No. 6 BU Women’s Hockey Upset By Vermont

Hosting a Vermont team that made the long trek from Burlington on a snowy Saturday with a 1-11 conference record under their belt, things were supposed to be easy for the sixth-ranked BU women’s hockey team.

The final result suggested reversed travel plans, however, as the Catamounts (11-14-1, 2-11 WHEA) came into Walter Brown Arena and knocked off the Terriers (15-6-2, 10-4), 2-0. Sophomore Madison Litchfield led the way for Vermont, making 39 saves in handing BU their first shutout of the season.

The Terriers outshot the Catamounts, 39-21, over the 60 minutes. Unfortunately for BU, none of those 39 shots found the net. The inability to solve Litchfield and the Cats end-zone game proved to be the difference Saturday afternoon.

“We didn’t get outplayed, we didn’t get out-worked, we didn’t get out-competed,” said Terriers coach Brian Durocher. “They had people on us most of the time around the net.”

For Vermont, it was a few lucky breaks the Terriers didn’t get that gave them their second win in Hockey East play.

The Catamounts opened the scoring with 1:13 remaining in the opening period. After a string of good shifts in the attacking zone for BU that garnered scoring chances but were unable to capitalize, UVM had a chance of their own. Amanda Pelkey won the battle off the back wall, dishing the puck to Brittany Zuback. Zuback found Gina Repaci in the low circle, who buried the one-timer for her first goal of the season.

In the second period, the Terriers thought they tied the game when Marie-Philip Poulin beat Litchfield at the 2:20 mark of the middle frame. The goal was disallowed because the net was off its moorings. A video review confirmed the call.

The Poulin non-goal was as close as the Terriers would come to finding the net Saturday, while the Catamounts got an insurance goal three minutes into the third when Dayna Colang scored her 10th goal of the season to give Vermont a 2-0 lead. The tally came on the third of four power plays Vermont had on the afternoon.

“Some nights if you can’t get a goal, the best you can do is get a tie,” said Durocher, who felt the team played a strong all-around game despite the loss. “We kept them to two goals, we kept them to 21 shots, it just didn’t fall our way.”

Terriers netminder Erin O’Neil (19 saves) was called out of the net for the final three minutes of the game. Despite good puck movement, pressure and net drive, BU couldn’t convert playing six-on-five.

The two teams will go at it again Sunday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena, puck drop set for 3:00 p.m.

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