The University of Vermont Women’s Hockey Team kept a tenacious Maine team scoreless through two and a half periods on Saturday afternoon and sophomore goaltender Katie Nichols had a tremendous game saving 37 of the 38 shots she faced. But the Catamounts were not able to get their offense on track as they fell to the Black Bears 2-0 in front of 127 people at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
The game was scoreless with 12 minutes to go in third period. But that is when Maine went on the power play for the sixth time in the game. Junior Brigitte Laflamme scored what proved to be the game winner with 11:02 remaining as she broke into the Vermont zone all alone and was able to beat Nichols. Kelly Law and Julie Poilin got assists on the goal.
The Black Bear’s Law put the game away with an empty net goal with 26 seconds to go. Maine goaltender Genevieve Turgeon stopped all 17 shots that she faced.
Maine out shot the Cats 39 to 17 in the game, which included a 17-6 advantage in the second period and a 19-6 advantage on the power play.
The Black Bears improve to 11-5-5 overall and 3-5-3 in Hockey East while Vermont drops to 2-21-2 overall and 1-11-1 in conference.
Vermont returns to action on Sunday when they will host Rensselaer in their final non-conference game of the season. The game is scheduled for 2:00pm.