Late Willard Goal Lifts Vermont Past New Hampshire, 2-1
Sophomore defenseman Taylor Willard has goal and an assist for Catamounts

Sophomore defenseman Taylor Willard scored the game-winning goal for the Catamounts
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 2:41  UNH1-0 EV Sara Carlson (4)Margo Lund/6, Julia Fedeski/7
1st 3:33  VER1-1 EV Saana Valkama (4)Sarah Kelly/3, Taylor Willard/8
3rd 18:48  VER2-1 EV GW Taylor Willard (8)Dayna Colang/14, Rachael Ade/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Vermont  1012
New Hampshire  1001
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Vermont  66921
New Hampshire  1471031
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Vermont (7-21-2)  0/1 1/2 0
New Hampshire (10-18-1)  0/1 1/2 0
Vermont Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Madison Litchfield (W, 4-12-2)60:001 1371030
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Kyra Smith (L, 9-10-1)58:552 56819
Empty Net1:050     

DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore defenseman Taylor Willard scored the game-winning goal with 1:12 left in the third period to send Vermont to a 2-1 win against New Hampshire on Friday night at the Whittemore Center.


Date: Feb. 5, 2016 (7:40 p.m.)
Location: Whittemore Center (Durham, N.H.)
Attendance: 275
Score: Vermont 2, New Hampshire 1
Updated Records: UVM (7-21-2, 5-13-2 WHEA), UNH (10-18-1, 7-12-0 WHEA)

Goal Scorers:

UVM- Saana Valkama, Taylor Willard
UNH- Sara Carlson


UVM- Madison Litchfield 13-7-10-30 (60:00) (win)
UNH- Kyra Smith 5-6-8-19 (58:55) (loss)

Next Game (home): Saturday, Feb. 6 (4 p.m.) vs. Vermont

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- Taylor Willard ripped a slap shot from the high slot into the upper-right corner of the net with 72 seconds left in regulation to break the 1-1 tie and lift the Catamounts to victor

- UNH took a 1-0 lead at 2:41 of the first period when Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.) circled from the left half-boards behind the net to the top of the slot and blasted a rising shot into the net.

- Vermont tied the score just 42 seconds later on a goal by Saana Valkama. Willard initiated the scoring sequence with a pass out of the defensive zone to Sarah Kelly, who advanced along the left wing before saucering a pass to Valkama in the slot.

- UNH pulled Kyra Smith (Littleton, Colo.) with 65 seconds to play but was unable to sustain possession in the offensive zone. The Wildcats were limited to one shot the rest of the way, and Litchfield made that save against Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Albert) to preserve the win.


- Carlson extended her point streak to four games (2-2-4)

- Kate Haslett (Rothesay, New Brunswick) fired a shot from the slot that beat Litchfield but clanged off the right post. After an official review, the score remained tied 1-1 at 6:30 of the second period.


Vermont: 1-2
New Hampshire: 1-2


Vermont: 0-1
New Hampshire: 0-1


Points: Taylor Willard (2)
Goals: Saana Valkama (1), Taylor Willard (1)
Assists: Rachel Ade (1), Dayna Colang (1), Sarah Kelly (1), Taylor Willard (1)
Shots: Saana Valkama (3)


Points: Sara Carlson (1), Julia Fedeski (1), Margo Lund (1)
Goals: Sara Carlson (1)
Assists: Julia Fedeski (1), Margo Lund (1)
Shots: Marie-Jo Pelletier (6)