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Vermont Hangs On for 2-1 Win

Emily Monaghan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Emily Monaghan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

BURLINGTON, Vt. – In the first game of a two-game set at Vermont Friday, some late-game magic enabled the Yale women's ice hockey team to grab a 2-2 overtime tie -- but the Bulldogs could not replicate that feat on Saturday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse. A day after junior forward Eden Murray's goal with 2:33 left in regulation earned Yale a tie in the first game, Vermont hung on for a 2-1 win Saturday.

Yale (4-8-3, 2-5-0 ECAC Hockey) had started slowly Friday: Vermont had a 10-5 shot advantage in the first period. On Saturday the opening frame was more evenly played, as shots were 6-5 Vermont. The difference on the scoreboard, however, was the same as Friday, as Vermont grabbed a 1-0 lead on a power play goal by forward Alyssa Gorecki at 6:31.

Buoyed by a penalty on Vermont (8-6-5, 4-2-3 Hockey East), Yale took control of the play early in the second period. The Bulldogs outshot the Catamounts 6-0 to start, and the last shot found paydirt when sophomore forward Emma Vlasic scored on a nifty backhander from right in front of the net. Sophomore forward Jordan Chancellor and junior defenseman Kara Drexler assisted on the goal, which tied the score 1-1 at 4:46.

Vermont got a 5-on-3 that carried over from the end of the second period to the start of the third. But the penalty killing unit of junior forward Kaitlin Gately, junior forward Emily Monaghan and junior defenseman Mallory Souliotis got the kill off to a good start -- with sophomore forward Emma Vlasic eventually subbing in for Gately -- and kept the Catamounts from getting any shots on goal early. Monaghan's clear late in the second ended Vermont's last threat. Freshman goaltender Tera Hofmann then made a pair of saves early in the third to finish off the kill.

The teams were skating 4-on-4 when Vermont re-took the lead. After Hofmann stopped a shot by Gorecki, the puck popped loose to a wide-open forward Ève-Audrey Picard at the right post, and she swatted it in for a 2-1 advantage at 7:47.

The Bulldogs pulled Hofmann for an extra skater with less than two minutes to play, but Vermont wound up controlling the puck in Yale's zone for most of the final moments. Souliotis saved a goal by blocking a shot with an empty net behind her with 80 seconds left.

The Bulldogs were called for offside with 33.4 seconds left but got one last faceoff win, from Murray, to keep their hopes alive. Vermont finished off the victory by getting an interception from forward Saana Valkama as the final seconds ticked off.

Hofmann finished with 28 saves, while Vermont's Madison Litchfield made 25.

Yale played both games this weekend without leading goal-scorer Phoebe Staenz, who is with the Swiss National Team. In the midst of a stretch of six straight road games, the Bulldogs play at Union next Friday.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu, Yale Sports Publicity)