Senior goaltender Kayley Herman earns shutout with 27 saves for Wildcats

Senior goaltender Kayley Herman made 27 saves for the Wildcats

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Kayley Herman made 27 saves earning her second shutout of the season as New Hampshire defeated Vermont 2-0 in Hockey East action Saturday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

The Wildcats opened the scoring 8:38 into the first period. Maggie Hunt walked into the Vermont zone and wired a slap shot labeled for the top corner. Hunt's goal her second of the season was unassisted.

New Hampshire extended its lead midway through the second period. On the cycle in the Vermont zone Kristina Lavoie passed to Arielle O'Neill in the corner. O'Neill skated towards the net from the corner and beat Roxanne Douville (19 saves) with a quick wrist shot.

Vermont had three power play opportunities in the third period but they were unable to capitalize. Despite outshooting New Hampshire 27-21 the Catamounts couldn't solve Herman.

The win moves New Hampshire to 14-15-1 overall and 7-12-0 in Hockey East play. The loss drops Vermont to 7-15-9 and 4-11-4 in league play.

The loss snaps Vermont's program record three-game Hockey East winning streak.

Vermont returns to action next Saturday (Feb. 12) 1 p.m. at No. 9 Providence in its final series of the regular season.

NOTES: Vermont now sits alone in seventh place in Hockey East with 12 points ... They trail New Hampshire by two points for the sixth and final Hockey East playoff spot ... Seven Vermont seniors played their final game at Gutterson Fieldhouse Saturday.