EAST BOSTON, Mass. -- The Castleton University women's ice hockey defeated Suffolk 3-1 Saturday evening in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action at Louis E. Porrazzo Memorial Rink to earn the weekend sweep. With the win this evening, the Spartans improve to 2-2-0 (2-0-0 NEHC) while the Rams fall to 1-3-0 (1-1-0 NEHC).
For the first time this season, the Spartans scored the opening goal. At the 8:01 mark of the first period, senior captain Sophia Vingi scored a power play goal to tally her first goal of the season. Under two minutes later, the Spartans earned another power play and the team took advantage. Casey Traill used a pass from Samantha Munroe and scored to double the Spartans' lead at the 9:01 mark of the period.
The Spartans went two for six on the power play during the contest, which was their best percentage so far this season.
The Rams looked to capitalize on their own power play late in the second period. Alexis Kalm had other things in mind though as the Spartans' netminder stopped five Rams' shots over the final 10 minutes to send the Spartans into the second intermission with a two-goal cushion.
Kalm was near perfect in net, stopping 38 of 39 shots to earn her second win of the season.
The Rams came alive in the third period as Shana Cote collected her second goal of the season to cut the deficit to one. The Rams were unable to break through and pulled goaltender Julia McLellan in the final minute of the game in attempt to tie the game.
Nicolle Trivino would add an empty net goal at the 19:56 mark of the third period to solidify the win for the Spartans.
Women's ice hockey returns to action Friday, November 15 as it travels to take on Plymouth State in NEHC action. The puck is scheduled to drop at 6 p.m.