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Senior goaltender Alexandra Garcia made 33 saves for the Huskies
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Kellie Dineen and Emily Walsh scored second period goals as Vermont and Connecticut played to a 2-2 tie in Hockey East action at Gutterson Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.
After a scoreless first period, Walsh struck first for the Catamounts 11:17 into the second period. Walsh poke checked the puck into the UConn zone off a Vermont break out and skated in on a Connecticut defenseman and goaltender Alexandra Garcia. Walsh spun around to her backhand and beat Garcia with a quick shot that went in off the far post. Megan Dalbec and Dineen were credited with assists on the play.
Walsh's goal broke Alexandra Garcia's four-game shutout streak against the Catamounts dating back to January 30, 2010.
Just over two minutes later the Huskies responded with Sami Evelyn's fourth goal of the season. Evelyn corralled a loose puck to the left of Vermont goaltender Roxanne Douville, walked in and roofed a back hander to tie the game at one.
Dineen scored the go-ahead goal for Vermont with 1:14 left in the second period. A Brittany Zuback wraparound attempt trickled along the goal line past Garcia. Dineen crashed the net and was able tap in her team leading sixth goal of the season. Krystal Baumann was credited with the secondary assist on the play.
Trailing 2-1 midway through the third period Kayla Campero beat Douville with a wicked slap shot at the 13:45 mark to tie the game. Campero skated into the Vermont zone and stepped into a shot that found the top corner.
Despite numerous chances neither team was able to score the go-ahead goal late in the third. After 60 minutes Vermont was headed to overtime for the fifth time this season.
The Huskies outshot Vermont 3-1 in overtime but could not solve Douville (26 saves). Garcia made 33 saves, including 11 in the second period.
With the tie Vermont moves to 3-12-3 overall and 2-5-1 in Hockey East. Connecticut improves to 3-10-5 and 2-6-1 in league play.
"I thought we did a lot of really good things, had a lot of great energy throughout, we worked hard for 60 minutes and that's an encouraging sign," said Head Coach Tim Bothwell. "The focus is having a really good effort and being more effective on the power play would go a long way to helping us pick up two points tomorrow."
The Catamounts return to action tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. as they face Connecticut at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
NOTES: Vermont is now 2-2-3 when they score first ... Kellie Dineen has scored in two straight games for the Catamounts ... Vermont was 0-6 on the power play breaking a streak of three consecutive games with a power play goal ... Check back to UVMAthletics.com for highlights later tonight.