Vilgrain Records Career-High Three Points, Women's Hockey Skates to 3-3 Tie at Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt.Cassandra Vilgrain (Calgary, Alberta) recorded a goal and two assists to lead the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 3-3 tie against the University of Vermont at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

UNH is now 6-4-2 overall and 2-2-2 in Hockey East while UVM is 3-6-2, 1-2-1. This was the first time these programs skated to a tie in 34 all-time meetings, which New Hampshire leads 27-6-1. 

Vilgrain established a career high of two assists and also established a personal-best three points as she factored in every UNH goal. Nicole Gifford (Ennismore, Ontario) and Hannah Armstrong (Keswick, Ontario) netted the Wildcats' other goals and Megan Armstrong (Edina, Minn.) matched her career high of two assists.

New Hampshire goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) finished with 22 saves while Catamount counterpart Roxanne Douville stopped 32 shots, including seven in the five-minute overtime period. 

With a UVM skater in the penalty box for hooking, Gifford gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 14:18. Vilgrain and Megan Armstrong set up the tally, Gifford's team-leading sixth overall and third on the power play, also a team best.

The visitors took that one-goal lead and an 8-7 shot advantage into the first intermission. 

Vilgrain's power-play goal – the Wildcats went 2-for-5 on the power play – extended the advantage to 2-0 at 4:54 of the second stanza. Sarah Carlson (Elk River, Minn.) earned her team-leading sixth assist and Armstrong collected her second assist of the game on the goal.

UNH built a 3-0 lead at 17:36 of the second period when Hannah Armstrong, with the assistance of Vilgrain and Arielle O'Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario), scored her second goal of the season. It marked the 50th career point (26g, 24a) for O'Neill. 

The Wildcats led by that three-goal margin with a 24-14 shot advantage at the second intermission.

Vermont rallied to tie the score with three goals in the opening 4:10 of the third period. Bridget Baker ignited the comeback with a goal 19 seconds after the opening faceoff. Amanda Pelkey potted a power-play goal at 3:54 to trim the deficit to 3-2 and Della McNally scored 16 seconds later to level the score. 

UVM recorded a 6-4 shot advantage the last 15:50 of regulation – and 11-4 overall in the third period – but could not break the tie.

The Wildcats responded with a 7-0 shot advantage in OT. Douville first denied O'Neill, then turned aside a two shots off the stick of Jess Ryan (Cloquet, Minn.). The Catamounts' goalie also stopped Jessica Hitchcock (LaSalle, Ontario) and a pair of Carlson bids. Then in the closing minute, Douville made a save against the game's First Star, Vilgrain, to keep the score tied. 

UNH has skated to a tie in six consecutive regular-season overtime games dating back to the start of last season.

New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 15 at Princeton University and continues the road trip Nov. 16 at Quinnipiac University. Both games are at 3 p.m. The Wildcats' next home game is Nov. 24 (2 p.m.) against Boston University.

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