BRUNSWICK, Maine – Sophia Vingi netted her first-career goal and her second-career point as the Castleton University women's ice hockey team dropped a 5-1 decision at the Bowdoin College Polar Bears on Wednesday evening at Watson Arena.
Castleton falls to 4-10-2 overall, while Bowdoin earned its first win of the season and improves to 1-10-0.
Playing back-and-forth hockey throughout the first period, neither side allowed the other to gain momentum. With less than two minutes remaining in the opening frame, Bowdoin's Marissa Fichter shot a wrister past the Castleton goaltender to grab the lead. The Polar Bears would not look back, extending the lead to 2-0 just shy of six minutes into the second.
Only three minutes after, Vingi tallied the first score of her collegiate career to get the Spartans on the board and cut the home team's lead in half. The rebuttal tally came when Maeghan Vasile pulled the puck off of the back boards and found Aimee Briand on the doorstep. Briand slipped the puck to Vingi on her side for a quick goal.
The Polar Bears responded with an offensive outbreak, scoring three times during the following 13 minutes to stretch its lead to 5-1.
Rylie Wills was tagged with the loss in between the pipes, making 13 saves in 40 minutes of action. Alexis Kalm entered the game after the second period, to play 20 minutes and make 12 stops on 13 shots.
Women's ice hockey will now have nine days off from competition before returning to action at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 as they travel to face NEHC-rival Suffolk University.
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