BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A pair of second period goals just over three minutes apart and 22 saves by Allyse Wilcox lifted Boston University to a 2-0 win over Vermont in women's Hockey East action Saturday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The shutout was BU's fifth in its last five meetings with Vermont.
"We need to find a way to manufacture some offense to win games like this," said Vermont coach Tim Bothwell. "It wasn't our best first period but I thought we were still in a good spot. BU out-worked us late in the second period and that was the difference. We were resilient again and didn't give up by coming out great in the third period."
The Terriers (12-12-3, 8-6-1) out-shot Vermont, 10-5, in the first period and had a 14-6 advantage in the second. BU's Holly Lorms broke through with her fifth of the season at 14:43 and Caroline Boudreau made it 2-0 at 17:58 rapping home a rebound of Julie Poulin's drive from the point.
UVM turned it up a notch in the final period and had a 11-2 edge in shots along with some excellent scoring chances. Wilcox made big saves on Melanie Greene (Buffalo, N.Y.), Jul Sifers (New London, Conn.) and Molly Morrison (South Burlington, Vt.) to preserve the shutout.
Sophomore goalie Kristen Olychuck (Kelowna, B.C.), who was credited with Vermont's lone goal of the weekend Friday, kept the Catamounts in the contest with 24 saves including 22 in the first 40 minutes.
UVM extended its penalty-killing streak to 31 attempts without a goal over seven-plus games by killing all three BU power plays. The Cats also could not convert on their three chances.
Vermont (5-22-1, 1-13-1) is back in action at second-ranked New Hampshire next Saturday and Sunday, both games at 2:00pm at the Whittemore Center. The following weekend, UVM hosts Northeastern on Feb. 22-23 in its final two home contests of the 2007-08 season. 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 Round Up members are admitted free to all home women's hockey games.