CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton's women's hockey team wraps up its regular season this weekend with a pair of New England Hockey Conference road games on Friday and Saturday.
The Spartans travel to No. 7/8 Norwich on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. before taking on New England College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. to close out the regular season.
Castleton enters the weekend with a 15-6-2 record, surpassing its win total from a season ago with a victory last time out against Southern Maine. The Spartans are 10-4-1 in NEHC play, placing them fourth in the conference.
Taylor Steadman enters the weekend as the team's leading scorer, netting 12 goals and six assists on the season for a total of 18 points. Aimee Briand sits second on the team in points, posting six goals and 10 assists in her rookie campaign for a total of 16 points. Hannah Rose has scored nine goals for the Spartans, six of which were game winners, while recording six assists to date. Anna Daniels also sits at 15 points on the year, leading the team with 12 assists to pair with a trio of goals. Brianna Keats (5g, 9a), Lisa Kilroy (6g, 6a), and Rachel Bombardier (3g, 7a) round out the double-digit point scorers for the Spartans.
Between the pipes for Castleton, Jess Cameron has posted a strong senior campaign, recording a 14-6-2 record to date with three shutouts. The netminder has stopped 733 shots in total, tallying a .946 save percentage and a 1.96 goals-against average. Cameron has allowed three goals or more just six times in her 22 starts, and just three times in 14 conference starts. The senior is seemingly at her best against the Cadets, as she has been stellar against a ranked Norwich team in her last two starts dating back to last season. Cameron has stopped 66 out of 67 shots en route to a 1-1 record in those games, including a 1-0 shutout in January of this season.
The Cadets come into Friday's matchup sitting at first place in the NEHC, holding a 14-1-0 record in conference action and a 17-6-0 record overall. The Cadets have recorded shutouts in back-to-back games, blanking both Southern Maine and the U. of New England a week ago. After dropping back-to-back games to Castleton and Plattsburgh St. in January, the Cadets have reeled off an eight game winning streak coming into the weekend.
Norwich has seven players with double-digit points on the season, led by Adelle Murphy with 20. The junior forward has tallied 10 goals and 10 assists, finding a nice balance for a Norwich offense that averages just less than three goals per contest. Bryn Labbe leads the team in goals, finding the back of the net 12 times this season while assisting on seven more for a total of 19 points. The freshman has also been a force on special teams, netting four power-play goals to go along with a pair of shorthanded goals. Sarah Schwenzfeier has come through in the clutch for the Cadets, scoring four game-winning goals this season. Madison Gallagher and Rachel Bellio have each scored six times this season, while Robyn Foley has collected eight assists.
In goal, Celeste Robert has started 14 times, recording a shutout in seven of those starts. The junior has posted an 11-4-0 record to go along with a 1.20 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage. Laurie King has been just as good in goal for the Cadets, going 6-2-0 in nine starts this season. King has posted five shutouts this season, and has collected a save percentage of .933 as well as a goals-against average of 1.36.
These two squads faced off last month, with Castleton picking up its first-ever win against Norwich at Spartans Arena. Ashley Pelkey was the difference maker, as she scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for the Spartans. Cameron stopped 39 shots in the win, her third shutout of the season.
New England College comes into the weekend at 8-14-1 overall and 3-11-1 in NEHC play, putting them at 11th in the NEHC. The Pilgrims have dropped three consecutive games, most recently dropping a weekend double-header to Manhattanville and Salve Regina.
Rachel Vigliano leads the Pilgrims in goals to date, scoring nine times on the season. Amanda McGoldrick is the assists leader for her squad, helping out on eight goals this season while scoring five of her own to tie with Morgan Braniff for the team lead in points. Braniff has tallied seven goals and six assists for 13 points this season, including on power-play goal and one shorthanded goal. Vigliano has tallied three game-winning goals on the season for the Pilgrims, although she leads the team in penalty minutes with 26.
In goal for NEC, Lindsey Powers has started 18 times, working her way to a 6-11-1 record. The freshman holds a .925 save percentage to go along with a 2.80 goals-against average. Powers has also collected a pair of shutouts on the year.
The Spartans were victorious last year at Spartan Arena against the Pilgrims, as Daniels collected two goals and an assist to lead Castleton to a 4-1 win. Cameron stopped 20 shots in the win for the Spartans.