Women's Hockey Shuts Out Southern Maine

Women's Hockey Shuts Out Southern Maine
RUTLAND, Vt. – Hannah Rose scored two goals and Alexis Kalm made 26 saves for her first career shutout as the Castleton University women's ice hockey team downed the University of Southern Maine, 4-0, on Friday night in the ninth annual Pink the Rink contest at Spartan Arena. 

With the win, Castleton improves to 6-12-4 on the season and 5-7-2 in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action, while Southern Maine, which came into the night just one point behind Castleton, falls to 6-14-1 overall and 4-9-1 in conference play.

After the two teams skated to a 2-2 draw just two weeks ago at USM Ice Arena, the Spartans earned the upper hand on the season series with all four goals coming over the first two periods. Rose led the way with two goals on the night, while Aimee Briand flipped helpers on the first and last goals to add two points of her own. Jocelyn Forrest and Nicolle Trivino also added goals, while Hannah Wright, Bre Babiarz, Chanel Tvergyak, and Felicia Bjalvegard each picked up an assist.

Kalm was exceptional between the pipes, stopping all 26 saves to improve to 2-7-3 on the year. 

Forrest put the Spartans on the board first with her team-leading eighth goal of the season at the 9:28 mark of the first period. Cycling the puck on the power play, Briand sent a pass to Wright at the point, where she ripped a slap shot that Evangelista initially turned aside. Forrest was there at the door step, however, to put the Spartans up 1-0 on a rebound goal. Kalm steered away all six shots in the period to hold the lead going into the locker room. 

The Spartans shifted into a new gear in the middle frame, tallying three goals over an eight minute span that started and ended with Rose. The junior notched her fifth goal of the season just over three minutes in, again on the power play. After the Huskies denied multiple Spartan efforts at the beginning of the chance, Rose forced a turnover near center ice and weaved through traffic on her own before potting a top shelf wrist shot to make it 2-0 at the 3:23 mark.

Just over three minutes later, Trivino made it 3-0 on a fast break opportunity after a successful clearing attempt. She lifted a fancy backhander from just inside the far circle that flipped inside the cross bar with Babiarz and Tvergyak credited on the assists.  

Rose finished off the second-period scoring at the 8:08 mark after Southern Maine goaltender Britney Evangelista made a strong save on a shot from Aimee Briand. The rebound came right back to her however, and she then tipped it across the crease to Rose at the near post to make it 4-0 heading into the third period.

Neither side was able to gain an advantage over the final period, despite three power play chances for the visitors. Kalm stood tall in net, making all 10 stops in the stanza to preserve the shut out. After relieving Evangelista late in the game, Courtney Davis made nine third-period saves of her own as the game ended 4-0.

Castleton held an advantage in shots, 31-26, as well as faceoffs, 32-30. The Spartans converted on its first two power play opportunities and finished 2-for-5 overall, while holding Southern Maine off the board of five chances with the woman advantage.

The Spartans will play their final home game of the regular season on Saturday when the University of New England comes to town for an NEHC matchup slated for 3 p.m.