BURLINGTON, Vt. - Three different Catamounts scored, and first year goaltender Sydney Correa earned her first career shutout making 14 saves as Vermont defeated Maine 3-0 Sunday afternoon in Hockey East action from Gutterson Fieldhouse. With the win UVM improves to 7-5-1 in league play, sitting in fourth place, while the Black Bears fell to 4-8-1.
"This was a very satisfying win to start the new year," Head Coach Jim Plumer said. "We got a great effort from everyone and much better attention to detail, especially defensively. It was fantastic to see first year goalie Sydney Correa get her first win and a shutout and it's another thing that gives us confidence in the depth of our team. We are looking forward to a very competitive series with UConn next weekend."
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Catamounts outshot Maine 8-4 in a defensive first period. UVM successfully killed off the only penalty of the first period, preventing the Black Bears from even getting a shot on net.
- Natálie Mlýnková opened the scoring for the Catamounts 10:42 into the middle frame. In transition Lilly Holmes sent her in alone on Maine's Loryn Porter. Mlýnková went backhand to forehand and put her sixth goal of the season past Porter. Sini Karjalainen earned the secondary assist on the tally.
- UVM doubled its advantage while shorthanded minutes later. Theresa Schafzahl broke up a Maine pass and then Ellice Murphy tapped it up to Schafzahl for a breakaway. Schafzahl completely deked Porter out of the net but couldn't finish the play. Murphy followed the play throughout and tapped her first goal of the season into the empty net.
- The Catamounts added an insurance marker 8:12 into the third period. From behind the net Schafzahl centered a quick feed to Hailey Burns and Burns one-timed a shot off the post and in for her third goal of the season. Maddy Skelton earned the secondary assist on the goal.
- Correa made six saves in the third period to seal her first career win and shutout.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- UVM was three-for-three on the penalty kill this afternoon. They have gone seven straight games without conceding while shorthanded. In 20 games this season Vermont has given up just four power play tallies and has scored two shorthanded goals.
- With today's win UVM is the only team in Hockey East to have a league win from three goaltenders. Jessie McPherson (3), Blanka kodová (3) and Sydney Correa (1) have combined to win seven conference games this season.
- With today's win, Vermont Mutual Insurance Group will donate $100 to Vermont Foodbank as part of the Cats Win, Community Wins initiative. Vermont Mutual has committed to donating $15,000 to Vermont Foodbank for the 2021 season. A special thank you to Vermont Mutual Insurance for their support. Vermont Mutual Insurance, protecting Vermonters since 1828.
Vermont returns to Gutterson Fieldhouse next weekend as they host UConn in a two-game set. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night. Both games will be broadcast live for free on CollegeSportsLive.
Friday is Youth Hockey Night, all kids 12 and under receive free admission if they're wearing a jersey.