COLANG'S OVERTIME GOAL SENDS VERMONT PAST BROWN, 4-3
Sophomore defensman Dayna Colang scores at 3:45 of overtime for Catamounts
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Dayna Colang scored with 1:15 left in overtime to lift Vermont past Brown 4-3 Tuesday night in non-conference action at Meehan Auditorium
Brown opened the scoring 3:45 into the first period. Sophomore forward Ariana Rucker beat Vermont goaltender Madison Litchfield for her third goal of the season. It was just the fourth time the Bears have scored first this season.
The Catamounts responded at the 12:23 mark of the second period. Sarah Campbell scored her first goal of the season to tie things up at one. Delia McNally and Danielle Rancourt assisted on the tally.
Vermont took its first lead of the night with 1:59 left in the second frame. Colang scored her sixth goal of the season on the power play with assists from Victoria Andreakos and Ashley Salerno. Colang extended her point streak to five-games with the goal.
Campbell added a second goal 4:25 into the third period to give the Catamounts a two-goal edge. Kellie Dineen and Rancourt were credited with assists on the goal. Rancourt has picked up four points in the last two games.
Jessica Hoyle got the Bears back into the game with two mid-third period goals. She scored even strength at the 7:42 mark of the period to pull Brown within one then with 6:17 left in regulation she scored shorthanded to tie the game at three.
The Catamounts outshot Brown 18-5 in the third period but they couldn't beat Brown goaltender Aubree Moore (43 saves) to win the game in regulation.
Vermont solved Moore with its fifth shot in overtime. Colang picked up her third career game-winning goal with 1:15 left in the extra session to give the Catamounts their sixth road win of the season.
Litchfield made 21 saves and picked up her third win of the season.
"I'm proud of the team for battling through some uneven play tonight," said head coach Jim Plumer. "We're showing some good resiliency but we can still be more consistent. Credit to Brown for battling hard, our solid play in the last two periods paid off."
The Catamounts return to action next weekend when they travel to face Colgate in a two-game series. They face the Raiders at 7 p.m. on Saturday and again on Sunday at 2 p.m.
NOTES: In six of Vermont's seven wins this season the power play has converted at least once ... The Catamounts six road wins are second best to No. 1 Minnesota (10) in the NCAA ... Colang continues to lead defenseman in Hockey East scoring with 15 points in 15 games this season.