RUTLAND, Vt. – Three third-period goals from Hannah Rose, Nicolle Trivino, and Lisa Kilroy lifted the Castleton University women's ice hockey team over the University of Southern Maine 4-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Castleton improves to 4-3-1 and 3-2-1 in the New England Hockey Conference, while USM falls to 2-5-0 and 2-4-0 in league play.
Followed by split scoring in the first two periods, Castleton's Hannah Rose led a third-period Spartan surge starting at the 4:37 mark of the third. The Kenora, Ontario native ripped the puck past the right side of USM goalie Whitney Padgett. Rose received the puck from Jocelyn Forrest, who went behind the net to corral it.
Less than three minutes later, Rose assisted on Nicolle Trivino's goal to put the Spartans up 3-1. Forrest notched a secondary helper after firing a shot wide, which Rose redirected to Trivino who smacked a one-timer to the upper right 90.
Opening the scoring, USM's Amanda Piknick notched a goal off a breakaway opportunity just 2:22 into the game. Samantha Comeau tallied the assist. Piknick moved left, then shot right slightly under the crossbar and past Castleton goalie Alexis Kalm's outstretched glove.
Along with two assists, Forrest scored Castleton's first goal early in the second period to tie the contest at 1-1. Casey Traill corralled the puck in the Spartan defensive zone and sent it up to Forrest. The latter led right the whole way, shifted the puck left and fired back right just inside the right post.
Notching an insurance goal with less than two minutes remaining, Lisa Kilroy juked a couple of defenders and beat the goalie on the right. Felicia Bjalvegard tallied the assist, sending the puck in just before exiting the ice.
In the faceoff battle, Castleton dominated through the first half before USM started to turn the tide. Led by Aimee Briand who won 16-of-23, the Spartans won 38 against the Huskies' 19 victories.
Both sides earned perfect marks on the penalty kill, turning away the other on each power play opportunity.
Alexis Kalm notched 16 saves while earning her first win of the year (1-3-0) between the pipes. Padgett made 30 stops in goal for the Huskies.
Castleton returns to action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening as it hosts nonconference opponent Franklin Pierce University. Southern Maine travels to face Colby College at the same time.
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