Oct. 7, 2006
OXFORD, Ohio - Sophomore goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (Chesterfield, Mich.) made 36 saves, one shy of his career high, but 39 penalty minutes and 12 Vermont power plays were more than the RedHawks (1-1-0) could overcome as the Catamounts (2-0-0) skated to a 4-1 win and took home the 2006 Ice Breaker Invitational Championship on Saturday. Vermont converted twice with the man-advantage, while Miami was able to convert just 1-of-13 power-play chances.
After a scoreless first period, UVM exploded for three tallies in the second period, including a pair of 5-on-3 power-play markers in the final three minutes of the frame. Corey Carlson put the Catamounts up 1-0 with an even-strength goal at 12:51 of the period, before Colin Vock and Torrey Mitchell registered power-play goals at 17:07 and 19:57, respectively.
Senior Marty Guerin (Lansing, Mich.) cut Vermont's lead to 3-1 when he combined with junior Nino Musitelli (Macomb, Mich.) to take advantage of a 5-on-3 power play 3:00 into the third. Guerin and Musitelli worked the puck back and forth at the top of the circles before Guerin fired a wrist shot from the top of the slot that found its way through traffic and put the lone blemish on an otherwise perfect evening for Vermont goaltender Joe Fallon.
Fallon turned away 31-of-32 shots and earned all-tournament team honors, along with three other Catamounts. Junior Ryan Jones (Chatham, Ontario) represented Miami on the all-tourney team as he tallied a pair of goals in Miami's opening round defeat of No. 9 Denver.
Vermont closed out the scoring with Carlson's second goal of the night at 17:55 of the third after a Miami turnover in the neutral zone.
Miami returns to action next weekend when it hosts Canisius College for a pair of games on Oct. 13-14.