HARRISVILLE, R.I. – The Castleton women's hockey team scored a pair of first-period goals on Saturday and never looked back, shutting out Nichols 4-0 in the final game of the New England Hockey Conference regular season at Levy Rink.
The victory pushes Castleton's record to 8-13-4 overall and 7-8-2 in NEHC action, while Nichols falls to 1-23-1 overall and 1-16-0 in conference play.
Ally Brandland, Ashley Pelkey, Chanel Tvergyak and Aimee Briand netted the Spartan goals in the contest, while Brandland also added an assist. Sabrina Hosner and Jade Remillard each had two assists in the victory for Castleton. Alexis Kalm stopped 20 shots in her third win of the season, recording her second shutout.
Cassandra Goyette was the star for Nichols, making 57 saves in the losing effort. Mikayla Castro and Marg Reid combined for nine shots on goal in the contest, though neither could get one past Kalm on the day.
Brandland opened the Spartans' scoring in the first period, scoring at the 5:01 mark on an assist from Samantha Munroe to put Castleton up 1-0. Just more than five minutes later, Pelkey doubled the lead to 2-0 when she notched a power-play goal on assists from Remillard and Bre Babiarz, a score that held until the intermission.
After a scoreless second period in which they took 22 shots, the Spartans came out firing once more in the third stanza. Castleton put 24 shots on goal in the final frame, with two of them lighting the lamp for goals. Tvergyak netted a power-play goal of her own at the 8:31 mark of the period on assists from Remillard and Hosner to make it 3-0. Briand then capped the game with an even-strength score to make it 4-0 with just 2:12 remaining on helpers from Brandland and Hosner.
The Spartans wore down the Bison all day, as Nichols committed seven penalties en route to allowing a pair of power-play goals. Castleton was perfect on the penalty kill, as Nichols was 0-for-3 on the power play.
The Spartans will compete in the NEHC quarterfinals next, with both the date and opponent to be announced at a later time.