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BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Saleah Morrison (Selkirk, Manitoba) had a goal and two assists to lead a balanced attack as Vermont topped Union, 4-1, in women's college hockey Saturday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Catamounts have won four straight to open the 2007-08 campaign, the program's best start ever, after winning only three games in each of the past two seasons.
"We had a good effort today in a lot of different areas," said Vermont coach Tim Bothwell. "It was also great to see everyone in the lineup make a contribution as different players have stepped up in each of our four wins. It means a lot toward next weekend when we head on the road for a good challenge at Cornell, an up and coming program."
For the second straight game no Catamount tallied more than one goal. Also, Vermont's special teams were solid scoring twice on the power play in four attempts and adding a shorthanded goal while killing all seven Union extra-player opportunities.
The Catamounts dominated the action in the first period with the first 11 shots on goal for both teams, The last shot was a goal by Stephanie Tewksbury (Marshfield, Mass.), her second in as many games, to open the scoring at 18:04. Midway through the second stanza, Chelsea Furlani (Colchester, Vt.) created a turnover while killing a penalty and rapped one home from the goal mouth to make it 2-0 at the second intermission.
In the third, Karen Sentoff (Liverpool, N.Y.) fired in a rebound of a Morrison shot on the power play to make it 3-0. On another power play, Morrison's low drive from the point through traffic eluded Union goalie Lundy Day for her second of the season. The Dutchwomen (0-4-0) got on the board at 10:24 with Courtney Kerslake scoring on an assist from Lineaa Edwardson.
The goals for Furlani and Sentoff, last year's leading scorers for the Cats, were their first of the season. Also, Jessica Murphy (Shoreview, Minn.) added two assists and Jackie Thode (Aurora, Colo.) for their first points. Through the first four contests, 13 different Catamounts have accounted for the team's 21 goals while 19 different players have recorded at least one point.
UVM out shot the Dutchwomen, 30-10, on the afternoon as Day finished with 26 saves. Vermont's Kristen Olychuck (Kelowna, B.C.) made nine stops in recording her fourth victory of the season.
Next weekend, UVM heads on the road for the first time this season traveling to Cornell for games on Saturday at 2:00pm and Sunday at 1:00pm. Vermont's next home contest is its Hockey East opener on Friday, November 3 when it hosts Boston College. 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 womenís hockey games.