CASTLETON, Vt. – Fresh off its first WSYB/Catamount Radio Invitational championship, the Castleton (6-6-1) University women's ice hockey team heads out on the road to face Morrisville State.
Entering action on Wednesday, the Spartans will be riding a two-game winning streak led by a couple of dominating performances from the reigning New England Hockey Conference Goalie of the Week, Alexis Kalm.
The Aberdeen, N.C. native made 46 saves on 47 attempted shots for a .979 save percentage on the weekend and a 0.50 goals-against-average (GAA). During the 2017-18 season, Kalm has an .893 save percentage and a 3.12 GAA.
Assisting Kalm, the Spartan defense was nearly impenetrable, especially against Manhattanville. Castleton allowed just two shots-on-goal while playing shorthanded for nearly three minutes straight in the opening period. Furthermore, during 1:27 of play in the third when the Valiants played with an extra attacker, the Spartans did not allow the puck to reach Kalm, once.
Offensively, Aimee Briand, Jocelyn Forrest and Ali Stevens, who each scored a goal during the two contests, led Castleton. Briand scored the game-winner and lone tally in the championship game, while Stevens provided an assist to collect two points over the weekend. Hannah Rose continued to pace the squad in points by adding a helper and her 13th point of the year.
Morrisville (8-4-2) will enter play after facing No. 7/8 Middlebury College on Tuesday evening in its first game of 2018. Prior to the holiday break, the Mustangs downed Utica College 2-1 with Kylie Cameron scoring the game-winner about halfway through the third.
Freshman Alexziz Giannamore has provided the most consistent spark throughout the season for Morrisville State. She notched five goals and six points during the Mustangs 5-0 start, which saw the squad receiving votes in the d3hockey.com weekly poll.
Between the pipes, Karoline Arvik has been the primary goalie, collecting each decision. Sitting at 8-4-2 on the year, the freshman sports a 1.46 GAA and a .928 save percentage with 256 saves.
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