PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Led on both ends of the ice by its defense, the Castleton University women's ice hockey team used scores from defender's Hannah Rose and Casey Traill alongside 28 saves by Alexis Kalm to pick up an all-important conference victory.
Earning the 3-0 win, Castleton improved to 10-11-1 during the 2017-18 season, while collecting points 12 and 13 on the way to a 6-4-1 New England Hockey Conference record. Plymouth State falls to 6-13-4 and 5-5-2 in league action.
Putting the icing on a great all-around effort by the Spartans, Jocelyn Forrest tallied a power-play goal with 16 minutes remaining in the third period. The score made it a 3-0 lead, which Castleton would not relinquish.
Playing with the man advantage and the puck on Nicolle Trivino's stick, the sophomore flicked the puck across the top of the crease to her teammate on the right side. Forrest, the recipient, had the open net as the goalie was looking the other way and capitalized with the one-timer.
Alexis Kalm continued to give off the aura of confidence she has had since the calendar flipped from 2017. In 10 appearances between the pipes since the start of the new year, the sophomore netminder has gone 6-2, while holding opponents to a 1.38 goals-against-average. Including 28 saves against Plymouth State, she has now saved 232 of the past 244 shots she has faced, which is good for a .951 save percentage.
Approaching the conclusion of the opening period, Rose put the Spartans on the board with her fourth score of the year. Increasing the advantage to 2-0 just past the midway point of the second (11:50), Traill made the defensive line 2-for-2 during the afternoon with her fourth score.
Aimee Briand and Rose continued to lead the way for the Spartans in the points category. As Rose picked up her 16th point of the campaign on the first-period goal, Briand added an assist for point number 17 on the Traill score. The center also picked up 18 faceoff wins, which again led the squad.
Killing off all four penalties faced, the Spartans made it two straight contests without allowing a power-play goal. On the other hand, Castleton picked up a man-up goal for the third consecutive contest.
Returning to the ice at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Castleton will welcome New England College to town in a makeup of the game originally scheduled for Nov. 10.
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