Women’s hockey pulls off upset win over No. 6 BU

After a pair of blowout defeats at the hands of Clarkson last weekend, the women’s hockey team did not seem ripe for an upset win over No. 6 Boston University on Friday. Unfortunately for the Terriers, that’s exactly what happened. Despite BU’s rank, as well as the fact that they had previously been undefeated in Hockey East play, UVM pulled off the upset 3-2. It was the first win over a ranked opponent in the program’s 13-year history. “That was just an awesome win for us and it came from a total team effort,” head coach Tim Bothwell said. UVM’s first goal came on the power play – a facet of their game that has struggled at times this season – scored by sophomore Teddy Fortin. Fortin would add another power play goal midway through the second period. UVM’s other tally was notched by sophomore Celeste Doucet late in the first period. Vermont carried a three-goal lead into the third period, but BU had not thrown in the towel yet. Their first goal of the game came fairly early in the period on a power play off a one-timer by Amanda Shaw. Then on a four-on-four late in the game, BU forward Gina Kearns intercepted a clearing pass and worked her way through the defense to put it past senior UVM goaltender Ashley Walenty. This brought the score to 3-2 where, despite a strong push from BU in the waning seconds of the game, the score would remain. Walenty had 34 saves on 36 shots in the game and was the main component for her Lady Cat’s victory. On Saturday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse, the UVM Women’s hockey team hosted Northeastern in Hockey East play. Sophomore Peggy Wakeham scored UVM’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss.Despite the loss to Northeastern, the win over BU will get the Catamounts some much needed respect in their tough conference. The Catamounts moved to 4-12-1 overall and 2-5-0 in the Hockey East Conference on the weekend. UVM does not play again until Dec. 30 when Dartmouth comes to town. They will then return to Hockey East play when they travel to UConn for a weekend series on Jan. 3.