Kyle Reynolds netted a pair of goals for the second time in three games and Brody Hoffman made 19 saves for his second career shutout as Vermont picked up a 3-0 Hockey East victory over Maine on Saturday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Catamounts improve to 8-14-4 (5-10-4 HEA) with the win, while the Black Bears fall to 8-15-5 (4-10-5 HEA).
Vermont snapped Maine's four-game unbeaten streak with the shutout and clinched the regular season series with the Black Bears, taking five of a possible six points in three meetings. With eight games remaining, the Catamounts take over the league's eighth and final playoff spot by one point over Maine and earn the tiebreaker by winning the season series.
"This is definitely our biggest win of the season. We just won a series against Maine (2-0-1), which is the first tiebreaker," said Reynolds. "We just did the little things, out-hit them, out-blocked them, out-chanced them. You've got to give a lot of credit to Hoffman. He kept us in the game. If they score in the first 10 minutes, it's a whole different game."
Brianne Kilgour had two goals and an assist as the Maine Black Bears scored four first period goals to defeat Vermont 4-3 Saturday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Hockey East action.
The Catamounts started the game on the power play because the Black Bears received a bench minor due to lineup infraction. Vermont took advantage of the early opportunity. Emily Walsh tipped home a Gina Repaci point shot to give Vermont an 1-0 lead 1:36 into the contest.
The Black Bears quickly recovered netting the equalizer just 31 seconds later. Kilgour took advantage of a rebound that bounced off the glass and back in front of the net. Her backhand attempt was deflected by a Vermont defender up and over Roxanne Douville (24 saves) for her fifth goal of the season.
It was the start of a big period for Maine, which scored three more goals to take a 4-1 lead into the second.
The Catamounts sustained pressure in the Maine zone for the final 40 minutes, adding two more scores but they were unable to equalize. Ott earned her fifth win of the season making 37 saves for the Black Bears.
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