BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Freshman Chelsea Furlani (Colchester, Vt.) and junior Karen Sentoff (Liverpool, N.Y.) each had a goal and two assists as Vermont topped Sacred Heart, 6-2, in women’s college hockey Friday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The win, the first of the 2006-07 season for the Catamounts (1-6-0), also was the first for new UVM head coach Tim Bothwell.
The victory snapped an 11-game losing streak for the Catamounts since the middle of last season. In its first six games of this campaign, UVM had scored only three goals, a total it equaled in just under 12 minutes in its home opener. After spotting the Pioneers a 1-0 edge just over two minutes into the contest, the Catamounts bounced back to score three times in a span of 8:39 to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.
"The first period was easily the best we played all season," said Bothwell. "I loved the way we responded after their early goal and the way we moved the puck in the first period. We now need to bottle this effort for tomorrow’s game."
Each Vermont goal came from a different player starting with Sarah Smiddy (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Furlani and Melanie Greene (Queensbury, N.Y.) in the first period. Kristi Anderson (Naperville, Ill.) scored in the second period while Jenny Hogan (Santa Rosa, Calif.) and Sentoff closed the scoring in the final stanza.
Vermont’s six-goal outburst was the biggest in 67 games dating back to October 29, 2004, an 8-0 win also over Sacred Heart..
Whitney Dziama, in the first period, and Jenn Bragger, to open the third, tallied for the Pioneers (0-3-0). Stephanie Boulay made 25 saves for Sacred Heart who was outshot by UVM, 31-12. Shivaun Siegl (Livonia, N.Y.) stopped 10 shots for the Catamounts.
The Catamounts and Pioneers face off again on Saturday at 2:00pm. 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. The first 200 fans at Saturday’s game will receive thundersticks courtesy of Adelphia. The complete Vermont women’s hockey promotional schedule is available on www.uvmathletics.com.