RUTLAND, Vt. – Led by a pair of goals, including the overtime game-winner, from Aimee Briand, the Castleton University women's ice hockey team defeated New England Hockey Conference rival Plymouth State University 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans improve to 3-2-0 overall and 2-1-0 in league action, while the Panthers fall to 1-3-1 and 1-2-1 in the conference.
Briand notched the game-winning tally just 1:57 into the overtime period off a pass from Jade Remillard. The latter ripped the puck to Briand who was right in front of the goal before she put it away in the upper 90.
Earlier in the overtime period, Remillard slapped a shot from the left of the goal, which was blocked by the Panthers' Shannon Hickey. Nicolle Trivino and Chanel Tvergyak each recorded a shot from the back middle, close to the blue line, during extra time, but Panther goalie Emelie Lindqvist saved them.
Plymouth State's Brooke Maggy answered with a little firepower of her own during overtime, bringing the puck to the right side of the goal and shooting across. It was to no avail as Castleton goalie Rylie Wills slid over and deflected the shot with her pads.
Just over eight minutes into the opening stanza, Castleton took advantage of its first true opportunity. Off the faceoff, won by Castleton, and a pass from Hannah Rose, Ali Stevens fired the initial Spartan shot in. Following a save by Lindqvist, Briand crashed in and stuffed back a rebound shot to put Castleton up 1-0.
Moments later, Plymouth State tied the game at 1-1 by converting a power play opportunity after Castleton's Jocelyn Forrest was sent to the box. At the 9:44 mark of the first, Maggy laced a one-timer from just in front of the goal and found the back of the net. Alexis Fagan and Sydney Linnick were credited with assists.
Through the second and third 20-minute frames, although not scoring, both teams continued to attack the goal. The Spartans notched 17 shots combined, while the Panthers had 18.
Wills earned the win to improve to 3-0-0 on the year while making 28 saves. On the other hand, Lindqvist was tagged with the loss, despite a strong performance in between the pipes. She made 29 saves and is now 1-2-1 during the 2017-18 campaign.
Briand, Wills and Lindqvist earned the three stars of the game, respectively.
Castleton returns to action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday as it travels to face No. 2/2 Norwich, while Plymouth State has the week off before it faces the University of Massachusetts Boston at 4 p.m. on Friday.
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