Cats Skate way past Bears

Women’s hockey skated their way to a 2-1, come from behind victory, against the UMaine Black Bears Feb. 8 at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

The game resulted in the Cat’s earning the home-ice advantage in the Hockey East quarterfinals.

The Black Bears were first on the board with 1:11 left in the opening frame. The top corner wrist shot marked the first goal of the evening.

The Catamounts tied the game on a powerplay 9:14 into the second period.

Juniors Sarah Campbell and Brittany Zuback got the puck moving before passing to sophomore Dayna Colang for her ninth tally of the season.

Vermont scored the final goal for the evening with 1:54 left in the second period off a backhand shot which found its was past UMaine goaltender Meghann Treacy.

First-year Rachel Ade sent a breakout pass to fellow first-year forward Victoria Andreakos who faked a shot before feeding the puck to the back of the net sealing the win for the Cats.

Andreakos broke the first-year scoring record for UVM with her ninth goal thus far.

Senior goalie Roxanne Douville held the Black Bears to one goal for the game with 11 saves in the final frame.

“It was a gritty win for us today against a much improved Maine team,” head coach Jim Plumer said.

This team continues to get contributions up and down the lineup and this is giving them a great deal of confidence, according Plumer.

“I’m particularly proud of our first-year players who have really stepped up in the last month and are making huge contributions at both ends of the ice,” Plumer said.

UVM’s final two-game series for the regular season will take place Feb. 15-16 at 2 p.m. in the Whittemore Center against the New Hampshire Wildcats.

UNH has an overall record of 9-17-2 and a home record of 5-6-1. While Vermont holds a 13-13-4 overall record with an away record of 8-7-2.

This game will be the first time the women’s hockey program will make a nationally televised appearance, broadcasting on Fox College Sports Atlantic.

The final home games of the season, Vermont will play against America East opponent Providence College, for a two-game series Feb. 21-22.