CASTLETON, Vt. – Kicking off the weekend with its 10th Annual Pink the Rink Game, the Castleton University women's ice hockey team will re-start New England Hockey Conference play with a pair of games against league foes.
Welcoming Salve Regina to Spartan Arena for a 7 p.m. contest, Castleton will look to repeat the result it earned earlier in the year. During the second weekend of the 2017-18, slate the Spartans travelled to the Ocean State and earned a 4-2 victory over the Seahawks.
Following Salve Regina's Maddy McCann netting the equalizer early in the second period, Aimee Briand scored twice in the third to secure the victory. Those goals were numbers two and three on the season for the junior forward who now has a team-leading nine scores.
With five goals to this point, McCann ranks in a tie for second on the Seahawk squad. Leading the way is junior forward Taylor Chisholm with six goals, four assists and 10 points.
Notching a pair of assists in the earlier win at Salve, Hannah Rose – one of the two seniors to be honored on Saturday – has played the role of captain well throughout the season. She tops the squad with 12 assists and 15 points to this point.
Friday's contest also marks the Spartans yearly effort to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer. Partnering with the Rutland Regional Medical Center (RRMC) and its Foley Cancer Center, Castleton will wear limited edition pink jerseys. The uniforms feature the Spartan logo as well as the words strength, love, courage, hope and faith, repeatedly.
Prior to the contest, the RRMC will be handing out pink cowbells to the first 100 fans to enter Spartan Arena as well as selling another 50. The collector items will have a Spartan logo as well as a 10-year anniversary/Foley Cancer Center logo on it. Other items to be raffled include a customizable Pink the Rink jersey and a limited edition pink Vermont Teddy Bear.
On Saturday, Castleton will welcome the University of Massachusetts at Boston for a 3 p.m. contest, while also celebrating its graduating seniors. Lisa Kilroy along with Rose will be recognized before the contest with the current NEHC two-seed Beacons.
Earlier in the year, the Spartans dropped a 6-3 game in Boston, Mass. After scoring the first three goals of the game, Castleton saw a rejuvenated UMass Boston team come out of the locker room and score six unanswered goals.
Beacon goalie Alyssa DePippo earned the win after relieving starter Rachel Myette, who Castleton tagged for three scores in 14-plus minutes. The netminders have 2.76 and 1.35 goals against average, as well as .916 and .943, save percentages on the season, respectively.
In goal for Castleton, the Spartans have been back-and-forth between Alexis Kalm and Rylie Wills. On a hot streak as of late, over the last five contests, Kalm has raised her season save percentage over 40 points and lowered her goals against average by more than a goal.
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