CASTLETON, Vt. -- Returning from a two-week break, the Castleton University women's ice hockey team will host the Williams College Ephs at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Spartan Arena. They will then travel to Middlebury for a 3 p.m. game on Saturday against the No. 7 Panthers before breaking for holiday's hiatus.
In its last game - prior to Thanksgiving - Castleton dropped a 3-2 overtime nonconference contest to Franklin Pierce. At the 13:44 mark of the first period, Chanel Tvergyak put the Spartans in front, converting a power play opportunity. She was assisted by the team's top point scorers, Aimee Briand (10) and Hannah Rose (12).
Answering back, almost immediately, the Ravens' scored on an extra-man opportunity of their own to tie it 1-1. After a scoreless second period, Franklin Pierce claimed a 2-1 lead just over a minute into the final regulation stanza.
Lisa Kilroy led the Spartans back, tying the game once again with a beautiful goal at 8:12 of the third. Leading the defense and the goalie right, the senior forward flicked the puck left and just inside the post from halfway through the right wing circle.
Between the pipes, Rylie Wills made 24 saves in the loss, clocking over 60 minutes of action.
Williams College is coming off of a couple of ties over the weekend against Wesleyan University (Conn.). In the first game, the Ephs and Cardinals split scoring in the first and second periods, prior to skating to an overtime draw.
During the latter game, Wesleyan looked poised to score an upset, going up 2-0 in the second. The Ephs did not fade and notched a pair of goals in the third to tie it. Avery Dunn, Olivia Stokes, Annie Rush and Meghan Halloran were responsible for the four Williams' goals.
The Ephs high-powered offense put 89 shots-on-goal over the two games, while goalie Christina Cleroux anchored the defense in net. She is currently averaging 1.29 goals-against and has a .949 save percentage during the season.
Middlebury last played Connecticut College in a weekend series, splitting with the Camels. The Panthers won the first in shutout fashion before dropping a 4-3 overtime game on Saturday.
Connecticut College leapt out to an early 2-0 lead before Middlebury answered with a couple of power play goals and a third tally to take a temporary lead. In the overtime period with less than two minutes left, the Camels notched the game-winner. Ellie Barney, Madie Leidt and Jessica Young scored for the Panthers.
Last season, Castleton dropped a 6-0 decision to Williams on the road, while it fell 2-0 at home against Middlebury. Alexis Kalm started both games in goal and made a career-high 51 saves in the loss to the Ephs before stopping 33 shots against the Panthers.
Women's ice hockey returns to action after the holidays in the WSYB/Catamount Radio Invitational, which is slated to start at 1 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2018. Castleton plays Salem State in the tournament's first game before SUNY Canton and Manhattanville College face off in the other contest with the winner's and loser's playing on Sunday. Stay tuned for more information regarding the tournament.
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