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Maine junior Dawn Sullivan scored the game-winner at 19:51 of the third period
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Dawn Sullivan scored with nine seconds left in the third period to give the Maine Black Bears a 3-2 win over Vermont in Hockey East action Friday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
Maine jumped on the scoreboard first after taking advantage of a five-minute major hitting from behind penalty on Vermont. The Black Bears would set up on the 5-on-3 power play as Jordan Colliton slid the puck to Jennie Gallo who beat Roxanne Douville glove side for her team leading fifth power-play goal of the season.
Vermont responded at the 17:08 mark of the first period on the power play. Hannah Westbrook found Erin Wente open in the slot and she beat Brittany Ott with a wrist shot over her left shoulder to even the score at one apiece. Kailey Nash was credited with the second assist on the play.
After a scoreless second period, Brittany Dougherty put Maine back on top with the Black Bears' second power-play goal of the game. Sullivan found Dougherty in front who beat Douville with a low backhand, giving Maine its second lead of the contest at the 2:36 mark of the third.
Vermont came right back and tied the game just 45 seconds later when Wente scored her second goal of the game. Jul Sifers passed to Lindsey Cashman who found Wente open in front of the net. She beat Ott with a high wrist shot to tie the game again.
With nine seconds left in the third period, Sullivan forced a turnover and walked in alone on Douville. Sullivan appeared to beat Douville on a high shot that hit the post before crossing the line. The play was reviewed by the officials and would stand as a goal giving Maine the 3-2 win.
Douville recorded 20 saves in the losing effort while Ott stopped 29 shots earning her sixth win of the season.
The win moves Maine to 7-6-3 overall and 2-2-2 in Hockey East play. The loss drops Vermont to 1-8-8 and 0-6-4 in league play. Maine extended their unbeaten streak to six games.
Vermont returns to action Saturday afternoon when it faces Maine in Hockey East play starting at 4 p.m.
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