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BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Britney Selina scored two goals and set up another as Clarkson topped Vermont, 3-1, in women's college hockey Sunday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Golden Knights (13-4-2) used three unanswered goals in holding off the Catamounts (4-13-1) for the second straight day.
"These were two tough losses but I felt we played hard in both games and earned a little respect from Clarkson," said Vermont head coach Tim Bothwell. "A little luck around the net today and we may have had a better result. We definitely are seeing progress in lots of areas especially how we play in our zone and our power play is doing a nice job. We need to keep battling with our league games coming up."
Vermont was outshot by a 37-19 margin but created more good scoring opportunities than in Saturday's 5-1 defeat to Clarkson. UVM goalie Kristen Olychuck (Kelowna, B.C.) helped keep the game within reach with several outstanding saves.
The Cats broke through first as Sarah Smiddy (Grand Rapids, Mich.) opened the scoring with a power play goal with 1:08 left in the first period. After a save on a shot from Jackie Thode (Aurora, Colo.), Smiddy drilled home the rebound for her third goal of the season. Celeste Doucet (Memramcook, New Brunswick) also picked up an assist as the Catamounts scored on the power play for the fourth straight game.
Clarkson came out for the second period with more energy and it converted twice on its own power play. At 7:11, Selina evened the score and the Golden Knights took the lead at 14:12 on a goal by Melissa Waldie.
Selina was set up by Waldie (goal, two assists) to close out the scoring at 9:38 of the final period. UVM had several good chances to cut the deficit including late scoring bids by Chelsea Furlani (Colchester, Vt.) and Teddy Fortin (Brunswick, Maine).
Golden Knights goalie Lauren Dahm finished with 18 saves, 13 in the final two periods while Olychuck made 34 stops including 29 after the first period.
Vermont went 1-for-5 on the power play while Clarkson cashed in on two of its five opportunities.
The Catamounts continue their homestand returning to Hockey East play next weekend hosting ninth-ranked Connecticut Friday at 7:00pm and Saturday at 4:00pm at Gutterson Fieldhouse. 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.
Saturday's game with the Huskies will be broadcast on the radio on WVMT AM-620 and on the internet at www.uvmathletics.com with the audio stream provided by sportsjuice.com. Live video of all Vermont home games is available on the web via the B2 Networks also on www.uvmathletics.com.