WINCHENDON, Mass. – The Spartans dropped their first game of the season on Friday at Franklin Pierce, 5-3.
Castleton moved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the ECAC East with the loss, while the Ravens improved to 2-1 overall and 2-1 in the ECAC East after recording the two-goal victory. Taylor Steadman tallied three points from two goals and one assist, and Hannah Wright scored the other Spartan goal in the losing effort.
After Marissa Ketterman's goal at the 6:29 mark in the opening frame gave Franklin Pierce a 1-0 lead, Castleton battled back, and just over midway through the second period tied the game when Steadman found the back of the net. The junior forward received the puck on the powerplay near the far post and buried it home at the 12:48 mark to equalize the game at 1-1.
However, the Ravens attack deemed too much as Ketterman and Alex Brolsma netted one goal apiece in the remaining minutes of the second to give Franklin Pierce a 3-1 advantage heading into the final frame.
The hosts continued to pressure the Castleton defense, and 12:05 into the third, the Ravens extended their lead when Ketterman completed her hatrick by knocking in the rebound from Brolsma's shot to make it 4-1.
Less than two minutes later, Franklin Pierce added another goal to the scoreboard. Haylea Barbieri finished a shot into the top shelf to give the hosts a 5-1 lead at the 14:23 mark in the third.
With less than four minutes remaining in regulation, Castleton cut the deficit back to three after Steadman tallied her second goal of the match and fifth of the season. Sam Pion fired a shot from that point that was saved, and Steadman was there to tap in the rebound at the 16:09 marker as the Spartans made it 5-2.
Wright tacked on a power play goal for Castleton 18:10 into the third when her shot from the point found the back of the net, but it proved to be too late as the Ravens beat the Spartans 5-3.
Overall, Castleton converted on three of its six power play opportunities, killed off both of its penalties. However, and outshot the Ravens 33-19 in the losing effort.
In goal, Paula Stephens suffered her first loss of the season after making 19 saves, while Noelle White improved to 2-0 with 30 saves in 60 minutes between the pipes.
Castleton's squad resumes play on Saturday when it travels to Nichols for an ECAC East clash beginning at 4:40 pm.