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Vermont beats Minnesota 5-4

October 23, 2011

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MINNEAPOLIS—Vermont's Sebastian Stalberg and Connor Brickley had two goals apiece as the Catamounts beat Minnesota 5-4 Sunday for a split of their weekend men's college hockey series.

Stalberg and Brickley each scored during a four-goal outburst that led to the Golden Gophers' first loss of the season. Minnesota (5-1-0) had taken a 3-1 lead on Nate Schmidt's power-play goal at 5:28 of the second period.

But the next 20 minutes belonged to the Catamounts (1-1-0), who lost their season opener to Minnesota 6-0 on Friday.

"Two nights ago we got humiliated out here," Stalberg said. "We didn't feel like we battled at all. Today we did."

Chris McCarthy had a goal and two assists for Vermont. Kyle Reynolds and Michael Paliotta each added two assists. Sebastian's goal at 7:07 of the third turned out to be the game-winner.

Schmidt had two assists and Erik Haula had three for the Gophers. Kyle Rau had a goal and an assist. Kent Patterson got 20 saves.

Minnesota had given up eight goals in their first five games.

Two of the Catamounts' goals were on power plays as Vermont was 2-for-7 with a man-advantage.

"We had to use some of our top-end guys to kill (penalties)," Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. "We're still learning about our team and saw some things we can't do again if we want to win."

Rob Madore made 31 saves for Vermont.