Junior goaltender Brittany Ott stops 25 shots to post third shutout of season for Black Bears

Junior goaltender Brittany Ott made 25 saves for the Black Bears

The University of Maine women's hockey team shutout the University of Vermont by a score of 3-0 on Sunday afternoon. The win puts the Black Bears at 15-8-6 on the season and 9-6-2 in conference play. The nine wins in conference play ties the most conference wins in Black Bear history. Vermont falls to 4-18-6 on the season and 3-12-2 in conference play. Dawn Sullivan (Enfield, Nova Scotia), Brittany Dougherty (Chesterfield, Mich.) and Missy Denk (Poplar Grove, Ill.) all netted goals for Maine.

Maine scored the first goal of the game at 6:09 when Dawn Sullivan found the back of the net, beating Vermont goalie Roxanne Douville on the lower left side. Danielle Ward (Lansing, Mich.) found Sullivan on the play to earn her 13th assist of the season, as did Brittany Dougherty, earning her 15th assist. The goal was Sullivan's 5th. Brittany Dougherty followed suit at 11:45 when she tallied her 15th goal of the season for the Black Bears, making the score 2-0. Danielle Ward dished out her second point of the night and 13th assist of the year while Jessica Hall (Ingersoll, Ontario) also assisted on the play for her fourth of the year. At the end of the first period, Maine had a 2-0 advantage over Vermont.

The second period saw plenty of action, including when Dominique Goutsis (Coquitlam, British Columbia) scored in front of the net. The play was reviewed by the officials and ultimately deemed no goal. Brittany Ott (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) continued her solid play in net, making 10 saves in the period for a total of 16 at the end of the second period. After two periods of play, the score remained 2-0 in favor of the Black Bears.

Vermont nearly got on the board in the third period when Chelsea Rapin came speeding down the left side of the ice and put a shot on net. Brittany Ott stopped the shot and tucked it in. The officials reviewed the play to see if the puck had crossed the line; however the call remained the same; no goal. Missy Denk sealed the deal for the Black Bears when she tallied her eighth goal of the season, giving the Black Bears a 3-0 lead. The play started when Kayla Kaluzny (Calgary, Alberta) caught a puck out of the air and dropped it on the ice. Kaluzny then found Denk who was waiting at the far post to put it away. The assist was Kaluzny's third of the year. When the final buzzer sounded, the game was finalized with the Black Bears shutting out Vermont, 3-0.

Brittany Ott earned her third shutout of the season by stopping all of the 25 shots she faced. Her record now improves to 11-7-3. Roxanne Douville snared 28 of the 31 shots that she face; however got the loss for the Catamounts. Her record falls to 3-13-5. Maine was 0-for-9 on the power play while Vermont was 0-for-5.

Maine will travel to Northeastern for a pair of games next weekend. The Saturday game will start at 2 p.m. while Sunday's game will begin at 2 p.m. as well.