Women's Hockey Overwhelmed By Defending Champion Norwich

Women's Hockey Overwhelmed By Defending Champion Norwich
NORTHFIELD, Vt. --  Six goals in the third period led the nationally-ranked defending champion Norwich University Cadets past the visiting Castleton University women's ice hockey team - 8-0 - on Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena.
Castleton falls to 2-3-1 overall and suffers its first loss in conference play, dropping to 2-1-1. No. 3/4 Norwich improves to 5-2-0 and 5-0-0.
Remaining close throughout the first two periods, Norwich found another gear in the third to pull away and secure the victory. The Spartan defense was crucial toward keeping the Cadets' in check during the early going. Redirecting the majority of the Cadets' 37 shot attempts through the first two stanzas, only 13 made it on net.
Junior netminder Alexis Kalm rejected 11 of those shots over the first 40 minutes of play. She would go on to make 17 saves through just under 55 minutes of play.
Offensively, Castleton fought through the difficult Norwich defense, tallying 15 shots-on-goal. The Spartans were led by senior forward Jocelyn Forrest (4), while senior captain Jade Remillard (3), Ryanne Mix (2) and Courtney Gauthier (2) combined for seven more shots.
The Spartan penalty-kill unit was 2-for-4 on the evening, while the Cadets shutdown each of Castleton's opportunities.
Women's ice hockey returns to action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday as it travels to face Connecticut College - receiving votes in the last d3hockey.com poll - in nonconference action.
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