Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup
Arena • Burlington, Vt.
Western Michigan vs. Quinnpiac, 3:30 p.m.
Holy Cross at Vermont, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 30
Third-Place Game, 4 p.m.
Championship Game, 7 p.m.
CN8 in New England will broadcast the Vermont/Holy
Cross semifinal on Saturday and both of Sunday's contests.
Saint Cloud State captured the tournament
with a 4-2 win over host Vermont, with tourney MVP
Nate Dey scoring a pair of goals. Union topped Rensselaer,
5-1, in the consolation pitting two Capital District
foes. In the opening round, St. Cloud doubled up Union,
4-2, and Vermont blanked RPI 3-0.
Vermont has won its tournament just
once, blanking Dartmouth, 3-0 in 2005 final. This
is the third year in a row which Vermont has hosted
the event, and the 12th time since the inaugural event
in 1990. Also, all three visitors this year are making
their first appearance in the Cat Cup.
Quinnipiac has three veteran forwards
who are carrying the load once again: Ben Nelson (16
points; 115 in career), Bryan Leitch (15 and 92) and
Jamie Bates (13 and 108). Western Michigan junior
Patrick Gallivan has 14 assists and ranks seventh
nationally in helpers per game. Junior Jeff LoVecchio
has 63 career points and senior Jeff Pierce has 62.
Vermont's Dean Strong leads the team with 13 points
and has 68 in his career. Corey Carlson, Peter Lenes,
Colin Vock and Brayden Irwin all have at least four
goals. Holy Cross is getting production from Brodie
Sheahan (15 points), Dale Reinhardt (14) and Everett
Sheen (eight goals).
HOW WE SEE IT
Quinnipiac has the hot hand, winning
three in a row and six of its last nine (6-2-1). Western
Michigan lost eight of 10 in CCHA play before sweeping
a non-conference series with Wayne State. The Broncos
didn't carry over any momentum, though, losing to
the USA Junior Nationals. Give the Bobcats the edge.
Vermont has points in five of its last
six games, and has the home-ice advantage so the Cats
have the slight edge. Holy Cross has turned up the
offensive wick of late so if the Crusaders can get
a good goaltending effort they could ruin the Cats'
Quinnipiac will have its hands full
in the final but we like the Bobcats. Give the nod
to Holy Cross in the consolation final.
— Ken McMillan