Junior forward Amanda Pelkey posts two goals and two assists for Catamounts

Junior forward Amanda Pelkey had two goals and two assists for the Catamounts

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Amanda Pelkey and Dayna Colang had four points to lead Vermont to its first win of the season, 5-2 over RIT Saturday afternoon in non-conference action at Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena.

The Catamounts opened the scoring 3:20 into the first period. Brittany Zuback scored her second goal of the season to put Vermont on the board, assisted by Pelkey and Ashley Salerno.

RIT answered back at the 12:45 mark of the first period. Lindsay Stenason scored her first goal of the season on Vermont goaltender Madison Litchfield, who was making her first collegiate start.

Vermont's power play took control late in the first period. Pelkey scored her first of the night at the 14:58 mark and Colang added another just over two minutes later.

Pelkey struck again at the 7:39 mark of the second period. Colang picked up her third point of the night with an assist on Pelkey's tally. Pelkey became the first Catamount to register a multi-goal game this season.

At the 9:33 mark of the second period the Catamounts picked up their fifth and final goal of the game. Freshman Victoria Andreakos scored her second goal of the season to give the Catamounts a four-goal cushion. Colang added another assist to make it a four-point afternoon for the sophomore.

Colang and Pelkey's four points in a single game are the most by a Catamount since Klara Myren had four against New Hampshire on Oct. 16 of last season.

The Tigers got one goal back with 32 seconds left in the third period, as Kolbee McCrea scored her third of the season to make it 5-2.

Litchfield picked up her first career win as she made 32 saves in the Vermont net.

"It was a great team win today," said head coach Jim Plumer. "We finally got back to playing smart, fundamental hockey and it paid off. Madison Litchfield was outstanding in her collegiate debut."

Vermont returns to action next Saturday (3 p.m.) as they continue its seven-game road trip with a single game at RPI.

NOTES: Vermont was 2-for-6 on the power play, and held the Tigers scoreless in seven power play opportunities ... The Catamounts are now 2-5-4 in 11 meetings with RIT.