Freshman defenseman Gina Repaci scored the game-winning goal for the Catamounts
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Gina Repaci scored her first career goal 2:25 into the third period as the Catamounts extended their program record unbeaten streak to six games with a 2-1 win over the Colgate Raiders Saturday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
The Catamounts opened the scoring 15:11 into the first period. Emily Walsh cleared the Vermont defensive zone with a long pass through the neutral zone off the boards. Brittany Zuback collected the puck just inside the Raiders zone and beat Colgate netminder Ashlynne Rando with a quick low shot for her team leading tenth goal of the season.
The Raiders equalized 4:29 into the second period on a three-on-two rush. Miriam Drubel hit Melissa Kueber in stride with a pass as she cut in alone on Vermont goaltender Kelci Lanthier. Lanthier made the initial save, but Kueber corralled the rebound from behind the net and her centering attempt was stashed home by Jenna Klynstra for her fourth goal of the season.
After killing off a series of penalties to start the third period the Catamounts scored the game-winning goal on the power play just 2:25 into the final frame. Meghan Huertas stepped into the slot from the point and fed a pass to Repaci who cut down the wing and beat Rando with a wrist shot for her first career goal.
"After the first power play we talked about trying to move the puck quickly up top and get a shot and they played right into it," said head coach Jim Plumer. "So it was nice to see us make the adjustment and have it work, and it was nice to see Gina get her first goal."
Lanthier shut down the Raiders from that point on to earn her second win of the season with a 31 save effort.
Vermont closes out its two game series against Colgate tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.
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NOTES: Vermont is now on a three game-winning streak for the first time since January 2, 2012 ... Brittany Zuback needs one more goal to tie the UVM Division I record for goals in a single season ... With her assist today Amanda Pelkey has nine points in the nine games she has played since returning to the lineup.