RUTLAND, Vt. – Three goals from three different scorers led the Castleton University women's ice hockey team past the University of Southern Maine Huskies – 3-1 – on Saturday evening at Spartan Arena.
Castleton improves to 2-2-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the New England Hockey Conference. Southern Maine falls to 2-3-1 and 2-2-0 in league action.
Making the more aggressive decisions early, Southern Maine found itself in a 5-on-3 situation. Yet, the Spartan defense remained steady and sent aside several Huskies shots, while goaltender Alexis Kalm made a few impressive saves during the 2:22 of power play time.
A relatively quiet first period gave way to three goals in the middle stanza as Castleton netted two. Jocelyn Forrest scored her seventh of the year and third during the weekend just 15 seconds into the period. Cleaning up the rebound off of Jade Remillard's initial shot, Forrest poked it past the goalie's outstretched right leg to give the Spartans a 1-0 advantage.
Less than 13 minutes later, Ali Stevens seemingly did the impossible, shooting from behind the net and scoring. With help from Nicolle Trivino and Courtney Gauthier, Stevens slapped the puck toward the post, clipping the goalie's pad and benefitting from a trickling puck.
Following a Southern Maine goal late in the second, Trivino collected her second point of the evening and effectively put the game on ice. Staying with the puck, Trivino used a nifty backhand slap to shoot through the goalie's legs after Casey Traill and Aimee Briand each took shots that were stopped.
Between the pipes, Kalm made 23 saves on 24 shots for a .958 save percentage during her 60 minutes of play.
Castleton earned the faceoff battle, taking 26 of 47 opportunities. Briand and Gauthier each collected 11 victories.
Women's ice hockey returns to action at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 as it heads Northfield, Vt. to face defending national champion and nationally ranked Norwich.
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