Lady Cats trounced at home

KYLE DEVIVO Staff WriterThe women’s hockey team’s losing streak was extended to eight games after a pair of losses at home to Wayne State last weekend. On Friday night, the Cats fell 5-3 to the Warriors, allowing four power play goals on ten penalties. Wayne State forwards Sam Poyton and Lindsay DiPietro each had two goals on the night. On Saturday afternoon, the Cats fell even harder, losing 7-0 in a game that in the end got out of hand on the scoreboard, with Wayne State notching two breakaway goals in the waning minutes of the game. On the weekend for the Cats, freshman Erin Barley- Maloney, sophomore Molly Morrison and junior captain Chelsea Furlani had a goal each. Freshman Caitlin Whit?lock was between the pipes Friday, saving 25 of the 30 shots she faced. In game two of the series, veteran Kristen Olychuck returned to the net and turned away 16 of the 23 shots that came her way. The real problem for the Catamounts of late has been their special teams. For the weekend they allowed seven power play goals on 15 penalties, and two weeks ago against Cornell they let up six power play goals in one game. They also had trouble scoring on their own power plays this weekend, scoring only twice on Wayne State’s 15 penalties. On Friday night, Wayne State’s four power play goals to Vermont’s two ended up being the difference in the 5-3 loss for UVM. Saturday, three early power play goals by the Warriors deflated the Catamounts’ chances of victory and took them out of the game early. The Cats’ offense of late has looked like the offense of the past few years that has struggled to put the puck in the net, and their penalty kill is not up to par. The schedule doesn’t get any easier in the near future, as the Catamounts will go on the road for games at Princeton, Quinnipiac, Clarkson and Maine and don’t return home until they face BU after Thanksgiving.