RUTLAND, Vt. – Jade Remillard's third-period score to get the Castleton University women's ice hockey team on the board and jumpstart the comeback effort was not enough as the hosts fell to the UMass Boston Beacons – 3-1 – on Friday evening at Spartan Arena.
Castleton falls to 4-5-2 and 4-2-1 in New England Hockey Conference action, while UMass Boston improves to 6-5-2 and 3-3-2.
Entering the third period, trailing 2-0, Castleton put forth an aggressive brand of play, which forced a power-play opportunity almost immediately. Less than 30 seconds later, the Beacons committed another penalty to give Castleton a 5-on-3 advantage.
Cycling the puck through the offensive zone, Courtney Gauthier took it off the boards and passed it off to Aimee Briand. The latter rotated to the top of the zone and fired, clipping both Jocelyn Forrest and eventually Jade Remillard before slipping past the outstretched glove of the opposing netminder to make it 2-1.
Still holding a player advantage – following the 5-on-3 score – Castleton remained aggressive in the offensive zone. Yet, UMass Boston was able to hunker down and keep the Spartans in-check to preserve the one-goal lead.
Converting on an extra-player advantage just seven minutes through the first period, UMass Boston's Sarah King netted her first score of the season. Off of a pass from Elie Fallieras, Jane Morrisette sent the slapper toward the net, which King adjusted her stick to knock in.
Near the same time in the second period, the Beacons extended the lead to 2-0 as Fallieras and Morrisette switched spots in assisting Kaleigh Beauregard to the goal. With the clock ticking down in the third, King was in the right place at the right time as she returned from the penalty box to a loose puck and was able to skate away with an empty-netter.
In goal, Rylie Wills was charged with the loss after allowing two scores in more than 58 minutes of playing time; she made 25 saves. Meanwhile, the Beacons' Alyssa DePippo earned the victory, while making 12 stops.
Nearly splitting the faceoff battle evenly, the Beacons claimed a 22-21 advantage. Katie Leffler earned eight wins to lead UMass Boston and Aimee Briand collected 13 for Castleton.
Women's ice hockey returns to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday as it hosts Suffolk University in league action.
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