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Saleah Morrison scored the game-winner for the Catamounts
Burlington, Vt. - Senior captain Celeste Doucet (Memramcook, New Brunswick) had a goal and an assist, and three other seniors scored as Vermont picked up their first win of the season defeating Yale 4-1 Friday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
Senior forward Teddy Fortin (Brunswick, Maine) opened the scoring for the Catamounts with a power-play goal at 16:34 of the first period. Fortin grabbed the rebound of a shot, from Chelsea Rapin (Walled Lake, Mich.) from behind the net and quickly wrapped it around to the other side to give Vermont their first lead at home this season. Danielle Rancourt (Sudbury, Ontario) was credited with the second assist.
In the second period Vermont extended their lead when Emily Walsh (Suffield, Conn.) gathered her own rebound from behind the net and passed to an open Saleah Morrison (Selkirk, Manitoba). Morrison one-timed it and the puck deflected off a defender sailing high past the glove hand of Yale goalie Jackee Snikeris. Morrison's goal gave the Catamounts a two-goal lead with 9:55 left in the second period.
Yale pulled within one late in the second period. Jenna Ciotti collected a loose puck
in the slot and fired a wrist shot top corner on Vermont goaltender Roxanne Douville (Beloeil, Quebec) to pull the Bulldogs within one at the 17:49 mark of the second period.
Vermont scored just 3:31 into the third period to re-establish control of the game. Snikeris made an initial save on Doucet in the slot but the puck squirted out to Peggy Wakeham (Bay Roberts, Newfoundland) near the bottom of the right circle, who put it in the open net. Kellie Dineen (Faribault, Minn.) picked up an assist on the play, her first collegiate point.
Doucet put the game out of reach with an empty netter in the final minute. She took a loose puck from the Vermont defensive zone and fired a slap-shot from the red line that sailed into the net.
Douville made 19 saves for Vermont, picking up her first collegiate win. Vermont outshot Yale 33-18.
Vermont returns to action tomorrow afternoon when it faces Yale starting at 2 p.m.