Friendship Four: Vermont defeat Quinnipiac in final

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The University of Vermont beat Quinnipiac University 5-1

The University of Vermont secured a surprise 5-1 victory over Quinnipiac University to win the second Friendship Four Tournament in Belfast.

Ross Colton scored two goals as Vermont overcame the higher-ranked Quinnipiac to pick up the Belpot Trophy.

In the third place game, St Lawrence University beat the University of Massachusetts in a shootout after the game ended 2-2 following overtime.

It was confirmed that the Belfast event would be renewed for another two years.

More than 20,000 spectators watched the four games over two days and eight more college sides will be coming to Northern Ireland in 2017 and 2018.

Colton opener

Vermont took the initiative at the SSE Arena with a goal in the sixth minute of the contest through forward Colton.

The Catamounts then doubled their lead when Mario Puskarich fired the puck into the 'top shelf' seven minutes later.

Quinnipiac's cause was further hampered five minutes from the end of the first period when the Bobcats' captain Connor Clifton was thrown out of the game for a major penalty for boarding.

Quinnipiac forced Vermont netminder Stefanos Lekkas into a string of saves in the second period but could not find a way past the keeper from Illinois.

Vermont then went on the power play and scored the clinching third goal as Jarrid Privitera deflected a shot into the Quinnipiac net for a 3-0 lead.

With twelve minutes to go Quinnipiac pulled one back with a stunning slapshot by Craig Martin.

Vermont responded immediately, with Colton's second of the night making it 4-1 and Derek Lodermeier adding a fifth before the end.

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