By Scott McLaughlin/DFP Staff
BURLINGTON, VT. –– The Boston University men’s hockey team completely controlled even-strength play for most of the first 40 minutes in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the University of Vermont, but the Catamounts won the special-teams battle and were able to hang in the game because of it.
Much like the Terriers’ lack of desperation was unexpected on Friday night, Sunday’s special-teams dominance by Vermont came out of nowhere. BU has Hockey East’s third-best special teams with a plus-9 net, while the Catamounts are tied for eighth with a minus-6 net.
Even though Vermont pounded BU 7-3 on Friday, special-teams play actually went as expected. The Terriers went a solid 2-for-6 on the power play and held the Catamounts to a 1-for-7 showing.
Sunday was a different story, though. BU went 0-for-4 with just two shots on the man advantage. Vermont, on the other hand, scored on each of its first two power plays and finished the game 2-for-3.