Spartans Held In Check At Norwich

Spartans Held In Check At Norwich

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Castleton University women's ice hockey team dropped a 3-0 decision to nationally-ranked Norwich on Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena.

With the loss, Castleton falls to 2-3-0 overall and 2-2-0 in NEHC action, while No. 6/7 Norwich improves to 4-0-0, 4-0-0.

Following a scoreless opening frame, Norwich came out in a big way in the second period, scoring all three of its goals over a seven-minute span.

Kim Tiberi started the scoring with her first goal of the season at the 5:29 mark, controlling the puck at the near circle and skating to the middle for an uncontested shot that trickled in following a scrum in front of the net.

Amanda Conway doubled the lead for the Cadets six minutes later on the power-play at 11:35 of the period. Conway started the play by winning the ensuing faceoff following the Spartans penalty and finished it just five seconds later by re-directing a Robyn Foley shot to go up, 2-0. The Cadets were not done, adding another goal just 18 seconds later, when Erin Joyce buried a rebound off a pad save from Brazil to make it 3-0 heading into the break. 

Both teams created chances in the third period, but Castleton was unable to find the back of the net as the Cadets went on for the 3-0 win.

Jocelyn Forrest, Nicolle Trivino, Hannah Rose, and Aimee Briand notched two shots on goal apiece, while Chanel Tvergyak and Bre Babiarz also put the puck on net for the Spartans. 

Shots finished 45-10 in favor of Norwich, while the Spartans blocked 20 more on defense. Rachael Brazil recorded 42 saves, despite suffering her first loss of the season. On the other side, Laurie King made ten saves in the shutout victory for Norwich. The Cadets won the faceoff battle, 47-18, and converted one of five power-play chances, while Castleton finished 0-for-2 with the extra attacker. 

Castleton will return to action on Friday for a matchup with Saint Anselm at 4 p.m. at Spartan Arena.