Panthers looking for first win of season
RUTLAND, Vt. – Led by two freshman forwards, the Castleton State College Spartans skated to a 6-0 victory over the Panthers of Plymouth State University Friday night in Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East ice hockey action at Spartan Arena.
The Castleton offense was paced by freshmen Nicoline Jensen and Anna Daniels. Jensen contributed to every goal the Spartans scored finishing with two goals and four assists in the contest. Fellow freshman Anna Daniels finished with a career-high five points on two goals and three assists, while senior Jade Werger scored twice and dished off two assists.
The Spartans scored early in the first period, grabbing a quick 1-0 lead. Anna Daniels wrapped around the back of the net and took a wrist shot from the slot past Panthers goalie Jennifer Wisniewski (North Ridgeville, Ohio). The Spartans scored on the power play to add to their lead; the puck was cycled around the perimeter when Spartan senior defenseman Eileen Coyne passed the puck to Nicoline Jensen, who put it into the top corner of the net to make the score 2-0.
The Spartans added a third goal in the period as Jensen raced down the boards and passed it to Daniels who fired on goal, but the shot was turned away by Wisniewski. The goalie couldn't corral the puck and senior Jade Werger tipped it in to make it 3-0.
In the second period the Spartans continued to pressure, keeping the puck in the Plymouth State zone for much of the period. Jensen intercepted an errant pass and found a wide-open Daniels who wristed it past Wisniewski for her second goal of the game, making it 4-0. Werger picked up her second goal of the game, as she picked up a loose puck from Jensen and wristed it past Wisniewski. Jensen rounded out the scoring with her second goal of the night at 15:57 of the third period.
Spartan net-minder Paula Stephens finished with 22 saves to earn her third win and second shutout while Wisniewski had 23 saves in her collegiate debut.
Both teams are back in action Saturday as PSU visits New England College and the Spartans host the Huskies of Southern Maine at 2 p.m.
(Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information)
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