Courtesy Vermont Sports Information
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Vermont goaltender Roxanne Douville made 36 saves to lead Vermont to a 3-1 win over Providence Sunday afternoon in Hockey East action at Schneider Arena.
The Friars opened the scoring 6:18 into the first period. Courtney Kukowski connected with Haley Frade cutting down the slot. Frade collected the puck and fired it past Douville for her sixth goal of the season.
The Catamounts answered back five minutes later in the first period. Brittany Zuback forced a turnover and entered the Providence zone with speed. Zuback cut to the middle and fired a low shot past Providence goaltender Sarah Bryant for her ninth goal of the season.
Vermont scored the go-ahead goal 3:38 into the second period on the power play. Amanda Pelkey fed a cross-ice pass to Ashley Salerno, and she fired a shot at Bryant that Victoria Andreakos tipped the eventual game-winner in for her eighth goal of the season. Pelkey picked up her Hockey East leading 13th power play point of the season on Andreakos’ goal.
The Friars held a 20-11 shot advantage after the second period and they continued to pressure the Catamounts in the third period. Douville made 17 saves in the third to shut the door on Providence.
With 29 seconds left in regulation Bridget Baker cemented the Catamounts win with an empty-net goal. Zuback assisted on Baker’s tally, making it the junior forward’s fifth multi-point game of the season.
“Roxanne Douville was the difference today,” said head coach Jim Plumer. “It wasn’t our best game by any stretch and Roxanne stood very tall. Our defensive game was a total team effort and was by far the best part of our game.”
With the win this afternoon the Catamounts hold a five-point lead over Providence for fourth place in Hockey East. The top four teams host the single game quarterfinal matchups.
Vermont returns to Gutterson Fieldhouse next weekend as they host Maine in the teams final meeting of the season Saturday February 8 at 4 p.m. Following the game there will be a Catamount Kids Conference Presented by Doubletree.
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NOTES: Vermont’s win today continued to establish team single-season records for road wins (8), wins (12), and league wins (8) … In 10 of Vermont’s 12 wins this season the power play has converted at least once.