CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University women's ice hockey team will jump back into action for a couple of nonconference contests over the weekend, starting with a7:30 p.m. game on Friday in the Constitution State. After facing the Bantams of Trinity College, the Spartans will travel east to Providence, R.I. for a showdown with Johnson & Wales University at 5:35 p.m. on Saturday.
Last time out, Castleton fell 3-2 to nationally ranked Connecticut College on a score late in the third period. After going down 1-0, Jocelyn Forrest tipped in a Courtney Gauthier shot to tie it up. Later, with the score 2-1 in favor of the No. 9/8 Camels, Ali Stevens beat the goalie one-on-one with a top-shelf bar-down flick-shot.
Despite taking the loss in the contest, Alexis Kalm continued to play well in the goal. Over the past four games, the sophomore goaltender has maintained a .963 save percentage.
Trinity College is coming off of a 2-1 win over Manhattanville on Tuesday, in which the Bantams' Kelcie Finn scored the game-winning tally on a third-period power play opportunity. Caroline Howell also scored for Trinity in the win. Thus far, Finn and Howell are tied for the team lead with three goals apiece.
Defensively, Kai-Lilly Karpman and Sydney Belinskas have split time between the pipes, despite the latter playing more minutes. Both goalies have played to the tune of a save percentage over .900.
On Saturday, Johnson & Wales dropped a 3-2 game to Stevenson. After Drea Westgaard opened the scoring in the seventh minute, Stevenson grabbed a 2-1 lead and took it midway through the third period. The Wildcats' Julia Martinsson notched the equalizer, but it lasted less than six minutes as Stevenson earned the game-winner at 14:35 of the third.
Castleton returns home on Jan. 26 and 27 as it hosts Salve Regina and UMass Boston for the Pink the Rink and Senior Day games.
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