HENNIKER, N.H. – Notching 38 shots-on-goal and pushing the pace from the start, the Castleton University women's ice hockey team collected a 2-0 victory at New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) foe New England College on Friday afternoon.
The Spartans improve to 9-11-1 overall while picking up two points in league play and moving to 5-4-1. Meanwhile, the Pilgrims fall to 2-17-2 and 1-8-1.
Ripping 20 shots in the opening frame and putting 12 on-goal, Castleton took control of the contest and did not let up throughout. Adding six more attempts in the opening minutes of the second, the Spartans finally broke through about four minutes in.
Jocelyn Forrest began the power play scoring possession with a faceoff win before cycling the puck through the offense. Eventually recapturing the puck, Forrest dished it out to Chanel Tvergyak on the backline who scorched a slap shot past the goalie. It was her second goal of the season, while the assist was Forrest's fifth.
Continuing to apply pressure generously, Castleton struck again midway through the third period. At the 13:45 mark, Saleena Bailey scored her first collegiate goal off a pass from Bre Babiarz. Bailey's goal provided insurance, allowing her team to comfortably hunker down and clinch the victory.
Between the pipes, Alexis Kalm earned her third shutout of the season and fifth of her career. She made saves on all 19 Pilgrim shots-on-goal to raise her season save percentage to .911.
Offensively, Aimee Briand led the Spartans with eight shots attempted. Tying for second with five each were Lisa Kilroy and Tvergyak. Briand earned 18 faceoff wins to lead the squad, while Forrest tallied up 10.
Killing all five penalties faced, Castleton was able to turn good defense into offense as it converted on an extra-man opportunity in the second period.
Castleton returns to action at 2 p.m. on Saturday for another NEHC contest as it heads to Plymouth State.
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