VERMONT EDGED BY COLGATE IN OVERTIME, 4-3
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Jocelyn Simpson had two goals and two assists including the overtime winner as the Colgate Raiders defeated Vermont 4-3 Sunday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse in non-conference action.
The Raiders came out strong in the first period and drew a Vermont penalty just 50 seconds into the contest. It took Colgate just another 17 seconds on the power play to open the scoring. Simpson found a loose puck in front of the net and beat Vermont goaltender Roxanne Douville with a quick shot before Douville knew the puck had been centered.
Simpson's fourth goal of the season snapped Douville's shutout streak at 141 minutes and 36 seconds, the second longest streak in program history.
The Catamounts answered three minutes later with a well-executed passing display. Delia McNally broke into the Colgate zone and left a drop pass for Amanda Pelkey who got a quick snap shot on net. Colgate goaltender Ashlynne Rando made the initial save but Klara Myren tucked home the rebound with a backhand for her fourth goal of the season.
The Raiders took the lead back 16:01 into the second period. Simpson fired the puck towards the net and Brittany Phillips redirected it past Douville for her fifth goal of the season.
Down one the Catamounts responded in the first minute of the third period. Myren put a shot on net and a trailing Erin Wente picked up the rebound and put it past Rando for her fifth goal of the season.
Wente's goal was the 26th of her career at Vermont, setting the Division I record at Vermont. Entering today's game she was tied with Chelsea Furlani (2006-10) at 25.
The Raiders regained the lead at the 5:35 mark of the third period. Simpson hit Katie Case with a cross-ice pass and Cross wired a low wrist shot past Douville for her first career goal.
With under two minutes left in the third period the Catamounts came from behind again to tie the game at three. Myren helped create the offense again, her slapshot was saved by Rando but the rebound careened off Emily Walsh and into the net. Walsh's second goal of the season set the stage for overtime with Vermont's six-game unbeaten streak on the line.
With a minute left in overtime Jenna Klynstra caused a turnover in the Vermont zone and Simpson corralled the puck and beat Douville with a quick shot through her legs to give the Raiders their fifth win of the season.
"It was a tough day for us today, credit to Colgate for playing very well today," said head coach Jim Plumer. "They earned the win. I was happy with our comeback but we needed to be better earlier in the game. It's good to get back to playing and we know we still have work to do."
Vermont closes out non-conference play Wednesday night as they host Dartmouth at 7 p.m. Tickets for all UVM home games can be purchased online at UVMathletics.com, via the phone at 802-656-4410 or the day of the game at the Gutterson Fieldhouse Ticket Office.
NOTES: This afternoon was Klara Myren's fourth multi-point game of the season ... She now leads the team in scoring with 17 points ... Colgate outshot the Catamounts 37-26 ... Emily Walsh now has 44 career points as a Catamount, she is five away from the Division I record in points held by Chelsea Furlani and Celeste Doucet.