Fifth time is not a charm

Despite a valiant effort in both halves of a twin-bill against Boston University last weekend, the UVM women’s hockey team was swept by a strong BU team. In both games, the Catamounts found open shots hard to come by. On Friday night, the Catamounts’ lone goal came from an unlikely source – goalie Kristen Olychuck. On a wild play, Olychuck was the last Catamount to touch the puck on a delayed UVM penalty. BU accidentally scored on its own empty net while trying to gain an extra player during the delay. No matter, Olychuck became the first UVM women’s goalie to ever be credited with a goal. While the bizarre play electrified the crowd and pulled the Cats within a goal of the Terriers in the third period, the game was put away by BU’s Melissa Anderson with just 4:16 remaining in the final period. The Catamounts fared no better on Saturday afternoon and were blanked by BU goalie Allyse Wilcox. The Terriers notched the win, despite being out-shot by the Cats 11-2 in the final frame. “There were a lot of good things happening in the third period,” UVM head coach Tim Bothwell said. “Overall, we really outworked [BU] over the last two periods save for the final five minutes of the second period.” It was during that five-minute stretch in the second where all the game’s scoring was done. BU freshman Holly Dorms scored falling down from center ice, slicing a shot to the right of Olychuck and in to the bottom of the net with 5:17 remaining in the second period. Junior Caroline Bourdeau made it a 2-0 game just three minutes later by taking a rebound and putting it over the pads of a sprawled-out Olychuck. UVM would mount a furious attack in the final period with a barrage of shots, however Wilcox held out against the Catamount forward pressure. “We need to recognize our opportunities on the net and be a bit more mindful of getting to pucks off rebounds,” Bothwell said. The coach was optimistic, however. “There were lots of really good things going on.” Vermont’s unforgiving schedule doesn’t get easier next weekend, where they will head to New Hampshire to face the second-ranked Wildcats.