RUTLAND. Vt. – Jocelyn Forrest's first career hat trick led the Castleton University women's ice hockey team past the Salem State Vikings – 5-3 – on Friday evening at Spartan Arena.
Castleton earns its first win of the year (1-2-0) while improving to 1-0-0 in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC). Salem State – an NEHC newcomer – drops its first contest of the year, falling to 0-1-0 overall and in league action.
Putting the Spartans up under five minutes into the game, Forrest buried her first score of the evening off a long pass from Jade Remillard. On the receiving end, Forrest led one way, made several stick fakes and finally finished on the goalie's left side.
In the second, the Spartans continued to find an offensive groove, scoring three times. Courtney Gauthier notched her first of the season before Forrest tallied her second and third goals of the evening.
Up 3-1 in a scrum in front of the Salem State goal, Forrest corralled and shielded the puck before curling and firing over the right shoulder of the Vikings netminder. Less than three minutes later, the senior forward completed the hat trick and tallied her fourth point of the evening.
Cycling the puck, Samantha Munroe dished it forward to Gauthier who found Forrest cutting on the left of the goal. As the defense looked right, Forrest laced it between the pipe and the sliding goaltender to make it 5-1.
The Spartan offense fired on all cylinders for most of the night as they put up 52 shots-on-goal, while the defense was responsible for killing off three power play opportunities.
Alexis Kalm (1-1-0) earned the victory in goal, making 18 saves on 21 shots, playing all 60 minutes.
Castleton returns to the ice at 6 p.m. on Friday as it heads out on the road for the first time to face Plymouth State in NEHC action.
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