SALEM, Mass. – Staring down an early deficit, the Castleton University women's ice hockey team came back and defeated Salem State 4-3 to earn its first win of the 2019-20 season Friday evening. With the win tonight, the Spartans improve to 1-2 (1-0 NEHC) while the Vikings fall to 0-2 (0-1 NEHC).
The Spartans began the game in a familiar situation, falling behind at the 10:21 mark of the first period. Rose Sullivan connected on an Abby Stafford pass to give the Vikings the 1-0 advantage. The Vikings raced out and quickly doubled the lead with an Ally Webster goal at the 13:47 mark of the period.
Trailing 2-0 after the first period, the Spartans showed resiliency and took over in the second period. After a tripping penalty on the Vikings, the Spartans took advantage and Ali Stevens scored her first goal of the season to cut the deficit to one. Four minutes later, Stevens, the former NEHC Rookie of the Year scored her second goal of the game to tie the game up at two.
With an even score heading into the final period of play, the Spartans scored early and often to pull away from the Vikings. Casey Traill gave the Spartans their first lead of the game at the 2:31 mark of the third period off an assist from Samantha Munroe. Nicolle Trivino got onto the scoresheet and scored the game winner shortly after. Trivino tallied her first goal of the season, 17th of her career, to give the Spartans a 4-2 lead.
The Vikings scored a power play goal with about two minutes left in the game to pull within one but the Spartans were able to hold on.
Goaltender Alexis Kalm surrendered three goals while collected 26 saves to earn the win. Dana Smullen took the loss, allowing four goals and tallied 19 saves.
Women's ice hockey returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, November 9 as it travels to take on Suffolk in NEHC action. The puck is scheduled to drop at 5:30 p.m.