PELKEY LIFTS VERMONT PAST DARTMOUTH IN OVERTIME, 1-0
Junior forward Amanda Pelkey scores game-winning goal for Catamounts
HANOVER, N.H. - Amanda Pelkey scored her team-leading 13th goal of the season with 1:06 left in overtime as Vermont defeated Dartmouth for the first time in program history Wednesday night at Thompson Arena in non-conference action.
In regulation Vermont goaltender Roxanne Douville and her counterpart Lindsay Holdcroft put on a show. Pelkey and Dartmouth's Laura Stacey were turned away on breakaways as they pushed for the ice-breaker.
With just over a minute left in regulation Klara Myren entered the Dartmouth zone and fed a quick pass to Brittany Zuback who broke in alone on Holdcroft. Zuback's quick snap shot found the crossbar and bounced out as the game remained scoreless.
The Catamounts outshot Dartmouth 23-16 in regulation, but for the fourth consecutive game Vermont headed to overtime with the Big Green.
Late in the overtime frame Gina Repaci fed a perfect pass to help Pelkey split the Dartmouth defense at the blue line and walk in alone on Holdcroft. Pelkey went to her backhand and roofed her first game-winning goal of the season.
Pelkey's overtime winner was her 27th career goal at Vermont tying the all-time record set by Erin Wente (2009-13).
Douville picked up her second shutout of the season, and the eighth of her career. She is now 5-4-3 this season. The five wins matches her career best total set during the 2010-11 and 2012-13 campaigns.
The Catamounts are 8-7-4 this season, it is the latest point of a season that Vermont has been above .500 since becoming a Division 1 program. "I'm really happy for the entire program that we could end the semester on such a positive note," said head coach Jim Plumer. "The kids worked really hard tonight and it was simply tough to break through on the Dartmouth goalie. I really thought the game showcased how much we've improved over the course of the season. Our defense played very well and our transition game is strong. We are ready for a break and I'm excited to keep it going in the new year."
The Catamounts return to action on January 4 as they conclude their non-conference schedule as they faceoff with Syracuse for the first-time in program history. The Catamounts face the Orange at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday of the two-game weekend series.
NOTES: Vermont is second in the NCAA with seven road wins this season ... The Catamounts are the only team not currently ranked in the Top-10 with more than five road wins ... Vermont is 6-1-2 this season when they score first ... The Catamounts have lost only once in their last nine games ... Vermont defeated Dartmouth for the first time in their 17th meeting as varsity programs