NEW LONDON, Conn. – Connecticut College's Melissa Alexander's goal with under eight minutes remaining in regulation led the host Camels past the Castleton University women's ice hockey team – 1-0 – on Tuesday evening at Dayton Arena.
Castleton falls to 2-4-1, while vote-receiving Connecticut College improves to 2-0-1 with a win in its home-opening contest.
At the 12:15 mark of the third period, Alexander cut in front of the net, one-timing a pass from Jordan Cross on the wing. Ellie Branka sent in the puck to Cross to start the scoring possession.
The Spartans and Camels played 60 minutes of physical back-and-forth hockey with the visitors struggling to get anything going on offense. Castleton tallied nine shots-on-goal with seniors Jocelyn Forrest (3), Jade Remillard (2) and Aimee Briand (1) combining for six attempts. Sophomores Ali Stevens, Courtney Gauthier and Casey Traill each took one shot.
Rylie Wills took the loss in goal, while doing everything shy of standing on her head. The senior goaltender made 23 saves on 24 shots for a .958 save percentage.
Women's hockey has 10 days off, returning to action following Thanksgiving break at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 as it hosts conference newcomer Johnson & Wales University.
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