Niagara, Vermont end in draw
Second consecutive night game goes into overtime
BURLINGTON, Vt. - For the second consecutive afternoon, Niagara (4-5-2; 0-0-0 CHA) found themselves battling in overtime against the Vermont Catamounts (1-4-4, 1-1-0 Hockey East), coming away with a 4-4 draw in non-conference action Saturday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
Each team had seven chances on the man-advantage, but it was Vermont who capitalized on the only powerplay goal of the game late in the third period to send the game into overtime. Junior forward Erin Wente netted one past Niagara netminder, Sarah Moses, with only 23 seconds left on the clock off assists from Meghan Huertas and Amanda Pelkey.
Kathleen Bortuzzo would give the Purple Eagles its third lead of the game, 10:35 into the final stanza, but Vermont fought to the final seconds to earn one point.
"It was a back and forth type of game today," said head coach Josh Sciba. "Vermont is a resilient, hard-working team just like us. I think our special teams can be better, but it's nice to see we're doing some good things."
Niagara netted the first of the game with 4:30 left in the first period. Freshman forward Kayla Raniwsky got her second of the season off a feed from junior forward Kelsey Welch. The Catamounts would even out the game less than two minutes later after forward Kellie Dineen blasted one past Moses. Freshman Megan Bergland assisted on the play. Vermont outshot Niagara 9-5 in the first period.
|No. 8 Mercyhurst 14, Lindenwood 1|
|No. 1 Wisconsin 6, No. 5 Boston University 1|
|No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth 6, No. 6 North Dakota 1|
The last three minutes of the second stanza saw two lead changes. Vermont forward Emily Walsh gave the Catamounts their first lead of the game at the 17:19 mark off assists from Greer Vogl and Klara Myren. The Purple Eagles responded with two of their own to regain the one goal advantage going into the third. Welch scored her sixth of the season 1:07 left on the clock off a pass from Daniela Dal Colle. Forty seconds later, a shot off the stick of sophomore forward Jessica Hitchcock sneaked in past Catamount goaltender Roxanne Douville.
Kailey Nash began scoring at the 6:09 mark of the final twenty minutes, off feeds from Delia McNally and Huertas.
Moses made 19 saves between the pipes. Hitchcock tallied four points between the two games (2-2-4) while Welch earned three (2-1-3).