BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Melissa Anderson scored twice as Boston University held off a furious Vermont comeback bid as BU topped UVM, 3-1, in a women's Hockey East game Friday evening at Gutterson Fieldhouse. In the game, sophomore Kristen Olychuck (Kelowna, B.C.) became the first goaltender to be credited with a goal scored in UVM women's hockey history.
Anderson scored 25 seconds into the contest and added an insurance goal with 4:16 left in the third period in the win for the Terriers (11-12-3, 7-6-1 Hockey East). Olychuck was credited with Vermont's goal having been the last Catamount to touch the puck on a delayed UVM penalty in the third period. With BU goalie Allyse Wilcox on the bench for an extra attacker, a BU shot skidded off Olychuck into the left corner. An errant Terriers centering pass went untouched down the ice and into the vacant cage.
"This was an excellent effort on our part and I am real proud of the way we came back," said Vermont coach Tim Bothwell. "We talk a lot all season, and before every game about being resilient and playing through adversity. Tonight was a tremendous example of that. We were down right off the bat but played great, especially working hard on the forecheck, to get back in it. The effort is something we can build on for Saturday."
The Terriers pounced on the Catamounts early scoring twice in the first minute and a half of the game. Anderson rapped home a centering feed from Holly Lorms to open the scoring and Caroline Bourdeau tipped in a pass from Jennie Bloemers to make it 2-0 at 1:30 of the first. Vermont regrouped and had a flurry of shots on Wilcox whose best stop was on Melanie Greene (Queensbury, N.Y.) from point blank range on a UVM power play.
The Catamounts battled back with several good opportunities in the second and third stanzas but Wilcox stood strong in the BU crease. UVM's Caroline Donahue (Westwood, Mass.), Brittany Nelson (Shelburne, Vt.) and Chelsea Furlani (Colchester, Vt.) each had great chances turned aside before Vermont cut the lead in half on Olychuck's goal at 12:27. Anderson snuffed out the rally with an unassisted goal off a turnover at 15:44.
In net, Olychuck settled down after the tough start and finished with 24 saves. Her goal was the first scored by Vermont in its last five meetings with the Terriers. Wilcox stopped all 24 shots at the other end for Boston University.
UVM killed all five BU power plays to extend its penalty- killing streak to 28 attempts without a goal over the past six- plus games.
The Catamounts (5-21-1, 1-12-1) host the Terriers Saturday at 4:00pm at Gutterson Fieldhouse to wrap up the weekend series. Several promotions highlight Saturday's game including the annual Vermont Youth Hockey Day with free admission for youth hockey players if they wear their jersey to the contest. Also, the first 200 fans will receive a set of Vermont women's hockey trading cards courtesy of L. Brown and Sons Printing and following the game, fans are welcome to 'Skate With The Cats!' on the Gutterson Fieldhouse ice.
For ticket information, please contact the UVM Athletic Ticket Office at 1-866-4CAT-TIX or log on to uvmathletics.com. UVM students (with a valid ID) and all Rally's Round Up members are admitted free to all home women's hockey games.