PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Two late scores pulled the Spartans back into the contest, but it was not enough as the Castleton University women's ice hockey team dropped a 3-2 decision against Johnson & Wales University on Friday at Lynch Arena.
Castleton falls to 8-13-3 overall - as its four-game winning streak was snapped – and to 8-5-1 in the New England Hockey Conference. Johnson & Wales improves to 9-12-3 and 7-7-1 in league action.
Trailing 2-0 with less than three minutes remaining in the third period, Castleton got on the board, looking to make a late surge. Finding Bre Babiarz for the score, Nicolle Trivino notched her second assist of the season and fifth point. Babiarz picked up her first tally of the year.
Snuffing out the Spartan momentum, Johnson & Wales responded with a goal just 19 seconds later to stretch the Wildcats advantage to 3-1 with minutes to play. Yet, Castleton did not fade away, pulling back to within one before running out of time.
Taking advantage of a powerplay opportunity created by a Johnson & Wales high sticking penalty, Aimee Briand netted her eighth goal of the year. Taking it herself, Briand notched her second extra-man score.
Between the pipes, Rylie Wills was tagged with the loss, falling to 5-7-2 during the season. She made 12 saves while staving off one of the two Wildcat powerplay opportunities.
The Spartans tallied 40 shots-on-goal while winning 28-of-49 faceoff opportunities.
Women's ice hockey returns to action at 5 p.m. on Saturday as it travels to face Salem State in the regular-season finale.
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