RUTLAND, Vt. – Undone by seven penalties and an overtime UMass Boston goal, the Castleton University women's ice hockey team fell 3-2 in the extra period on Senior Day.
The Spartans are now 8-10-1 overall, while they are 4-3-1 in New England Conference Hockey play. UMass Boston improves to 7-9-4 as well as 6-2-2 in the all-important league action.
Leading the way with the ninth goal of the season, Jane Morrisette scored the game-winning tally just over a minute into the extra period. With a step lead on the pursuing defender, the senior forward took a half-powered shot. Despite originally being saved by Castleton goalie Alexis Kalm, the puck travelled down her pads and in the ensuing scrum of players trickled across the goal line.
Notching the second equalizer about three minutes into the third frame, Courtney Gauthier tallied her first career goal. Corralling the puck off the boards to the right side of the goal, the defender weaved through the Beacon defense, skated across the front of the net and flicked the puck around the pads of UMass Boston's goaltender Alyssa DePippo.
Both goalies were impressive between the pipes as each saw multiple penalty-kill situations. Kalm recorded the overtime loss while making 28 saves, which is good for a .903 save percentage. DePippo remained undefeated, improving to 5-0-2 to the tune of 15 saves on 17 shots.
Kaleigh Beauregard began the scoring at the 9:23 mark of the opening period with an upper-90 snipe. After Katie Barry collected the puck on the boards and dished it to Julia Nolan, the latter found her junior teammate. Beauregard ripped a slap shot that travelled untouched to the absolute top left corner of the twine.
Netting the first equalizer, Ali Stevens recorded her seventh score of the season and her young career. Just inside the blue line on the far side, Casey Traill dished the puck to Aimee Briand, who snapped a shot from the right point. Deflecting off DePippo's pads, Stevens stuffed the puck back.
Scoring the middle goal for UMass Boston, Katie Barry received help from Beauregard and Peacock. The duo seamlessly brought the puck up the ice before finding their teammate on the left.
Winning the faceoff battle, Castleton was once again led by starting center Briand. She earned 15 of the team's 29 wins, while Bre Babiarz, Jocelyn Forrest and Lisa Kilroy were responsible for the rest. Edy Moritz led the Beacons with eight victories.
Prior to the action, Castleton honored its two graduating seniors, Hannah Rose and Kilroy. The latter became the new program record holder after playing in the 110th game of her career. Meanwhile, with six regular-season games remaining, both players are chasing down multiple records.
Women's ice hockey returns to action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday as it hosts No. 2/2 Norwich at Spartan Arena.
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