Monday, March 09, 2009


Wildcat Hockey Monday

Happy Wildcat Hockey Monday, Nation!

First up.

Overtime Heroics!

Captain Greg Collins scores in overtime to defeat the Vermont Catamounts and secure third place in Hockey East to conclude the 2008-2009 Regular Season.

An unbelievable finish.

Between the 'Cats and the Cats they possessed two goaltenders of the month for February between their respective pipes. But that was February and this is March. The Hockey East Itech Goaltender of the Month, Brian Foster for the 'Cats, and the Hockey East and National Rookie of the Month, Rob Madore in net for the other Cats. They let in a total of 21 goals over two nights. Both backstops let up six goals in their respective losses. Seriously.

But, how about Wildcat Captain, Greg Collins overtime goal!?

UVM Athletics has video of the goal but surreptitiously only posts their own school's goals in their YouTube highlights. Wildcat Advisory for the link: If you are a friend or family member of Wildcat netminder Brian Foster, viewer discretion is advised.

Now I must say, as I already have, that it was very respectable of the University of Vermont Catamounts to briefly recognize the Wildcat seniors on UVM's own senior night. But not showing full game highlights? Stay classy, Burlington.

Other notes on the weekend.

The Captain also had two assists to go with his overtime goal. He has three goals and three assists in his last four games.

Peter LeBlanc reversed the numbers with two goals and an assist, compiling a four game scoring streak composed of three goals and an assist.

Damon Kipp and Matt Campanale each registered their first collegiate point - a goal for Kipp and an assist for Campanale.

And, as noted in the latest Hockey East Weekly Release, 17 of 18 Wildcat skaters registered a point on the weekend. Surprisingly, the only Wildcat left out of the scoring was freshman, Stevie Moses - don't expect that to last once the Eagles arrive in Durham this weekend.

Speak of the Eagles.

It's high time the Wildcats take them out of the post-season, for good.

A pair of wins this coming weekend, like those a couple weekends ago, and those Eagles will be hitting the links.

And not that a team needs more motivation to send the Eagles packing but there is also the fact that they have bested a UNH squad in each of their last five post-season match-ups together. The difference between those games and the coming weekend? Those were one-and-done games held in Boston's TD Banknorth Garden. These games will be at home on the Towse Rink in the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore Center. Home of the Wildcats.

Time to serve BC that dish best served cold. And there's no place to do it like UNH's own olympic ice sheet.

Post-Season Hockey!

Up tomorrow! Another Future 'Cat! They just keep coming! I'll introduce you to 2011 recruit, New Jersey's Jamie Hill, teammate of fellow Future 'Cat Kyle Smith, who we made acquaintances with just a couple weeks ago!

On Wednesday, more stellar performances as we continue our weekly look at UNH Men's Hockey Wildcat Alumni playing in the professional ranks!

Go 'Cats!



My favorite is the rush by Jamie about three-quarters of the way through the 'Welcome Home' highlight reel set to an instrumental of Coheed and Cambria's, Welcome Home.

Mar 10, 2009, 7:18:00 PM  

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