BURLINGTON, Vt. – After 60 minutes of regulation and a five minute overtime period, the battle between the UConn women’s ice hockey team and the University of Vermont ended in a 1-1 tie Sunday at Gutterson Field House in Burlington, Vt.
Junior Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) was responsible for UConn’s only goal 12:07 into the game, which evened the score 1-1 after UConn trailed Vermont 1-0 at the start. Both goals were scored in the first period and the Huskies and the Catamounts played over 52 minutes of scoreless play to end in a tie.
The Huskies, who recorded their second tie of the season and first tie in Hockey East games Sunday, are now 8-4-2 overall with a 3-2-1 WHEA record. Sunday marked Vermont’s fourth tie of the season, all four of which came against conference opponents. The Catamounts are now 3-5-4 and 2-2-4 in WHEA games.
UVM struck first 10:03 into the game off a give-and-go resulting in a goal from Rachael Ade to put Vermont up 1-0. The Huskies turned around and tied things up just two minutes later when Fredette followed through on her own rebound and found the back of the net.
That marked Fredette’s second goal of the season to give her a combined four points so far this year. Leading scorer, junior Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) earned her ninth helper of the season on Fredette’s goal, which ties freshman Briana Colangelo (Whitby, Ont.) for the most assists on the squad. Junior Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) also took credit for an assist on the play.
UConn led UVM 15-11 in shots in the first period.
The Huskies and the Catamounts played a scoreless second period to leave the score locked at 1-1 after two periods. Although UVM outshot UConn 7-5 in the middle frame, the Huskies maintained their overall edge on shots, leading the Catamounts 20-18 overall in shots through the second period.
UConn successfully killed off back-to-back tripping penalties in the second to preserve the tie score. The Huskies had one power play opportunity in the back half of the second period when Vermont took a seat for hooking with just over five minutes to play in the period. No score resulted from the man-advantage.
UConn started off the third with an early power play chance after UVM was charged for hooking just seven seconds into the frame, but the Huskies could not break the tie.
UVM received another power play opportunity 4:46 into the third when sophomore Kayla Mee (Stonewall, Manitoba) was called for hooking.
Junior goaltender Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) saw plenty of reps on this penalty kill, making three crucial saves to keep the score even 1-1. She finished with 26 total saves. The third period ended with no tie-breaking score and the game went into overtime.
Fredette and Knutson both registered shots on goal at the start of the overtime period, but neither resulted in a goal.
UConn went up on the power play 1:25 into extra minutes when UVM was called for tripping. Freshman Catherine Crawley (Washingtonville, N.Y.) had a good scoring chance right out of the gates on the power play, but could not find the back of the net.
Fredette put up another good chance just moments after, followed up by a nice shot from senior Kelly Harris (Canton, Mich.). After UVM’s penalty expired, the Catamounts had two shots that were both blocked to end the overtime period and make the end result a 1-1 tie.
The Huskies finished on top in overall shots 32-27.
UConn will meet Yale in the first round of the 2016 Nutmeg Classic, hosted by Quinnipiac, on Friday, Nov. 25. Puck drop is scheduled for 6 p.m.