Spartans Shut Out Plymouth State

Spartans Shut Out Plymouth State

RUTLAND, Vt. – The Castleton University women's ice hockey team used two third period goals and 24 saves from Rachael Brazil to defeat Plymouth State, 2-0, on Friday night at Spartan Arena.

With the win, Castleton evens its record to 2-2-0 on the season and improves to 2-1-0 in NEHC action, while Plymouth State falls to 1-3-1, 1-2-0.

Both teams shared opportunities over the first two frames, but strong defense and solid goaltending kept the game scoreless heading into the third period. A penalty-filled final 20 minutes led to opportunities on both ends of the ice. Following a series of shots from Lisa Kilroy and Ashley Pelkey, Castleton was able to strike first midway through the third period.

Taking advantage of a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity, the Spartans controlled the puck deep in the Panthers zone. Jocelyn Forrest was able to bust loose in the far corner and delivered a perfect pass to Nicolle Trivino in front of the net, who hammered home the one-timer past an outstretched Emelie Lindqvist, putting the Spartans up 1-0 at the 10:56 mark of the final frame.  

Plymouth State responded with pressure of its own, tallying six of the next seven shots on goal, in large part due to three power play opportunities. Brazil was up to the task in net, preserving the one-goal lead into the final minutes.

Still searching for the equalizer with just over one minute remaining, Plymouth State pulled its goalie in favor of an extra attacker on offense. The Panthers were only able to get one shot off, with a rebound opportunity denied in front of the net.  After a shot from the point was blocked, Castleton was able to pick up a loose puck and dump it into the defender's zone. An errant exiting pass found the stick of Hannah Rose in the slot, who hit a top shelf, empty net goal with just two seconds left to put the game away for Castleton. 

Brazil was brilliant again between the pipes for Castleton, stopping all 24 shots in the shutout. The senior improves to 2-0-0 on the season, while Lindqvist falls to 0-2-1 for Plymouth State.

Castleton held a slight edge in faceoffs, 27-19, while shots finished 24-20 in favor of Plymouth State. The Spartans finished 1-for-6 on power-plays and kept the Panthers off the board in four power-play chances. 

Next up for Castleton is a matchup at Norwich University, where the Spartans will take on the No. 6/7 Cadets at 4 p.m. on Saturday.