BURLINGTON, Vermont -- Matt Swain's overtime goal capped a furious comeback and gave sixth-ranked New Hampshire a 5-4 win over Vermont in collegiate men's ice hockey at a soldout Gutterson Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
During a scramble in front of UVM goalie Andrew Allen, Swain knocked in a rebound of a Garrett Stafford shot to give the Wildcats the come-from-behind victory.
Behind freshman Jeff Miles' power play goal, the Catamounts took a 4-2 lead with 18:47 left in regulation. New Hampshire's Jim Abbott scored a shorthanded goal at 10:16 to make it 4-3, and then Lanny Gare tied it on the power play with 1:49 left to force overtime.
New Hampshire, 2-0-1, opened the scoring just 1:50 into the game when David Busch converted a rebound past Catamount goalie Andrew Allen. Vermont tied it 46 seconds later when J.F. Gamelin scored his first collegiate goal, skating in from center ice and snapping a shot from the right circle past Ty Conklin (19 saves).
In the second period, Vermont took a 2-1 lead when Andreas Moborg followed up his own shot at 3:09 after skating in from the left point. The Catamounts added to their lead at 8:33 when J.F. Caudron skated in alone from center ice and beating Conklin from the left of the crease.
New Hampshire cut Vermont's lead to 3-2 just over a minute later when Darren Haydar scored a highlight-reel goal, beating Allen high to the glove side with a UVM defenseman draped over his back.
Allen made 33 saves for the Catamounts (0-1-0) who fall to the Wildcats for the fourth straight year in their season opener.