MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Despite Alexis Kalm's 38 saves between the pipes, the Castleton University women's ice hockey team was not able to upend No. 7/6 Middlebury College, falling 6-0 on Saturday afternoon at Kenyon Arena.
Castleton is now 4-6-1 overall, while Middlebury is 4-3-0.
Following a scoreless opening 10 minutes, the Panthers notched a couple of quick goals. The first from the left point was a top-shelf snipe by Haley Lafontaine. Catching the top of Kalm's webbing, the puck just made it under the crossbar.
Thirty or so seconds later, Kalm was caught in a redirection as Jessica Young slapped a wrist shot from the left point that crossed and snuck inside the right post.
The Middlebury attack was constant as the Panthers continued to tally shot after shot, many of which were stopped by multiple impressive efforts by Kalm. In the second, the Panthers' Sidney Portner and Maddie Winslow added scores, while the latter scored again in the third. Young also added another goal.
Defensively, the Panthers took advantage of a shallow puck on a couple of instances. Yet, Castleton did a great job on the power play, keeping Middlebury scoreless in all three of its extra-man advantages.
Castleton was afforded few opportunities to score, despite being able to get the puck into the Middlebury offensive zone several times. Aimee Briand had the team's best chance, getting a breakaway opportunity and going 1-on-1 with the goalie, but chipping the shot high.
Women's ice hockey will now be off for a few weeks for the holidays before returning to action on Jan. 6 during the WSYB/Catamount Radio Invitational at Spartan Arena. They will play Salem State in their first game, while Manhattanville and SUNY Canton will meet in the other contest.
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