RUTLAND, Vt. – Morgan Richard's slap shot through traffic deflected off the goalie and into the back of the net with 14.6 seconds left to secure Castleton a 3-2 victory over the Southern Maine Huskies on Senior Day this afternoon at Spartan Arena in New England Hockey Conference action.
Castleton dominated play throughout the game, outshooting the opposition 47-23 and killed off all three of its penalties. Along with Richard, Brianna Keats and Ally Brandland provided the other scoring, as the Spartans snapped their two-game losing streak and improved to 15-6-2 on the season and 10-4-1 in the conference.
Cassandra Sherman led the Southern Maine attack with two points from one goal and one assist, while Emilee Burris added the other goal. The Huskies now stand at 3-17-2 (2-13-2 NEHC) after dropping their second straight contest and third in their last four games.
The Spartans struck first when Brandland netted her second goal of the season just 7:16 into regulation. Brandland played a give-and-go with Jocelyn Forrest before placing a shot inside the far post to put the hosts in front, 1-0. Keats doubled the lead with 2:51 left in the first. On a power play opportunity, the sophomore winger skated into the crease and slipped a shot though traffic and underneath the goalie's pads to make it 2-0.
That lead didn't last for long, however, as the Huskies rallied back with two goals in the final 2:04 of the first to bring the game back to level terms. Sherman scored the Huskies' opener at the 17:56 mark with a wrister from the far boards before Burris knocked the puck home from a scrum in the crease just 49 seconds later to even the score at two.
After failing to produce many scoring opportunities in the middle frame, Castleton came out firing in the third, outshooting the Huskies 29-5 in the stanza. The Southern Maine defense stood strong throughout the final period, and the game looked to be headed for overtime until Richard scored with 14.6 seconds left to seal the victory. Anna Daniels dished the puck off the faceoff back to Richard at the left point, and the freshman defenseman rifled a slap shot through traffic that deflected off the goalie and into the top of the net lift the Spartans to a 3-2 win.
In net, Jess Cameron picked up her 14th win of the year after producing 21 saves with two goals allowed. Her counterpart, Courtney Davis, turned in an impressive outing with 44 saves, including 28 in the third period alone, despite picking up her fifth loss of the year.
The Spartans close out their regular season on the road next weekend with contests at No. 7 Norwich and New England College next Friday and Saturday.