MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – Led by a pair of late goals by Aimee Briand, the Castleton University women's ice hockey team defeated Salve Regina University 4-2 on Friday evening at the St. George's School Ice Rink.
The Spartans improve to 2-1-0 overall and earn their first New England Hockey Conference victory to post a 1-0-0 mark. Salve Regina is now 0-3-0 and 0-1-0.
After the Seahawks scored a pair of unanswered goals about a minute and a half apart to end the first period and start the second, Castleton gutted out two scores late to clinch the victory. Briand scored her first goal of the evening and the game-winner at 15:44 of the third period off a pass from Samantha Munroe.
Briand doubled down just three minutes later at 19:17 of the third, scoring on an empty net after the Seahawks pulled their goalie in favor of an extra attacker.
Castleton stormed out of the opening faceoff, scoring the first two goals of the game. Playing more aggressively and utilizing a couple of Salve Regina penalties, the Spartans scored both goals on power-play opportunities.
Ali Stevens continued to impress after scoring three points during the first two games of her career. She received a pass from Hannah Rose – her teammate on the front line – and put it past the goalie at the 12:08 mark of the first.
Playing in the first game of her collegiate career, Casey Traill notched her first-career goal with just five minutes remaining in the opening period. She was unassisted in the effort.
Rylie Wills improved to 2-0-0 during the young season between the pipes. The junior goaltender made eight saves.
Castleton has a quick turnaround as they travel north to face the University of Massachusetts Boston at 2 p.m. on Saturday in NEHC play. The Beacons will be coming off a 5-3 loss to No. 3 Norwich.
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