BURLINGTON, Vt. - Two goals in the final minutes of the opening period were the only tallies of the game as the Vermont Catamounts skated to a 1-1 tie with the Quinnipiac Bobcats Friday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
Melissa Black registered 25 saves and Ève-Audrey Picard scored the lone goal for the Catamounts who move to 0-1-1 (0-1-0 WHEA). Taylor House netted the goal for Quinnipiac (0-4-1, 0-4-0 ECAC) and Abbie Ives stopped 25 shots.
"We consistently improved throughout the game tonight and I thought we played our best two period of the year in the second and third," said head coach Jim Plumer. "I'm excited to see the team keep it going tomorrow."
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Bobcats opened the scoring late in the first period on a shorthanded goal by Taylor House. The sophomore forward intercepted a breakout pass and stickhandled around the Vermont defense before snapping shot over Black's shoulder with 1:17 left on the clock.
- Vermont responded 21 seconds later as time remained on the power play. Maude Poulin-Labelle gained the blue line and fired a pass to Picard in the slot, where the junior's one-timer crossed the line before Ives could make a save. The goal was confirmed by video review. Sammy Kolowrat was credited with the secondary assist.
- The two teams skated to a scoreless second period with the Catamounts owning a 10-7 advantage in shots and both teams earning one power play each.
- UVM stifled a Quinnipiac surge to start the third period as Black made a series of big saves through heavy traffic.
- Theresa Schafzahl almost took the lead for the Catamounts inside the nine-minute mark when her rebound attempt trickled just wide of the Quinnipiac goal. With 6:30 left, Olivia Kilberg's shot slipped through the pads of Ives, but a defender cleared the puck away to preserve the tie.
- Vermont faced adversity to end the third period with the final 1:19 on the penalty kill, but the special teams unit stymied Quinnipiac to send the game to overtime.
- UVM earned a power play opportunity with 1:13 left in the extra frame but were unable to capitalize despite outshooting the Bobcats 3-1 in the five minute period.
- Poulin-Labelle's assist on the opening goal was her first collegiate point.
- Black recorded two saves on the penalty kill late in the third period and the special teams unit tallied four blocked shots in the 1:19 time span.
The Catamounts return to action Saturday (Oct. 13) for part two of the home series with Quinnipiac. Puck drop is slated for 2 p.m. at Gutterson Fieldhouse.