Catamounts Nip Black Bears in Triple Overtime 3-2

 

Catamounts Nip Black Bears in Triple Overtime 3-2

BURLINGTON, Vt-  The University of Maine women's ice hockey team, playing with grit and intensity in the Hockey East Quarterfinal, pushed the Catamounts into triple overtime on Saturday afternoon before losing 3-2. 

Maine and Vermont faced off for the fourth time this season. The Black Bears concluded regular season play as the fifth ranked team and the Catamounts the fourth.

Vermont took the lead early with two goals just minutes apart in the first period. The first score came at 3:52 into the period when Casey Leveillee found Victoria Andreakos who fired the puck in the net.

Vermont struck again at 6:37 into the first when Andreakos passed moved the puck up the ice to Rachael Ade who drove the puck by Maine goalie Meghann Treacy (Lake Peekskill, N.Y.) to give the Catamounts a 2-0 lead.

Vermont out shot Maine 10 to 7 in the first period. Both teams were 0-1 on the power play

Maine fired eight shots on goal in the second period but came up scoreless. Vermont held the 2-0 lead entering the third period.

Maine out shot Vermont 8 to 7 in the second.

The Black Bears got on the board at 10:58 into the third when Emilie Brigham (Anoka, Minn.) knocked the puck in the net on a pass from Brianne Kilgour (Hamilton, Ontario) to make it a 2-1 game.

Maine tied the game at 16:44 into the period when Brittney Huneke (Hastings, Minn.) found Hailey Browne (Oakville, Onatrio) for a goal.  Neither team could score in the closing minutes of the third period leaving the score 2-2 entering overtime.

Maine out shot Vermont 12 to 7 in the third period.

Both teams looked for the game-winning goal in overtime. Maine fired 11 shots on net and Vermont had five. Both teams remained scoreless.

Vermont and Maine continued aggressive and determined play in the second over time.  The defenses prevailed as neither team scored. Vermont out shot Maine 15 to 7.

Entering the third over time both teams remained aggressive despite the physical demands of the contest. In the final minutes of the third overtime a loose puck was picked up by Brittany Zuback, who hit the puck into the top left corner for the win.

Treacy registered 46 saves in 117.12 minutes of play. Vermont goalie Roxanne Douville notched 50 saves.

 

The Black Bears end their season with a 7-21-5 record.



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