Rose's Hat Trick Lifts Spartans Past UNE, 6-4

Rose's Hat Trick Lifts Spartans Past UNE, 6-4

RUTLAND, Vt. – Hannah Rose recorded her first career hat trick to lead the Castleton women's hockey team past the University of New England, 6-4, in a pivotal seesaw New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) battle on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Arena.

Castleton wins its third consecutive game to improve to 7-12-4 overall and 6-7-2 in the NEHC, while building a three-point lead over the Nor'easters in the conference as they fall to 8-13-2, 5-9-1.

Rose led the offense with three goals and an assist, while line mate Aimee Briand also picked up four points on a pair of goals and assists. Jocelyn Forrest scored her ninth goal of the season, while Bre Babiarz, Hannah Wright, and Ashley Pelkey also added assists in the win.

Rylie Wills picked up her third win of the season, making 31 saves to improve to 3-3-1 on the year.

Mary Wirth, Tatum Gietl, and Emily Corrales led the Nor'easters with two points apiece. Wirth gave the University of New England a one-goal lead two separate times in the first period, finishing with two goals on the night. Gietl also added a goal and an assist, while Corrales added two assists of her own. Sydney Helmbrecht saddled the loss in net, finishing with 19 saves. 

With the game locked 2-2 after the first period, and again 3-3 after two, the Spartan offense came alive with three goals in the third. Briand and Rose began the surge with two power-play goals less than two minutes apart. Setting up possession in the offensive zone, Rose sent a pass to Wright at the point. She flipped a low slap shot on net that Briand got a piece of as the Spartans re-gained the lead, 4-3, at the 6:27 mark of the third. Rose followed up with her second goal of the night at the 8:08 mark, firing home a rebound from Wright's shot at the point.

The Nor'easters responded just over two minutes later with a power-play goal of their own. Gabby Crugnale took an outlet pass from Corrales and fired a shot from the near circle that lifted over Wills's right shoulder to make it 5-4 at the 10:31 mark.

The University of New England came away with ample opportunities in the period, outshooting Castleton 15-11 in the period, including several shots from point blank. Wills stood tall down the stretch, however, maintaining the one-goal lead down into the final minutes. The Nor'easters pulled their goalie with just 1:30 left in favor of an extra attacker, but Rose netted an empty net goal for her third of the game with just 14 seconds left to secure the victory for the Spartans.

The Nor'easters held a steady advantage in shots, 35-25, and finished the night 2-for-6 on the power-play. Castleton converted on two of its three power-play chances, while also winning the faceoff battle, 37-34.

Castleton will take its three-game winning streak into Franklin Pierce next Friday, where they will take on the Falcons in another NEHC matchup slated for 8 p.m.