Spartans Suffer Letdown at USM

Spartans Suffer Letdown at USM

Gorham, Maine - After their most prolific offensive output of the season on Friday night, the Spartan offense sputtered. The Spartans mustered just one goal, suffering a 2-1 defeat to ECAC East foe Southern Maine on Saturday afternoon. 

Liz Bergstrom played well for the Huskies, stopping 30 Spartan shots on the day and earning the win in net. Paula Stephens allowed a pair of goals and earned 18 saves in the loss. Bridget O'Brien netted both of the USM tallies, while Nicoline Jensen accounted for the only Castleton goal.

The action started early in the first period when O'Brien cracked the scoreboard with her first goal of the year. The senior finished off a pass from Lynn Kozlowski and buried it to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the opening minutes. 

Despite outshooting the Huskies over the course of the game, Castleton struggled to beat USM goaltender Liz Bergstrom. In the second period, the Spartans netted their only score. Nicoline Jensen put the Spartans on the board off of a pass from Anna Daniels to tie the game just over five minutes into the second frame. The tally marked Jensen's sixth goal in the past four games.

In the third, Southern Maine only mustered a pair of shots on the Castleton net, but much to the shagrin of Stephens and the Spartansm one of them found the net. In the fourth minute of the final period, it was O'Brien again who put the Huskies ahead. Cassandra Sherman earned an assist on the goal that proved to be the game-winner.

Castleton pounded the Southern Maine net for the remainder of the game, tallying 14 shots in the frame, and 31 shots over the course of the entire game, but couldn't find a way to tie the game. The Huskies escaped with a 2-1 victory to improve to 4-0-0 on the year.

With the loss, Castleton falls back to 3-3-0 on the year, 1-1-0 in the conference. The team will host in-state rival, and perennial hockey power Norwich on Friday, November 22. The Spartans have never defeated the Cadets.