|1st||10:24||VER||1-0||EV||Rachael Ade (4)||Alyssa Gorecki/6, Bella Webster/1|
|2nd||3:21||VER||2-0||PP||Bridget Baker (7)||Daria O'Neill/7|
|2nd||18:53||YAL||1-2||EV||Mallory Souliotis (1)||Krista Yip-Chuck/13, Eden Murray/14|
|3rd||17:27||YAL||2-2||EV GT||Eden Murray (5)||Krista Yip-Chuck/14, Laura Anderson/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Tera Hofmann (T, 2-4-3)||65:00||2||9||8||6||2||25|
|Melissa Black (T, 3-3-2)||64:48||2||5||5||5||3||18|
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Rachael Ade and Bridget Baker teamed up to construct a two-goal lead for Vermont but Yale lit the lamp late in the second and third periods to seal a 2-2 tie on Friday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
The Catamounts, now unbeaten in nine of their last 10 games, move to 7-6-5 on the season while the result puts Yale at 4-7-3.
Melissa Black recorded 18 saves for UVM to preserve the draw while Yale's Tera Hofmann countered with 25 stops.
"Credit to Yale for their comeback," said head coach Jim Plumer. "I thought we got better as the game went on but we didn't put the game away when we had the chance. I look forward to the opportunity for us to be better tomorrow."
For the third consecutive game the Catamounts opened the scoring, going ahead on Ade's tally at 10:24 of the first period. Alyssa Gorecki skated along the left wing into the offensive zone, sending a behind-the-net pass towards Bella Webster on the doorstep. After the feed skipped skipped past Webster, Ade corralled the puck and fired past Hofmann.
Yale worked to even the score at one apiece in the waning stages of the first period, controlling the offensive zone for most of the final minute. The Bulldogs managed to cycle the puck but a key block by Kourtney Menches broke up the sequence as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
Vermont moved the lead to 2-0 in the second period, doubling its advantage at the 3:21 mark. Baker walked into the offensive zone along the right wing boards and sent a wrister into the back of the net. Daria O'Neill was credited an assist on the power play goal.
The final stages of the period saw the Bulldogs narrow the score to 2-1 when Mallory Souliotis sent the puck through traffic from the right point.
Yale netted the equalizer with only 2:33 to play in regulation. Krista Yip-Chuck took a pass at the blue line from Laura Anderson and skated in on a breakaway before Black turned aside her backhand attempt. However, Eden Murray was there to clean up the loose puck, ultimately lighting the lamp.
Both teams had opportunities in overtime as Vermont mustered two shots on goal and Yale had three. UVM played down a skater throughout the middle stages of OT after a minor penalty assessed to Ève-Audrey Picard gave the Bulldogs a power play.
The Catamounts were 7-for-7 on the penalty kill, now keeping opponents scoreless on their last 25 opportunities dating back to Nov. 20.
Both teams say goodbye to the calendar year on Saturday (Dec. 31), returning to Gutterson Fieldhouse for a noon matinee. Fans who purchase a ticket to Saturday's women's hockey game can follow up the matinee with a discounted $10 ticket to the men's rendezvous with Bentley, which begins at 4 p.m.