In 2005-06, the University of Vermont men’s hockey team fell five times to Boston College. 2006-2007 saw another loss. Three more defeats last season, including a weekend spanking in Boston and the Hockey East Championship Game.
I moved to Vermont four years ago. I fell in love with the University of Vermont shortly thereafter. And while I can’t claim to be a college hockey expert along the lines of Bob Norton, I’ve learned my way around the rink.
One thing I know for certain is that I don’t like Boston College. It’s nothing personal against the program that is presented by Dunkin Donuts; I just don’t like them.
Maybe it is because they have a ‘New York Yankee’ like status in the sport. Maybe it is because they have the best goaltender in the game, John Muse. Or maybe it is because they have a coach who has won over 800 games. All I know is that losses to BC sit with me a little harder and that wins over the Eagles are a little sweeter than most.
A week after I called on the USCHO to show UVM some love in the polls, the Catamounts fell again to BC 3-2 on Friday. Muse saved 23, Andrew Orpik scored the game-winning goal and Jerry York picked up his 806th win. Just another day at the office for the Eagles, in front of 5,675 at Kelley Rink.
The good news is that the season is young and the Catamounts have two more shots at BC in the friendly confines of “The Gut.” The bad news is that UVM has to play Boston College two more times this season.
If this is the season UVM is to return to the NCAA tournament, then they need to figure out how to beat the “Evil Empire.” It’s time for the Catamounts to soar with the Eagles.