BURLINGTON, Vt. – A second period goal from senior Margaret Zimmer (St. Charles, Ill.) helped the UConn women’s ice hockey team top Vermont 2-1 in game-one Friday on the road at Gutterson Field House.
The win moves UConn to 10-12-5 overall in 6-8-3 in Hockey East play while Vermont drops to 6-20-2 overall and 4-12-2 in the conference.
UConn opened the scoring three minutes into the first period when sophomore Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) scored her fifth goal of the season to give the Huskies an early 1-0 lead. Seniors Leah Buress (Windsor, Ont.) and Caitlin Hewes (Stillwater, Minn.) took credit for the assists.
Vermont tied things up 16:03 into the first and, despite a late power play opportunity for UConn, the score remained tied 1-1 going into the first break.
Zimmer regained the lead for UConn 6:36 into the second, scoring off a rocket from the point. Sophomores Madison Badeau (Courtice, Ont.)and Lindsay Roethke (Buffalo, Minn.) picked up the game-winning assists on Zimmer’s goal.
Despite Vermont putting up 32 shots on goal, the Huskies held off the Catamounts and maintained their 2-1 lead for the remaining 13 minutes of the second and the entire third period. Senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) turned away 31 pucks and recorded her fifth win of the season.
The Huskies and the Catamounts meet again tomorrow, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. for game-two at Gutterson Field House in Burlington, Vt.