BURLINGTON, Vt. - The eighth-ranked Northeastern Huskies (7-1-1, 6-0-1 WHEA) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and never looked back as they went on the defeat the Vermont Catamounts (1-4-2, 1-4-0 WHEA) Tuesday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
"Credit to Northeastern as they were the better team tonight," said head coach Jim Plumer. We weren't able to match their intensity at the start. We've got to find a way to start games stronger."
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Huskies went on attack early with an overwhelming shot-advantage that ultimately led to an opening goal by Katie Cipra. Matti Hartman dished a pass to Cipra in the slot where she ripped a shot under the glove of Melissa Black (7 saves).
- Alina Mueller and Chloé Aurard added goals later on in the period for a 3-0 lead through the first 20 minutes.
- Vermont applied pressure in the second period and were rewarded with Val Caldwell's first goal of the season as she fooled Aerin Frankel (13 saves) in net. Maude Poulin-Labelle and Čve-Audrey Picard assisted on the sophomore forward's marker.
- Blanka Škodová (17 saves) entered the game to start the middle frame and halted all 11 shots she faced that period.
- The rookie goaltender went on to stop six more shots in the third period for zero goals allowed through two periods of work.
- Northeastern's Tori Sullivan sealed the game with an empty-netter in the final minutes as the Catamounts brought on the extra attacker.
- The Tuesday game marks the first of a three-game homestand as well as one of four games in the next seven days for Vermont.
The Catamounts return to action Friday when they open up a two-game series with Hockey East foe New Hampshire at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Puck drop is slated for 2 p.m.