CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton women's hockey will conclude its regular season on the road this weekend with a pair of New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) contests at Franklin Pierce and Nichols on Friday and Saturday.
The Spartans will travel to Franklin Pierce for an 8 p.m. faceoff at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena on Friday, before visiting Nichols in the regular season finale at Levy Rink on Saturday at 1:40 p.m.
Castleton (7-12-4, 6-7-2 NEHC) will take a three-game winning streak into the final series after sweeping last weekend's home contests with wins over USM and UNE.
Hannah Rose and Aimee Briand have combined for 16 points over their last three games and the line partners lead their team with 15 points apiece on the season. Rose has potted nine goals and added six assists, while Briand has netted seven tallies and handed out eight helpers. Jocelyn Forrest joins Rose with a team-high nine goals and has dished out five assists for 14 points, while Chanel Tvergyak leads the blue line unit with 10 points on five goals and five assists.
Alexis Kalm and Rylie Wills shared nods in net last weekend. Kalm improved to 2-7-3 with 26 saves for her first career shutout last Friday, before Wills profited her third win of the season with 31 saves on Saturday. Kalm leads the way with a .912 save percentage and a 2.76 goals against average in 12 starts.
The Spartan special teams unit has has honed in on the power play over the three-game stretch, converting five of its last 11 opportunities for a 45 percent conversion rate with the advantage.
Franklin Pierce (16-5-1, 11-4-0 NEHC) enters the weekend on a four-game winning streak and has not allowed a goal since Feb. 3. The Ravens picked up back-to-back shutouts last weekend over Post and New England College to sit comfortably in fifth in the NEHC standings.
Alex Brolsma leads the team and ranks second in the NEHC with 34 points. Averaging 1.70 points per game, Brolsma has netted 14 goals and dished out 20 assists. Michelle Holmes ranks second on the team with 27 points, just ahead of Marisa Keterman with 25. Keterman leads the squad with eight goals in 15 conference contests.
Shannon O'Neil has started all but four games between the pipes, playing her way to a 10-4-0 record with a .943 save percentage and 1.43 goals against average. Madison Murray has made 67 saves on 72 shots in her four starts.
Friday night's faceoff will be just the fourth meeting between the two teams. Castleton holds a slim all-time margin, 2-1, with the lone loss coming on the road in 2014.
Nichols (1-21-1, 1-14-0 NEHC) is coming off road losses last weekend at Manhattanville and Salve Regina. The Bison rank near the bottom of the country in several offensive categories.
Averaging just .83 goals per game as a team, Samantha DiReda leads the way with six points on one goal and five assists. Laura Christie has picked up a team-high three goals and added two assists for five points.
Cassandra Goyette leads the Bison in net with 14 starts to date, posting a .893 save percentage and 5.32 goals against average on her way to a 1-12-1 record.
Castleton has posted back-to-back shutout victories over Nichols and holds the all-time advantage over the Bison, 8-3-2, dating back to 2007.