HOLDERNESS, N.H. – Two third-period goals helped the Castleton University women's ice hockey team come from behind to skate to a 3-3-overtime draw with the Plymouth State Panthers on Friday evening at Hanaway Rink.
Castleton moves to 1-2-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the New England Hockey Conference, while Plymouth State moves to 1-3-1 and 1-1-1 in league action.
Early on, Castleton looked as if it was going to jump out to an early lead, starting off with the first several shots-on-goal. Yet, Plymouth State quickly adjusted and let its offense take over, notching a goal in the ninth and 18th minutes of the period.
Goaltender Rylie Wills stood tall; making 13 saves in the opening frame for the Spartans. Posting a clean sheet in the second period, the senior stopped 16 more attempts to help Castleton climb back into the contest. She finished with 49 saves while playing all 65 minutes. It is the most saves she has made since she put aside 54 shots in a 1-1 overtime draw with Connecticut College in 2016-17.
Jocelyn Forrest took the help from Wills and with assistance from Jade Remillard and Courtney Gauthier; she continued her scorching hot start to the season with her fifth goal of the year. The senior forward received the puck on the far point, swept between defenders and holding on until the last second, caught the goalie leaning and put it past her.
In the third, Forrest collected her sixth score of the year as she was in the right place at the right time. Off a pass from Gauthier, Ryanne Mix snapped one from the far side just inside the blue line. Making the initial stop, the puck trickled through the goalie's legs and Forrest finished the job.
Tied at 2-2 about six minutes later, Maeghan Vasile found herself in the right spot as she punched an errant rebound in. Taking the original shot off to the right of the goalie, Bre Babiarz was credited the assist.
Castleton earned the victory in the faceoff battle as it took 35 of 63 opportunities. Aimee Briand earned 18 wins, while Gauthier won 14 of her chances.
Women's ice hockey returns to action at 4 p.m. on Saturday as it welcomes Southern Maine to Spartan Arena in another NEHC contest.
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