Chargers can’t overcome mistakes, Catamounts

Critical turnovers cost the Chargers on Friday in their 4-1 loss to Vermont in the opening round of the Catamount Cup in Burlington, Vt.

UAH (3-16-0) will play Northeastern on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. The Huskies beat RPI 3-2 in overtime in the first game on Friday.


Vermont outshot the Chargers 33-15 in improving to 6-8-1.

There was no scoring in the first period, but Vermont did win the possession battle, outshooting the Chargers 10-3 with a couple of crossbars hit.

UAH also lost forward Christian Rajic, who was hit hard while taking a shot. He was immediately attended to by trainers on a stoppage of play and did not return.

Vermont took a 1-0 lead at the 3:41 mark in the second period on a bad UAH turnover near the Charger net. Joey Cipollone slipped the puck between Mark Sinclair’s legs in the ensuing scramble.

Another UAH turnover led to a 2-0 Vermont advantage with 2:09 left in the period. Ace Cowans buried a centering pass in the slot from Craig Puffer.

The Catamounts rolled to eight quick shots on goal early in the third period, and eventually took a 3-0 lead with 12:25 left. This time, Sinclair let in a rare soft goal, as Vlad Dzhioshvili’s shot hit his glove but trickled in anyway.

UAH got on the board with 8:31 to go when Bauer Neudecker scored on a wrister for his third goal of the season. Jack Jeffers and Andrew Dodson got the assists.

Vermont finished the game with an empty-net goal by Matt O’Donnell with 12.6 seconds to go.

Sinclair finished with 29 saves. His Catamount counterpart, Stefanos Lekkas, stopped 14 of 15 shots.

File photo of Bauer Neudecker by Todd Thompson/RiverCat Photography.