyle Medvec recorded his 10th assist of the year on the play, while goaltender Rob Madore had 26 saves.
Yale came into the game leading the series 27-24-4.
"We've had a great history and tradition with Vermont," said Wayne Dean, Yale's senior associate athletic director and a member of the NCAA hockey committee.
Britney Milazzo is a Contributor for Bleacher Report.