Emily Walsh scores game-tying goal and adds assist for Catamounts

Sophomore Emily Walsh had the game-tying goal and an assist for the Catamounts

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Sophomore Emily Walsh (Suffield, Conn.) had a goal and an assist and freshman Roxanne Douville (Beloeil, Quebec) made 26 saves as the Catamounts came back from a two-goal deficit to tie the McGill Martlets 2-2.

The Martlets opened up the scoring with two first period goals 2:01 apart. Kim Ton-That fed a pass to Ann-Sophie Bettez on a two-on-one and Bettez ripped a slapshot past Douville to open the scoring 9:51 into the first.

Just over two minutes later Gillian Ferrari won a battle behind the net, skated in front and placed a backhand shot past Douville to make it 2-0.

Vermont came to life midway through the second period. The Catamounts cut the deficit in half at the 13:29 mark. Walsh raced down the wing and fed senior captain Celeste Doucet (Memramcook, New Brunswick) cutting to the net for a one-timer that beat McGill goaltender Taylor Salisbury stick side.

Following the goal McGill responded when forward Katia Heydra-Clement broke in on a breakaway. Senior defenseman Peggy Wakeham (Bay Roberts, Newfoundland) took Heydra-Clement out from behind on the play and the Martlets were awarded a penalty shot.

Heydra-Clement came in on Douville, faked backhand and went to her left, but was denied by Douville. Douville's timely save kept the Catamounts within striking distance.

Vermont opened up the third period with a quick goal. Walsh took a feed from freshman Kellie Dineen (Waukesha, Wis.) at the half boards stepped around a McGill defender and fired a quick wrist shot through Salisbury to the tie the game a the 5:58 mark.

Vermont and McGill remained tied at two and went to overtime for the second straight season. In the overtime frame, both teams had quality scoring chances, but Douville and Salisbury kept the score level. McGill outshot Vermont, 28-17.

Vermont kicks off the regular season at RPI on Friday, October 8 at 7 p.m. at the Houston Field House.

NOTES: Freshman Kellie Dineen had two assists in her collegiate debut ... Dineen was one of six freshman who made their Vermont debut at Gutterson Fieldhouse Saturday ... Vermont had scored just one goal in their previous two meetings against McGill