BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Goalie Melissa Haber made 17 saves as Boston University blanked Vermont, 3-0, in women's Hockey East action Sunday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
The shutout was the third straight by the Terriers (7-3-0, 3-3-0 Hockey East) over the Catamounts (2-9-1, 0-5-1) this season. In each of its three losses to BU, Vermont fell behind early, came back with several scoring chances but could not find the net.
"I really liked our effort especially in the last half of the game," said Vermont head coach Tim Bothwell. "I thought we outplayed them in the last 30 minutes. If we had a little luck with the puck, especially near the end of the second period, it may have been a different game."
Erin Seman put the Terriers on the board just 59 second into the second period snagging a loose puck at the blue line and skated in to beat UVM goalie Ashley Walenty (Lake Placid, N.Y.) with a wrist shot to the short side. Kelley Karnan made it 2-0 at 8:05 of the period banging home a rebound of a shot by Stephanie Armstrong.
UVM, outshot 13-5 at that point, began to increase its attack in its comeback bid. Haber turned aside two good chances, one by Kristi Anderson (Naperville, Ill.) and another by Chelsea Furlani (Colchester, Vt.) as BU killed a penalty late in the period. Also, Vermont's Sash Hochlander (Calgary, Alberta), tipping a drive by Ashley Keane (Sherborn, Mass.), hit the goal post.
The Catamounts pressed late in the third period before BU's Julie Poulin closed the scoring with an empty net goal with 37 seconds left.
A sophomore who did not see time last season, Walenty was solid in her first career start in goal making 26 saves including 18 in the first two periods.
The Terriers finished with a 26-17 advantage in shots and killed all four of its penalties. Vermont was penalized just once in the hard-fought but clean contest.
Vermont continues its homestand hosting Robert Morris Saturday at 2:00pm at Gutterson Fieldhouse. For ticket information, please contact the UVM Athletic Ticket Office at 1-866-4CAT-TIX or log on to uvmathletics.com. UVM students (with a valid ID) and all Rally's Roundup members are admitted free to all home womens hockey games. Fans are encouraged to bring Thanksgiving food items to Saturday's game to benefit the Chittenden County Foodshelf.