Senior assistant captain Danielle Rancourt scored two goals to lead the Catamounts to a 3-2 win over Northeastern in Hockey East play Saturday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
Katie MacSorley opened the scoring for the second straight game as she scored her ninth goal of the season 6:46 into the first period. MacSorley beat a Vermont defender one-on-one and poked the puck past Vermont goaltender Roxanne Douville for her third goal of the weekend series.
The Catamounts responded five minutes later. Delia McNally passed back to the point and Dayna Colang one-timed a high slap shot at Northeastern goaltender Chloe Desjardins. Desjardins made the initial save but Rancourt stashed the rebound home for her first goal of the season at the 11:52 mark.
The second period was a scoreless affair in which the Catamounts outshot the Huskies 13-7. However Vermont headed to the power play to start the third period after MacSorley took a tripping penalty in the Catamounts zone with .2 seconds left in the second period.
Vermont converted 39 seconds into its power play to take a 2-1 lead. Amanda Pelkey walked into the slot and fired a quick wrist shot past Desjardins for her team-leading 11th goal of the season.
The Catamounts struck again 38 seconds later. Rancourt redirected a Breanne Sundquist point-shot past Desjardins for her second goal of the night.
Northeastern answered back with 11:50 left in the third period. Melissa Haganey scored her first career goal after she collected the rebound off a Heather Mottau shot from the point and put it past an outstretched Douville.
Late in the game Douville stood on her head to preserve the Catamounts lead. She made 13 saves in the third period including three during an extended Huskies five-on-three power play to earn her fourth win of the season.
"I'm happy for the entire group because they really worked hard for this win today," said head coach Jim Plumer. "Nothing comes easy for us but we have made great strides over the least few weekends. We're hoping we can keep the positive momentum rolling with three games in the next week.
Vermont returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Providence, R.I. for the Catamounts first meeting with Brown (7 p.m.) since 2010.
Wisconsin-Green Bay used a late run in the first-half to build a big lead, and held on in the second half to earn to earn a 74-57 victory over Vermont in the championship game of UVM's own TD Bank Classic Tournament on Saturday at Patrick Gym. Wisconsin-Green Bay moves to 4-1 on the season, while Vermont falls to 1-3 overall.
Freshman Kylie Butler, who was named to the all-tournament team, was Vermont's leading scorer with 16 points on 4-7 shooting from the field. She also led the squad with a career-high nine rebounds in the contest. Junior Niki Taylor chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds for the Catamounts.
The two teams traded buckets throughout much of the first half before Butler hit a free throw to give Vermont a four-point lead, 19-15, with 8:15 to play in the period. Sam Terry then hit a three pointer for Wisconsin-Green Bay, which sparked a 22-4 run to close out the half for the Phoenix. Megan Lukan and Sam Terry combined for 11 points to lead UWGB during the run.
The Phoenix took a 37-23 lead over the Catamounts into the half after shooting 66.7% from long-range.
Wisconsin-Green Bay opened the second stanza by scoring the first 13 points to extend its lead to 50-23 at the 14:44 mark. Breannah Ranger and Mariah Monke added three points apiece during the stretch to help pad UWGB's lead.
Vermont responded with its own seven-point run to cut the lead to 50-30 with 12:35 remaining. Butler led the charge for the Catamounts, converting a layup and a pair of free throws, before Kristina White knocked down a three pointer to cap the run.
The teams traded buckets throughout much of the remaining 12-plus minutes, but the Catamounts weren't able to manage a comeback, as they fell by a final of 74-57.
Wisconsin-Green Bay captured its second TD Bank Classic championship after winning the tournament back in 2004.
The Catamounts are back in action on Tuesday (Nov. 26) when they travel to Staten Island, N.Y. to take on Wagner at 7 p.m.
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