BURLINGTON, Vt. – The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team fell in the first of a two-game weekend series at the University of Vermont Friday night, 3-1.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 10-14-2 overall and to 6-7-1 in Hockey East action while the Catamounts improve to 7-15-3 on the year and to 5-6-3 in conference action.
The first period saw dominant offense by the Wildcats, outshooting Vermont by a margin of 11-4. UNH netminder Jenn Gilligan (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) turned away all four shots she faced while Vermont goalie Roxanne Douville made saves on all 11 shots the 'Cats sent at her. At the end of the first stanza, the score was deadlocked, 0-0.
Vermont took a 1-0 lead at 6:24 of the second period when Amanda Pelkey tallied her sixth goal of the year. She was assisted by Gina Repaci on the play. Brittany Zuback tallied her first of two goals on the night on a power play nearly seven minutes later. She was unassisted. Shots-on-goal were even in the second period with each team firing 10. At the end of two periods, UVM held a 2-0 lead.
Zuback notched her second goal of the night at 2:06 of the third period, totaling 12 on the year. Pelkey assisted Zuback on the play for her second point of the night.
Arielle O'Neill (St. Catherines, Ontario) got the Wildcats on the board with 1:53 remaining in regulation. Katie Brock (Marblehead, Mass.) tallied her fourth assist of the year on the play while the goal was O'Neill's sixth of the season. After three periods of play, the 'Cats ultimately fell to the Catamounts, 3-1.
Gilligan received the decision in net for New Hampshire after making 17 saves on 20 shots faced. Her record falls to 7-4-1 on the year. Douville earned her fifth win of the year as her record improves to 5-12-3 overall. She made 32 saves on the 33 shots the Wildcats sent at her. New Hampshire was held scoreless on the power play, going 0-for-3 while Vermont went 1-for-1 on the advantage.
The two teams will conclude the regular season series Saturday as they stay at the University of Vermont. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m.