Spartans Succumb To Nationally-Ranked Camels

Spartans Succumb To Nationally-Ranked Camels

RUTLAND, Vt. – The Castleton University women's ice hockey team dropped a 3-2 contest to the visiting No. 9/8 Connecticut College Camels on Tuesday evening. Castleton falls to 7-7-1 overall, while Connecticut College improves to 10-3-2.

Following a late Spartan turnover, the Camels Katlyn Paiva scored the game-winning goal at the 11:00 mark of the final regulation period. Jordan Cross, who came up with the puck after forcing the turnover, assisted Paiva on the play.

Earlier in the contest, while trailing 1-0, Jocelyn Forrest tipped the puck past Connecticut College goalie Bailey Mertz on the left side to tie the game for the first time. Directly off the faceoff, Forrest gained control of the puck and sent it out to defender Courtney Gauthier.

Gauthier fired a shot from the left edge of the far-side circle, which clipped the outstretched stick of Forrest and slipped inside the outside post of the goal. The score was Forrest's third of the year, while the helper was Gauthier's fifth.

Subsequent to a Camel goal early in the second frame, the Spartans once again answered back, this time on a breakaway opportunity.

Notching her sixth assist of the season and second, of the day, Gauthier nabbed the puck and sent it down the ice from between the circles in front of her own goal. An in-stride Ali Stevens collected the puck and delivered it home.

The freshman used the step advantage to go one-on-one with the goaltender. Racing toward the opposing net, she flicked the puck up and over Mertz, while clipping the underside of the crossbar to secure the score.

On faceoff duty, the teams split evenly at 23-23. Aimee Briand led Castleton with 13 wins, while Forrest and Bre Babiarz added six and four, respectively.

Between the pipes, Alexis Kalm saw her two-game shutout streak come to end, despite continuing to perform well. The sophomore goalie made a number of stellar saves, including a pad and glove save on one shot to keep the contest scoreless early on. She finished with 23 saves in slightly less than 59 minutes played.

Women's ice hockey will return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Friday as it heads south for a nonconference weekend of games. First up on the docket is Trinity College, while a showdown with Johnson & Wales University waits at 5:35 p.m. on Saturday.

 

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