RUTLAND, Vt. – Undone by penalties, the Castleton University women's ice hockey team dropped a 5-1 decision to the visiting Morrisville State Mustangs on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Arena.
Castleton falls to 0-2-0 on the young season, while Morrisville improves to 2-0-0.
Six second-period penalties and subsequently six power-play opportunities were converted into three goals by the Mustang offense. The Spartans would get one back near the midway point of the third period but it would not be enough.
In the ninth minute of the third period, Jocelyn Forrest took the puck off of a pass from Jade Remillard on the far side boards. Dangling through traffic, Forrest kept the puck on her stick and sent it in from the side. Initially staying with the puck, Morrisville's goalie was unable to control it and it slipped across the line and in.
Morrisville got on the board at the 16:55 mark of the first period as Jessica Ujcik scored her first of three on the afternoon with help from Maddison Devlin and Chyne Kennedy. Adding her second in the fifth minute of the second, Ujcik used Ciara Lark and Maria Dewilde's help to score and make it 2-0.
Devlin and Alexziz Giannamore would help make it 4-0 heading into the second intermission with their fourth and first goals of the year, respectively.
Rylie Wills was tagged with the loss in goal for the Spartans as she made 28 saves on 33 shots in her first appearance of the season. Karoline Arvik improved to 2-0-0 for Morrisville after making 24 saves in 59-plus minutes.
Aimee Briand (12) and Courtney Gauthier (8) earned the majority of faceoff opportunities for the Spartans with the two combining for 20 wins. Giannamore led the Mustangs with 13, while Dewilde had 10.
The Spartans will return to action at 4 p.m. on Friday as it hosts NEHC newcomer Salem State in their first conference action of the year. Meanwhile, Morrisville remains on the road as it plays its first league games of the year against Nichols starting at 3:40 p.m. on Friday.
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