WORCESTER, Mass. – The Castleton women's hockey team dropped a New England Hockey Conference matchup on Friday evening, falling to Holy Cross by a final score of 4-1.
Aimee Briand scored the lone Spartan goal in the contest, while Jocelyn Forrest and Lisa Kilroy added assists. Jess Cameron stopped 26 shots in the contest for Castleton. Maeve Reilly tallied a pair of goals for Holy Cross, while five different Crusaders recorded assists.
The loss drops the Spartans to 13-4-2 overall and 8-2-1 in NEHC action. The Crusaders are now 16-2-0 overall and 8-2-0 in conference play, while moving 9-0 on their home ice this season.
Holy Cross opened the scoring at 7:32 of the first frame, when Meghan O'Donnell scored on assists from Katie Goguen and Jackie Gellner. The Crusaders struck again four minutes later, when Reilly took a pass from Mackenzie Boardman and found the back of the net to double the home team's lead to 2-0. Castleton would answer back at 14:10, when Briand cut the lead in half for the Spartans to make it a 2-1 game. Forrest picked up her first point as a Spartan, assisting on the goal along with Kilroy.
Holy Cross wasted no time coming out of the locker room, scoring just 14 seconds into the period to take a 3-1 lead in the second period. Reilly took a pass from Izzy Bagi and found the back of the net to give the home team the two goal cushion with 19:46 to play in the middle period. The Spartan defense locked down from that point on, holding the Crusaders scoreless for the remainder of the second frame to keep the deficit at 3-1 entering the final period of play.
Neither team could get the offense going in the final frame, as the two sides were scoreless until 19:33 of the period. With Cameron pulled in favor of an extra attacker, the Spartans conceded a goal to Holy Cross; Lauren Abbenante was able to pot the empty-netter to give the game its final score of 4-1 in favor of the Crusaders.
Cameron stopped 26 shots in the contest, moving her record to 13-4-2 on the season for Castleton. Tessie Salatas stopped 20 shots in the win, her ninth of the season.
The Crusaders held a 30-21 shot advantage in the game, while Castleton held a 20-18 advantage at the face-off dot. Special teams play was a non-factor in the game, as the Spartans failed to convert on the only power-play attempt for either side.
The Spartans are back in action next Friday, February 5, when they travel to St. Michael's for a NEHC matchup. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.