MARSHFIELD, Mass. – Jocelyn Forrest and Rylie Wills of the Castleton University women's ice hockey team have been named New England Hockey Conference Player and Goalie of the Week, respectively, for the week ending Jan. 27.
Forrest and Wills were instrumental in leading the Spartans to a 1-1-1 slate over three games during the week – including a 3-3 overtime tie with defending champion and nationally-ranked Norwich. The draw snapped a 28-game winning streak in NEHC play.
Continuing to improve on her stellar senior campaign, Forrest scored five points for the Spartans during a 1-1-1 week. In the overtime draw with Norwich, after the Spartans fell behind 1-0 early, Forrest tallied her first point by dishing out the primary assist on the equalizing score. After Castleton fell behind, tied it and fell behind once more, Forrest found the twine on a powerplay opportunity to knot it at 3-3 where it would stay for the final 17 minutes of play. On Saturday, in a 3-2 overtime league victory against Plymouth State, the Prince George, B.C. native assisted on the first Spartan score and proceeded to net the next two goals, including the game-winner just over two minutes into overtime.
Putting together potentially the most impressive three-game stretch of her career, Wills started all three games during the week, logging more than 185 minutes of playing time en route to a 1-1-1 slate. The Sioux Lookout, Ontario native sent aside 121 shots, averaging more than 40 per game to the tune of a .945 save percentage. Wills was especially impressive on the penalty kill, surrendering just one score in nine opportunities, including going 6-of-7 against the free-firing offenses of No. 6/4 Norwich and Endicott.
Women's ice hockey returns to action at 4 p.m. on Friday as it heads out on the road for a weekend set against NEHC rivals starting with UMass Boston. On Saturday, the Spartans will return north to face the University of Southern Maine at 1 p.m.
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