PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Befallen by three second-period opposing goals, the Castleton University women's ice hockey team dropped a 3-2 nonconference road contest against Johnson and Wales University on Saturday afternoon.
Castleton moves to 7-9-1 during the 2017-18 season, while the Wildcats improve to 6-9-3 overall.
Leading the Spartans throughout the afternoon was Aimee Briand, who recorded both scores. Nearing the end of the first period, the Wildcats committed a pair of penalties to give the Spartans a 5-on-3 power play opportunity.
During the man advantage, senior captain Hannah Rose corralled the puck initially and dished it out to Courtney Gauthier near mid-ice. Holding it for a second, Gauthier sent the puck across the ice, back door, to Briand. Without hesitating, Briand ripped a one-timer from five-feet out to notch her team-leading eighth score of the season. Gauthier and Rose notched their seventh and 12th assists, respectively.
Trailing 3-1 with 12:53 remaining on the clock, Briand tallied her second of the afternoon to pull Castleton within one. The junior forward intercepted the puck from a Wildcat skater in the Spartans' attacking zone. Briand continued to slap a wrister, which rocketed under the opposing goaltender's glove for the score.
Goalie Rylie Wills was tagged with the loss while playing 58:15 between the pipes. She also made 19 saves on 22 shots.
Women's ice hockey has the week off before returning to action at 7 p.m. on Friday for conference play against Salve Regina.
Friday's game also marks Castleton's Pink the Rink game where the women's ice hockey team will wear limited edition pink jerseys in an effort to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Bid on one now, here: http://www.castletonsports.com/marketplace/auctions/featured
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