Freshman defenseman Jackie Thode scores two goals

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Jackie Thode (Aurora, Colo.) scored two goals including the game-winner in the third period to give Vermont a 3-2 win over Sacred Heart in women’s college hockey Saturday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The victory, coupled with Friday’s win, gives the Catamounts a weekend sweep over the Pioneers.

"I am very proud of our effort and execution today and the weekend on the whole," said Vermont head coach Tim Bothwell. "We have made some big strides and showed tremendous improvement. The big challenge now is to come out and play with the same confidence next weekend."

The Catamounts (2-6-0) controlled play throughout the game peppering Sacred Heart goalie Kristen Olychuck by outshooting the Pioneers by a 48-10 margin.

Thode, a freshman defender, opened the scoring in the first period with her first collegiate goal.

After Gina Arnone tied it for Sacred Heart just 27 seconds into period two, Chelsea Furlani (Colchester, Vt.) scored her second goal in as many games converting a feed from Jessica Murphy (Riverview, Minn.). But SHU bounced back as Jaclyn Rideout beat Cats goalie Shivaun Siegl (Livonia, N.Y.) on a breakaway to even the score heading into the third period.

Vermont continued to pour on the shots and finally went ahead for good as Kate Lesniak (Buffalo, N.Y.) fed Thode for a power play goal at 6:39. UVM held on to the one-goal margin as Siegl made a big save on Arnone on a partial breakaway with just under four minutes to play and the Catamounts killed a Sacred Heart power play with three minutes left.

Olychuck, in her first start of the season, finished with 45 saves for the Pioneers (0-4-0). Siegl finished with eight saves in picking up her second straight victory.

Next weekend Vermont continues its homestand hosting WCHA rival St. Cloud State Friday and Saturday, with 7:00pm faceoffs each night. For ticket information, please contact the UVM Athletic Ticket Office at 1-866-4CAT-TIX or log on to UVM students (with a valid ID) and all Rally’s Roundup members are admitted free to all home women’s hockey games.