Castleton improves to 11-11-1 overall and 7-4-1 in the New England Hockey Conference, while the Pilgrims fall to 2-19-2 and 1-10-1. The Spartans now have 15 league points in the race for one of the top seeds in the conference championship in about a week's time.
Scoring three goals in the second period, Castleton blew open the previously neck-and-neck game. Notching the only score in the opening 20 minutes, Aimee Briand found the back of the twine with less than a minute remaining.
Assisted by her front-line mates, Ali Stevens collected the puck and sent it around the boards to Lisa Kilroy. Behind the net on the left side, Kilroy sent the puck in front of the goal where Briand on a reach got enough of the puck to put it away via a backhand flick shot.
Scoring the eventual game-winner, Maeghan Vasile ripped a slap shot from the right-side point about seven minutes in the second frame. Traveling through a mess of players from both sides, the puck deflected off the defender and slipped inside the left pipe.
Moments later, Nicolle Trivino tallied an insurance goal, putting the Spartans up 3-0. The sophomore forward poked the puck loose from a New England College skater. At the left point, Trivino took it herself, one-on-one with the goalie and flicked it past the netminder.
Scoring two of Castleton's final three goals, Kilroy and Stevens teamed up twice. In the second, Stevens came off the boards and passed the puck into Kilroy for the goal. Later in the third period, the players swapped roles as the senior assistant captain dished the puck to her freshman line-mate, respectively.
Castleton's fifth goal at the 15:06 mark of the third period was a historic one for a pair of Spartans. Starting the scoring play, Jocelyn Forrest sent the puck down the far side to Sophia Vingi. Against the wall on the right point, Vingi passed the puck to Bre Babiarz for the tally. In the chain of events, Vingi recorded her first collegiate assist, while Babiarz scored her first collegiate goal.
Playing all 60 minutes between the pipes, Alexis Kalm nearly posted a third-straight shutout. Stopping 13-of-14 shots face, the sophomore improved to 8-7-0 on the year and 7-2-0 since the beginning of 2018.
Women's ice hockey returns to action at 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday for a pair of contests against NEHC-foes the University of New England and the University of Southern Maine, respectively.
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