Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine, was the backdrop to a rare feat in hockey at any level: a scoreless draw. Vermont’s Roxanne Douville had a game-high 30 saves, while Maine’s Brittany Ott logged 26 saves. As both teams sported losing records, every contest has great meaning towards a strong postseason push.
In the first frame, the Vermont Catamounts outshot the Maine Black Bears by an 8-5 mark. Catamounts skater Meghan Huertas was called for penalties twice in the frame. The 5:13 mark found her sent to the penalty box for slashing. With 10 seconds remaining, she had a roughing call.
Despite the power-play opportunities, Douville was solid between the pipes.
Douville made the difference again in the second stanza, as Maine had a four-minute power play. Erin Wente was called for two penalties (checking and roughing) at the 14:26 mark. During the penalty kill, Vermont skater Kellie Dineen had a breakaway on Ott, but her backhand shot was denied. The period ended with the Black Bears outshooting the Catamounts by an 11-9 count.
Penalties would also be the story in the third period, as a combined five penalties were called. Maine’s Missy Denk was called for checking at 3:15. Midway through the period, Maine found itself with a 5-on-3 power play. Brittany Zuback was called for checking at 10:17. And a mere 12 seconds later, Dayna Colang was called for high sticking.
Once again, Douville maintained her composure and provided solid play for the Catamounts.
Brianne Kilgour was called for tripping at 13:21 to give Vermont its fourth power play of the contest. Although Ott helped to neutralize the Catamounts' power play, Maine was called for another penalty with 43 seconds left in the third. A tripping call on Brittany Dougherty gave Vermont an advantage to win the game on the power play. But Ott denied Vermont the opportunity to score, as Maine outshot Vermont by an 11-7 advantage.
In overtime, Maine managed two shots on net, but Douville saved both to preserve the tie. Black Bears skater Brittany Dougherty led the club with seven shots, while Vermont’s Kellie Dineen paced all Catamounts with five shots.
With the tie, Vermont’s record is now 6-12-2, while Maine sports a 3-17-1 mark.
It was the second scoreless tie in Vermont program history. The first scoreless tie was also against Maine. The two skated to a scoreless tie at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Vermont on November 24, 2007.