Jan. 10, 2014
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) picked up her third-straight 30-save performance, but two second-period goals were the difference to lead Vermont (9-9-4, 5-3-1 WHEA) past the UConn women’s hockey team (4-14-2, 1-5-1 WHEA) by a score of 3-0 on Friday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
The Huskies were shut out by Vermont for the second time this year, as UVM’s Madison Litchfield stopped all 24 shots she faced. Vermont held a 33-24 advantage in shots on goal while going 1-for-4 on the power play, and UConn couldn’t connect on six power play chances.
The two teams were scoreless after a period of action, as Vermont held a 10-7 edge in shots on goal in the opening stanza. The Catamounts killed off a UConn power play and all but 17 seconds of another in the period, which they were able to relinquish fully at the outset of the second period.
After UConn’s early scond period power play chance was curbed, the Huskies took a hooking call and Vermont went on the m an advantage. Just 10 seconds into the power play Vermont capitalized, with Delia McNally beating Chuli to put the Cats up 1-0. UVM added another goal at the end of the period, when Amanda Pelkey scored her WHEA-best 16th goal of the season to make it a two-goal game.
The Huskies went on the power play about six minutes into the third, but blasts from the point by Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) and Kayla Campero (Wallingford, Conn.) were the best opportunities they could generate and were both turned aside by Litchfield. A pair of UConn minors left the Huskies facing 90 seconds of 5-on-3 midway through the period, but Chuli and blocked shots from Erin Burns (Listowel, Ontario) and Jessica Stott (Niverville, Manitoba) allowed the Huskies to kill off both.
Litchfield made a big save on a Campero rebound effort with 5:43 remaining, but the ensuing scrum led to a UVM penalty and put UConn back on the power play. Dayna Colang was called for hooking 1:16 into the advantage, giving UConn 44 seconds of 5-on-3 but it couldn’t capitalize on either advantage. The Huskies took a timeout with 1:45 to play in regulation and a 4-on-4 scenario upcoming, and pulled Chuli moments later. Brittany Zuback capped the Vermont scoring with an empty netter with 21.8 seconds to play, giving the Catamounts a 3-0 victory.
UConn and Vermont return to action tomorrow afternoon in Burlington at 4 p.m. to close their Hockey East and season series.