HAMILTON, N.Y. - Colgate scored two third period goals to come from behind and tie Vermont in the second straight contest Sunday afternoon at Starr Rink in non-conference action.
The Catamounts opened the scoring 5:12 into the first period after successfully killing off a Colgate power play. Brittany Zuback took advantage off an errant Raiders pass, skated the puck behind the Colgate net and cycled the puck to Amanda Pelkey. Pelkey wrapped around the net and beat Colgate goaltender Brittney Brooks (24 saves) with a backhand shot along the ice for her team leading 12th goal of the season.
Vermont stretched its lead to two goals 4:11 into the second period. Delia McNally stripped a Colgate defender deep in the Raiders zone and got a quick shot off, Brooks pushed it aside with her pad but Danielle Rancourt collected the rebound and put away her third goal of the season.
In the third period the Raiders struck twice in 34 seconds to even the game at two apiece. Taylor Volpe broke into the offensive zone and fired a wrist shot past the glove of Vermont goaltender Roxanne Douville (28 saves) to cut the lead to one with 7:56 left in the period. After giving up the goal Vermont took a slashing penalty 20 seconds later.
The Raiders had been 0-for-9 on the man-advantage over the course of the weekend but they worked quickly this time. Miriam Drubel and Volpe got shots off in front of the net that Douville stopped but Taylor Craig put home the game-tying goal with 7:22 left in regulation.
The teams went into overtime and Colgate had three shots on a power play that was called late in the third period but Douville held the Raiders at bay as the teams settled for another 2-2 tie.
"We battled hard again today and it's disappointing that we haven't been able to hold a third period lead for the third straight game," said head coach Jim Plumer. "It's part of the learning process and we will continue to try to get better."
The Catamounts close out 2013 on Wednesday, December 11 when they travel to face Dartmouth in a non-conference tilt.