Kelci Lanthier Blanks McGill in 1-0 Triumph for Vermont

Mark StaffieriContributor IINovember 1, 2012

Image courtesy of Hockey East website
Image courtesy of Hockey East website

Gutterson Fieldhouse, home of the Vermont Catamounts, hosted the McGill Martlets, one of the signature programs in Canadian collegiate hockey. Backstop Kelci Lanthier was up to the challenge.

A former goaltender for the Mercyhurst Lakers, Lanthier earned the start over Montreal native (and Catamounts starting goaltender the last two seasons) Roxanne Douville during the October 24 exhibition.

Erin Wente’s goal at the 4:53 mark of the first period was all the Catamounts required to win the contest. Dayna Colang’s shot was deflected by Brittany Zuback. Wente slipped the puck past the McGill goaltender after she blocked Zuback’s deflection. She scored on the power play as McGill’s Stefanie Pohlod was called for a tripping penalty.

Throughout the second and third periods, Vermont was called for six penalties.

The second frame saw Klara Myren called for hooking, Dayna Colang had a cross checking call, while Delia McNally had an interference call with 2:47 left.

After McNally’s penalty, McGill was called for two penalties in the final minute of the second half. Prolific Melodie Daoust was called for hooking at 19:10 and Chelsey Saunders had a hooking call go against her at 19:43.

McGill played remarkable defense as the Catamounts only logged 14 total shots in the contest.

Despite the best efforts of McGill, a 31 shot effort was nullified by Lanthier. The rest of the game was defined by her remarkable goaltending. Her best performance of the game saw her preserve Vermont’s lead despite a five-on-three power play for McGill early in the third.

Although McGill had six power plays, neither team would score again. The Martlets had Melodie Daoust, one of the finest hockey players in Canadian collegiate hockey back in their lineup. Despite her presence, the Martlets were not able to get by Lanthier, who would earn the first shutout of her Vermont career.