TROY, N.Y. - Dayna Colang scored two goals as the Catamounts defeated Rensselaer 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Houston Field House in non-conference action.
Colang opened the scoring for the Catamounts 13:10 into the first period. She collected a Rensselaer clearing attempt at the point and fired a hard low shot at Kelly O'Brien the Engineers goaltender. Her shot through traffic slipped past O'Brien for Colang's fifth point in the last two games.
After the first period the Catamounts made a goaltending switch. Freshman Madison Litchfield replaced Roxanne Douville after she made 10 saves in the opening frame.
The Engineers equalized with 8:04 left in the second period. Katie Rooney won a puck battle on the half boards and fed Toni Sanders who walked into the slot and roofed a wicked shot past Litchfield for her first goal of the season.
Junior captain Breanne Sundquist, making her first appearance of the season, put Vermont back in front 2:11 into the third period. She collected a rebound off a point-blank Brittany Zuback shot and scored her first of the season on a backhand past a sprawled O'Brien.
Colang struck again on the power play at the 11:04 mark of the third period to put the Engineers away. Colang's team-leading fourth goal of the season was assisted by Ashley Salerno and Amanda Pelkey.
Litchfield picked up her second career win making 29 saves in relief of Douville.
"It's great to see us finish at both ends of the ice," said head coach Jim Plumer. "Our goaltending was strong and we were able to capitalize on our chances. We're getting better and I'd like to see that trend continue."
Vermont continues its season long seven-game road trio with a two-game series at Robert Morris next weekend. The Catamounts will face the Colonials at 7 p.m. on Friday night and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
NOTES: Dayna Colang now has six points in her last two games ... Klara Myren and Breanne Sundquist made their regular season debut this afternoon ... Madison Litchfield is now 2-0-0 in three appearances this season