MARSHFIELD, Mass. – Rylie Wills of the Castleton University women's ice hockey team has been named New England Hockey Conference Goalie of the Week for the week ending Dec. 2.
Wills helped lead the Spartans to a 2-0-0 weekend, earning a couple of important conference victories, while posting a .979 save percentage.
Posting her second-career shutout, Wills sent aside 29 shots in a 1-0 win against Johnson & Wales on Friday evening. In the early going, the Wildcats sent a plethora of shots-on-goal, including 15 in the first stanza. The senior goaltender saved each chance to keep the game scoreless. With the game-winning score coming early in the third period, Wills remained steady to preserve the lead and earn the win.
On Saturday, Wills was just as good as Castleton earned a 3-1 road win at New England College. The Sioux Lookout, Ont. native made 17 saves including 12 in the second period alone, which helped shift the momentum toward the Spartans.
In the two games, Wills faced 13 extra-player opportunities, surrendering just one power-play goal. She was also in net as Johnson & Wales and New England College skated with empty nets for a total of 2:05.
Women's ice hockey returns to action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday as it travels to face the Williams College Ephs in nonconference action.
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