BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A goal by Taryn Peacock with 2:01 to play broke a 2-2 deadlock and lifted Maine to a 4-2 comeback win over Vermont in women’s Hockey East action Sunday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
The Black Bears rallied from a 2-0 deficit midway through the contest for the victory. The win gives Maine (9-17-1, 4-12-2 Hockey East) a three-game sweep over the Catamounts (3-23-2, 1-15-1).
“We deserved a lot better today since the first two periods we played the best hockey we have played all season,” said Vermont coach Tim Bothwell. “The result is extremely disappointing for our players who worked so hard today and have nothing to show for it. But that’s hockey and sports in a nutshell.
“We have bounced back before and next weekend we have our biggest character test of the season.”
Vermont carried the play in the early going and Sarah Smiddy (Grand Rapids, Mich.) opened the scoring at 17:35 in the first period with her third goal of the season. On assists from Ashley Richter (Regina, Sask.) and Korrie Peckham (Little Compton, R.I.), Smiddy’s persistence paid off as she punched in a rebound of two of her shots in the goalmouth. The assists were the first career points for Richter, a junior, and Peckham, a freshman.
Jessica Murphy (Shoreview, Minn.) made it 2-0 for the Catamounts with a power play goal just 2:18 into the second stanza. Murphy in the high slot redirected passes from Smiddy and Karen Sentoff (Liverpool, N.Y.) for her third goal of the season and her second in three games. Maine’s Vanessa Vani cut the lead in half with a power play goal at 9:18 beating Cats goalie Shivaun Siegl (Livonia, N.Y.) on a wraparound.
Kelly Law tied the game 2:22 into the third period as her high shot from the left point through traffic found the net. On the game-winner, Vermont had trouble clearing the puck from its zone and Peacock banged in a loose puck in a goalmouth scramble. Sonia Corriveau added an insurance tally for the Black Bears with 41 seconds left.
Despite a 9-2 Maine edge in shots in the final period, Vermont outshot the Black Bears, 21-18, in the game. Maine went 2-for-4 on the power play while UVM scored once in five chances. Siegl finished with 14 saves for the Cats including several good stops in the third period to keep her team in the game. Turgeon ended with 19 saves to pick up the win shutting the door on UVM over the last 37-plus minutes.
Vermont is at Northeastern next weekend taking on the Huskies Saturday at 7:00pm and Sunday at 3:00pm at Matthews Arena. The following weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24-25, UVM wraps up its season hosting New Hampshire 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 women’s hockey games.