PITTSBURGH - Maeve Garvey scored two goals to lead Robert Morris past Vermont 4-3 in non-conference action Friday night at 84 Lumber Arena.
The Colonials opened the scoring 9:08 into the first period on the power play. Thea Imbrogno beat Vermont goaltender Madison Litchfield for her third goal of the season. Brittany Howard who is the Colonials leading scorer picked up an assist on the goal. It was the fifth time this season Robert Morris has scored first.
Robert Morris added another goal just under two minutes later. Garvey picked up her third goal of the season to give the Colonials a two-goal cushion.
Kellie Dineen scored her first goal of the season with 36 seconds left in the first period. After shutting out Boston U and Bemidji State in her last two starts it was the first goal Robert Morris goaltender Jessica Dodds had given up in 143:28 of game action.
Garvey rebuilt the Colonials two-goal lead with her second goal of the night 25 seconds into the second period. It was the fastest a team has scored on the Catamounts at the start of a period this season.
Robert Morris stretched its lead to three goals at the 3:02 mark of the second period as Rebecca Vint collected her second goal of the season. Imbrogno picked up an assist on Vint's tally.
Amanda Pelkey brought the Catamounts back to within two at the 10:32 mark of the second period. Her team leading ninth point of the season was her fourth goal of the season.
At the 13:33 mark of the third period Pelkey struck again shorthanded to pull the Catamounts within one. Breanne Sundquist and Danielle Rancourt assisted on the tally, Vermont's first shorthanded goal since Dineen scored against Northeastern on November 11, 2011.
Pelkey's goals extended her point-scoring streak to three games. She has seven points in that three game span.
Vermont outshot the Colonials 7-3 in the third period but they couldn't beat Dodds a fourth time to equalize.
"I'm proud of the way we battled back tonight," said head coach Jim Plumer. "The second half of the game was as well as we've played in my time at Vermont. I hope we can find that elusive consistency
The Catamounts will conclude the two-game series on Saturday afternoon with a 2 p.m. faceoff against the Colonials.
NOTES: Vermont is now 1-3-1 against CHA opponents this season ... The Catamounts outshot Robert Morris 27-18, it was the fifth time this year Vermont has outshot its opponent, last year Vermont only outshot its opponents five times in 33 games.