CASTLETON, Vt. – Coming off a busy 1-1 weekend featuring its Pink the Rink and Senior Day games, the Castleton University women's ice hockey team welcomes the No. 1/2 Norwich University Cadets to Spartan Arena for a New England Hockey Conference contest.
Despite dropping a 3-2-overtime battle with the University of Massachusetts Boston on Saturday, Castleton (8-10-1, 4-3-1 NEHC) picked two league points after earning a 2-1 win against Salve Regina in the weekend opener. With just six conference games left on the slate, each and every game will play carry postseason implications.
Following Ali Stevens and Courtney Gauthier's equalizing goals, UMass Boston's Jane Morrisette tallied the game-winner just over a minute into the extra period. After Alexis Kalm made a save on the original shot, a scrum in front of the net helped the puck travel down the goalie's pads and into the goal.
Kalm made 28 saves in the latter contest while adding 22 in the team's win against Salve Regina. Stopping 50-of-54 shots-on-goal during the two games, the sophomore played to the tune of a .926 save percentage.
Norwich (16-1-2, 9-0-0 NEHC) enters the contest as the newly-re-anointed best team in the nation after previously holding the top ranking for roughly two months. Over the weekend, the Cadets shutout their opponents by a combined score of 12-0 and have allowed just five goals in their past five contests.
After dropping a 9-0 game in Northfield earlier in the season, the Spartans will look to bounce back. Furthermore, Castleton will attempt to snap its three-game losing streak to its Vermont rival.
Women's ice hockey will continue to play at 3:30 p.m. on Friday as they travel east for a NEHC contest at New England College. It will be the first meeting of the season between the two squads.
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