BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Vermont Catamounts and Quinnipiac Bobcats registered a tie for the second consecutive game Saturday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
Olivia Kilberg and Alyssa Gorecki each registered a goal and two assists and Blanka Škodová stopped 34 shots for UVM (0-1-2, 0-1-0 WHEA). Taylor House and Courtney Vorster had two points (1 goal, 1 assist) and Abbie Ives tallied 19 saves for Quinnipiac (0-4-2, 0-0-0 ECAC).
"This team has improved immensely in a few short weeks," said head coach Jim Plumer. "It's definitely disappointing to not get the win, but we certainly played well enough against a very strong opponent. We've got to learn how to finish."
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Quinnipiac opened the scoring at 4:25 in the first period when Randi Marcon received a pass from Brooke Bonsteel and lifted a shot over the right shoulder of Škodová.
- Kilberg tied it up for the Catamounts 1:15 later when Taylor Flaherty sent her on a partial breakaway. The sophomore forward snapped a shot that beat Ives short-side for her first of the season.
- Vermont took the lead on two quick goals before the midway point of the second period. Ali O'Leary collected a pass from Kilberg and whistled a shot through the legs of Ives with 11:06 left in the frame. Gorecki registered her first goal of the season 39 seconds later on another assist by Kilberg.
- The Bobcats cut the lead with 18 seconds left in the middle period on a power play goal by House. Kati Tabin fired a shot from the point and House cleaned up the rebound to make it 3-2 heading into the third period.
- Quinnipiac had several isolated chances to tie the game despite being stymied by the Catamounts' defense. The closest opportunity came when Lexie Adzija intercepted a pass and neared the Vermont goal all alone. The Quinnipiac rookie rang a shot off the crossbar, keeping the game tied.
- Vorster tied the game for the Bobcats with 31.2 seconds left following a faceoff in the offensive zone. Quinnipiac won the draw and Brooke Bonsteel dished a pass to Vorster who snuck a shot between the pads of Škodová.
- Vermont trailed 4-2 in overtime shots on goal, but came close to winning when Theresa Schafzahl's wrist shot was deflected and almost fooled the Quinnipiac goaltender.
- Blanka Škodová's start in goal was the first of the Czech Republic native's young career. Corinne McCool also made her collegiate debut, lining up as a forward.
- Olivia Kilberg's three points were a single-game career high, while senior captain Alyssa Gorecki matched her career-best three points.
- The Vermont defense held Quinnipiac to zero shots for the first 15 minutes of the third period.
Vermont travels to New Hampshire for its first road trip of the season Friday (Oct. 19) at Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.