Spartans Streak Snapped at Norwich
Northfield, Vt. - After winning three straight entering Saturday's game, the Spartans' win streak was snapped by the fourth-ranked Cadets as they fell to Norwich 4-0 at Kreitzburg Arena.
The Spartans allowed a pair of power-play goals, going just 2-for-4 on the penalty kill. Castleton had not conceded a power play goal in their previous six games. Norwich killed off all of the Spartans' power-play attempts, going a perfect 5-for-5 on their penalty kill.
Paula Stephens finished with 29 saves for the Spartans, but took the loss in net. Celeste Robert made 11 saves for the Cadets, earning her second shutout of the season.
The Spartans entered the game with an aggressive mindset and forced the Cadets into a few early mistakes. Castleton couldn't convert on a pair of early power-play opportunities though, and were sent to the box themselves with just over five minutes remaining in the first. Norwich cashed in on their first man-advantage opportunity of the game with Adelle Murphy finding the net to put the home team up 1-0.
In the second, Norwich added a pair of goals to extend their advantage. Just under six minutes into the frame Madyson Moore beat Stephens to put the Cadets up 2-0. Later in the period, the conference's leading scorer Tori Charron netted her 23rd goal of the season on a power play, putting the home team ahead 3-0.
In the final five minutes of regulation, Elle Kadel added to the Norwich lead with an insurance goal, putting the Cadets up 4-0. The Spartans were only able to muster three shots in the final frame, and were outshot 33-11 over the course of the contest.
With the loss, Castleton ends its regular season with a 14-9-2 record and a 9-5-2 mark in the ECAC East. Both their overall record and their conference record stand as the best in program history. The team will await the result of the Salve Regina-Nichols game on Saturday night at 7:00pm to see if they will be seeded second or third in the ECAC East playoffs. No matter the result, Castleton will host an ECAC Quarterfinal for the second consecutive year. The time of that game is to be determined.