BURLINGTON, Vt.- Teddy Fortin scored a power play goal with 3:16 left in the third period and Roxanne Douville made 34 saves as Vermont defeated No. 9 Providence 1-0 in Hockey East action Sunday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
Vermont and Providence were scoreless through the first two periods. The Friars held a 19-18 edge in shots through 40 minutes but neither team could break through. For Vermont it was its second straight game entering the third period knotted at zero.
Late in the third period Providence's Alyse Ruff was called for checking at 16:28 sending the Catamounts to their seventh power play.
Vermont capitalized off the initial faceoff in the Providence zone. Kailey Nash passed to Celeste Doucet who got off a quick shot from the top of the circles. Fortin was sitting alone on the near post and redirected Doucet's shot past Genevieve Lacasse (23 saves).
The Catamounts held off a furious Providence rally in the final minutes of the third period. The Friars pulled their goalie and pressured Vermont with the extra skater for the final 1:45 of the game but they couldn't solve Douville. She earned her first collegiate shutout as Vermont secured its second Hockey East win of the season.
It was the first time Providence has been shutout this season. They had not been held scoreless since a loss to Mercyhurst on November 21, 2008.
The Catamounts notched their fourth win against a ranked opponent over the course of the last two seasons. Vermont defeated then No. 9 Providence 2-1 on the road last season on January 30. Vermont also beat No. 4 Clarkson and No. 4 New Hampshire at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Prior to last season Vermont had never beaten a ranked team.
The win moves Vermont to 5-13-9 overall and 2-9-4 in Hockey East play. The loss drops Providence to 17-10-1 and 8-7-1 in league play.
Vermont returns to action next Saturday (Feb. 5) 5 p.m. at Maine in a crucial Hockey East contest at Alfond Arena.
NOTES: Genevieve Lacasse and Roxanne Douville were teammates on the U22 Canadian team that won gold at the MLP Nations Cup ... Vermont trails Maine and New Hampshire by two points for the final playoff spot in Hockey East ... The Catamounts face Maine and New Hampshire in their next three games.