Spartans Shutout Pilgrims, 5-0

Spartans Shutout Pilgrims, 5-0

Henniker, N.H. - Castleton earned its third consecutive win as they dispatched the New England College Pilgrims 5-0 on Friday evening in Henniker. Nicoline Jensen and Anna Daniels each finished with a goal and two assists to lead the Spartans to victory.

Jess Cameron made her third start of the season, and recorded her first career shutout. The Spartan goaltender made 20 saves between the pipes for Castleton while her counterpart Lauren Hopps made 53 saves in the loss for New England College.

In their nine games entering the contest, Castleton had only scored six first period goals. On Friday, Castleton lit the lamp three times in the first frame to jump out to an early lead. Samantha Pion tallied a goal just under six minutes into the game to give the Spartans a 1-0 cushion. Later in the period, Allie Howard and Jensen each chimed in with goals to widen the margin to 3-0 before the first intermission.

In the second period, the Spartans piled on with a goal from Daniels. Lisa Kilroy and Jensen were each credited with an assist as Castleton took a 4-0 lead into the final frame.

The Spartans outshot NEC 22-4 in the final period, but Hopps kept the visitors at bay, allowing just one goal in the period. Rachel Bombardier netted her second goal of the season to put the Spartans ahead 5-0. 

Castleton's victory on Friday marks three in a row for the squad, the first three-game winning streak for the program since the 2011-2012 season when the squad rattled off three consecutive conference wins over Nichols, Southern Maine, and Plymouth St.

The Spartans will look to continue their winning ways on Saturday when they travel to regional power Middlebury College to take on the second-seeded Panthers. Tomorrow's contest will set the Spartans aside from the rest of the nation as the only team in Division III Women's Ice Hockey to play the top three teams in the D3Hockey.com national rankings. The Spartans fell 1-0 to #1 Plattsburgh St. and lost 2-1 to #3 Norwich earlier this season.