BEVERLY, Mass. – Goalie Rylie Wills made 53 saves but it was not enough as the Castleton women's ice hockey team fell 2-1 on a last-minute score to the Endicott College Gulls at Raymond J. Bourque Arena on Tuesday evening.
Standing on her head, Wills was impressive throughout all three periods to the tune of a .964 save percentage. The senior netminder made 15 or more saves in each frame, stopping 18 in the first, 20 in the second and 15 in the third. Wills posted her high-save mark since sending 54 shots aside during her sophomore campaign in a 1-1 overtime tie at Connecticut College on Jan. 10, 2017.
Offensively, senior captains Jade Remillard and Aimee Briand combined to score the Spartans' lone goal. Trailing 1-0 midway through the third period, Remillard found Briand in front with the latter stroking the puck past the Gulls goalie. It was Briand's fourth score of the season, while Remillard now has six assists.
With the time running down in the first period, Endicott jumped out in front. Jade Meier found Ellen Carter who proceeded to put a shot-on-goal that clipped the inside of the pipe and squeaked by Will's outstretched pads for the early score.
The roles would flip in the third as it was Meier that would net the game-winning goal for Endicott with less than two minutes remaining.
Elsewhere, Castleton earned 30-of-51 possible faceoffs with Bre Babiarz and Briand each going 13-for-20.
Women's ice hockey returns to action at 7 p.m. on Friday for its 11th Annual Pink the Rink game where it seeks to build on $60,000 of funds raised over the past 10 seasons for cancer research. The Spartans will host defending National Champion No. 6/4 Norwich at Spartan Arena.
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