SALEM, Mass. – Scores in each period – including two in the second – led the Castleton University women's ice hockey team past the Salem State Vikings 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Rockett Arena.
Castleton closes the regular season with the win to improve to 9-13-3 overall and 9-5-2 in the New England Hockey Conference. The Spartans have clinched a playoff spot and will await the final seedings to determine their next opponent. Salem State slips to 6-14-4 and 3-10-3 in the league.
Trailing 1-0 early as Salem State's Casie Curtin notched a goal with just over two minutes gone, Nicolle Trivino tallied her second point in as many games. The junior forward ripped a shot from the point, which trickled past the opposing netminder.
After Salem State reclaimed the lead approaching the 15-minute mark of the second, it took the Spartans just 20 seconds to respond. Jocelyn Forrest poked at the rebound – off of Bre Babiarz's initial shot – forcing it across the goal line for her team-leading 14th score of the season.
Keeping the pressure on, Aimee Briand remained hot with her ninth goal of the season and first of two points during the contest at the 19:32 mark of the second. The senior captain weaved through the defense, breaking away from a Vikings' defender to score the eventual game-winner.
Katlyn Hathaway earned the win in her first career start between the pipes. She made 11 saves, including 10 in the first and second combined to help the Spartans stay in the contest. Hathaway played the entire 60 minutes.
Women's ice hockey will return to action on Saturday as it hosts NEHC Quarterfinal action with its opponent to be determined following the release of the final standings.
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