Boston University Rallies on Late PP
UVM Goalie Santaguida Leaves Game Injured after Tying Goal
CHN Staff Report
An injury to No. 1 goaltender Mike Santaguida and a late five-minute major penalty conspired against Vermont on Saturday, as Boston University rallied to defeat the Catamounts, 5-3. The teams split the weekend series.
With Vermont up 3-2 late in the third, Santaguida lost his stick, which partially helped BU's Matt Lane get one past him as Santaguida scrambled, tying the game. Santaguida then came up injured on the play, which came with 3:29 remaining in regulation, and forced him out of the game after having playing every minute for Vermont up to that point.
Neither junior Patrick Feeley or freshman Packy Munson had ever appeared in an NCAA regular-season game to that point. Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon decided to go with Feeley in that spot.
After making a couple of saves, Feeley was thrown into a bigger fire when junior teammate Brady Shaw was called for a five-minute major penalty. The call was made by an assistant referee, and came after a lengthy conversation with the head officials with 2:38 remaining.
Just 14 seconds later, Brandon Hickey scored for the Terriers, and they added a late empty netter for the win.
"I just feel bad for our kids," Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon said. "They played 120 minutes with playoff intensity, the kind of hockey we've been looking for from them from the beginning of the year and tonight they weren't rewarded for it."
Conor O'Neil scored his first career goal in a losing effort, while Santaguida had 41 saves, one short of a career high.
"We knew we would have to weather some storms. From our perspective, we had a great first period, weathered the storm in the second and came out swinging in the third," Sneddon told the Burlington Free Press. "It was a great hockey game. It's just unfortunate it ended that way."