BURLINGTON, Vt. - After Vermont rallied from two goals down in the third period Larissa Martyniuk scored the game-winning goal with 6:29 left in regulation as Syracuse swept the non-conference weekend series at Gutterson Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon.
For the second straight afternoon the Orange opened the scoring. At the midway point of the first period on the power play Nicole Renault walked in from the point and beat Vermont goaltender Roxanne Douville with a wrist shot through traffic. Kaillie Goodnough picked up the lone assist on Renault's third goal of the season.
After a scoreless second frame the Orange extended its lead to two goals at the 4:56 mark of the third period. Melissa Piacentini picked off a breakout pass in the Vermont zone and walked in alone on Douville and beat her high to the glove side for her fourth goal of the season.
Faced with a two-goal third period deficit for the second straight afternoon the Catamounts pressed on unfazed. In transition Brittany Zuback fed a pass to Sarah Kelly who broke in alone on Syracuse goaltender Jenescia Drinkwater. Kelly beat her with a backhand shot just under her arm for her first career goal. Kelly's tally, at the 7:19 mark, was also assisted by Bridget Baker.
The Catamounts evened the score on the power play with 8:12 left in regulation. Ashley Salerno blocked a Syracuse clearing attempt and managed to tip the puck past a Syracuse defender to Victoria Andreakos. Andreakos lost control of the puck but Amanda Pelkey corralled the loose puck, walked into the slot and scored her 15th goal of the season with a backhand shot that was labeled for the top corner.
Pelkey's timely tally set a new single-season Vermont record for goals, surpassing Brittany Zuback's record of 14 from a year ago.
With 6:29 left in the third period Martyniuk gave the Orange the lead for a good with a precise shot from the point. With traffic in front of Douville Martyniuk one-timed a pass from Heather Schwarz that deflected off the crossbar and in for the freshman's first career game-winning goal.
"This was another game between two evenly matched teams," said head coach Jim Plumer. "In a game like this it's going to come down to someone making a key play and Syracuse made one more than we did. I wish we'd play 60 minutes at the same intensity we did for the last 15."
Vermont continues its home stand at Gutterson Fieldhouse next weekend as they host Connecticut in a two-game Hockey East series. The Catamounts face the Huskies at 7 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.