Senior forward Connor Brickley buried the game-winning goal with 1:07 remaining in the third period as the University of Vermont rallied to defeat UMass Amherst 2-1 in Friday's opening game of the Hockey East tournament.
The seventh-seeded Catamounts (19-12-3; 10-10-0 HE) advance after winning the first-round elimination game and will face either No. 2 seed UMass Lowell or No. 3 seed Providence in a best-of-three quarterfinal matchup next weekend.
The 10th-seeded Minutemen finish their season at 8-22-4 (4-13-3 HE).