Courtesy Vermont Sports Information
DURHAM, N.H. – Brittany Zuback had a goal and two assists to lead Vermont to a program record fourth straight Hockey East win over New Hampshire 5-1 from the Whittemore Center.
The Wildcats opened the scoring 9:28 into the first period on the power play. Senior forward Nicole Gifford picked up her team-leading 11th goal of the season as New Hampshire scored first against Vermont for the third time this season. Alexis Crossley and Arielle O’Neill earned assists on the play.
Amanda Pelkey responded for the Catamounts under two minutes later. Her team record 19th goal of the season was assisted by Brittany Zuback and Sarah Campbell. Zuback became the first Catamount to ever put up 20 assists in a season with the goal at the 11:01 mark. Pelkey has scored at least one goal in six of her eight career games against the Wildcats.
The Catamounts 10th ranked power play in the country converted late in the first period to give Vermont the lead. Victoria Andreakos scored her tenth goal of the season with six seconds left in the opening frame to extend her point-scoring streak to four games. Zuback and Pelkey earned assists on the goal, for Pelkey it was her conference-leading 15th power play point of the season.
After a scoreless second period in which the Catamounts were outshot 14-6 Vermont put the game out of reach with two goals 56 seconds apart midway through the third period. Greer Vogl scored her second goal of the season at the 11:08 mark and Zuback added her tenth of the season to give Vermont a 4-1 lead.
With 1:58 left in the third period Dayna Colang picked up Vermont’s second shorthanded goal of the season to round out the scoring. Her 10 goals this season lead all defenseman in Hockey East.
Roxanne Douville made 38 saves and improved her record in Hockey East this season to 10-5-1. Douville has won 11 games this season a Vermont Division I record. She is two wins short of Tiffany Hayes all-time record set during the 2000-01 season.
“This is another step in the right direction for us,” said head coach Jim Plumer. “We weathered some storms but hung tough and players made key plays at crucial times. Roxanne is really dialed in and her influence on the entire team can’t be understated. Our goals remain the same, to keep on improving.”
Vermont returns home for senior weekend February 21-22 to host Providence in its final regular season games.
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NOTES: After dropping their first 21 games to UNH Vermont is 8-6-1 in the 15 meetings since 2010 … The Catamounts are 6-1-0 in their last seven Hockey East games … Amanda Pelkey had a goal and an assist in all three games against UNH this season … Vermont’s win today improved its record to 15-13-4, ensuring the programs first ever Division I season at or above .500 … In 12 of Vermont’s 15 wins this season the power play has converted at least once.