Women's Hockey Unable to Hold Off Manhattanville

Women's Hockey Unable to Hold Off Manhattanville

Rye, N.Y. – The Castleton women's ice hockey team scored two unanswered goals in the second period and took a 2-1 lead into the final 20 minutes, but Manhattanville responded with two unanswered goals of its own, as the Spartans dropped a tight 3-2 decision on Friday Night at the Play Land Casino.  

The loss drops Castleton to 0-2-0 on the season and 0-1-0 in New England Hockey Conference play, while Manhattanville starts off 1-0-0 overall and in conference action.  

It was a penalty-filled night that featured 16 total infractions, including ten for the home team, but Manhattanville was on the board first with a goal from Zoey Pellowitz at the 9:07 mark of the opening stanza. The freshman collected the puck from Morgan Wilm and weaved through traffic to deliver a wrist shot that found the back of the net and gave the Valiants the early 1-0 lead, which they took into the locker room.

Castleton stormed back in the second period with two goals of its own, in large part due to four power play chances. The Spartans converted on two of them with unanswered goals from senior Ashley Pelkey and freshman Nicolle Trivino. After issuing constant pressure and pounding shots on goal, Pelkey picked up a loose puck that was unsuccessfully covered by Olivia Drew, and put it home for her second goal of the season just 5:42 into the period.

Later in the period, Trivino gave the Spartans their first lead of the night with less than three minutes left in the period at the 17:33 mark. Felicia Bjalvegard sent a pass to Lisa Kilroy, who located Trivino sneaking past the defense and found her tape for the breakaway opportunity. Trivino skated in and found the back of the net from point-blank to put the Spartans up 2-1 heading into the final period.

The lead did not last long, however, as Manhattanville came out strong in the opening minutes of the third period with back-to-back goals of its own. Sarah Sinning came first when she picked up a goal just 1:11 into the period, before Katherine Reilly delivered the go-ahead goal just three minutes later at the 4:34 mark, handing the lead back to Manhattanville. Despite outshooting the Valiants 8-5 in the period and earning five more power play chances in the third period, Castleton was unable to capitalize and the Valiants prevailed for the 3-2 win.

Castleton finished the night 2-for-10 on power play opportuntiies, while holding Manhattanville to 0-for-6 on the woman-advantage. Each team tallied 25 shots on goal, with Pelkey and Kilroy leading the offense with two points apiece on the night. Trivino and Bjalvegord picked up a goal and an assist, respectively. 

Freshman Alexis Kalm was solid in her first career start between the pipes, making 22 saves in the contest, despite falling to 0-1-0 on the season.

The Spartans are back in action at 2 p.m. on Saturday for another NEHC contest at Salve Regina.