RUTLAND, Vt. – Casey Traill netted her first goal of the season, but the Castleton University women's ice hockey team fell 4-2 to the Suffolk University Rams in New England Hockey Conference play on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Arena.
Castleton completes the first half of the season at 4-6-2 and 4-3-1 in league action, while Suffolk finishes at 8-4-1 and 5-2-1.
Pulling the team within one with just under five minutes gone in the third period, Casey Traill sent a one-timer as she approached the doorstep that found the back of the twine. Courtney Gauthier's pass to Jocelyn Forrest started the sequence before Forrest and Traill put together a give-and-go leading to the score.
Earlier in the contest, Aimee Briand notched her third goal of the season and cut Suffolk's early 2-0 advantage in half. Stealing the puck from the Ram's player at the blue line, she weaved back-and-forth through traffic before deking the goalie and scoring.
Between the pipes, Alexis Kalm was charged with the loss as she surrendered all four goals in just over 59 minutes of play. She made 19 saves, including an outstretched glove-stop in the first period, which marked the 1,000th save of her career.
Despite the score, the Spartans (27) actually tallied four more shots than the visiting Rams (23). Both sides played relatively clean hockey with just four combined penalties and three charged to Suffolk.
Briand led the Spartans once again in the faceoff category, securing 15 wins in 22 opportunities. Castleton as a team earned 26 victories versus 22 for Suffolk.
Women's ice hockey returns to action after the New Year with a 5 p.m. contest on Jan. 2 against the Trinity College Bantams.
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