PSU Women’s Ice Hockey drops NEHC game to Castleton

PSU Women’s Ice Hockey drops NEHC game to Castleton

Trupp makes 41 saves for Panthers; Bates scores lone goal

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Aimee Briand (Barrington, N.H.) tallied two goals and one assist Friday evening to lead nationally-ranked Castleton University to a 4-1 victory over Plymouth State University in a women's New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) game at Hanaway Rink.

            The Spartans, ranked sixth by D3hockey.com and 10th by USCHO.com, improve to 11-2-2 overall and 6-0-1 in conference play, while PSU dips to 6-9 overall and 2-5 in the NEHC.

            The Panthers were led by a strong performance in goal by sophomore Mariah Trupp (Topeka, Kansas), who made 41 saves, her season-high and the and second-most in her career. Sophomore Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) scored the lone Panther goal in the first period.

            The teams traded goals in the first seven minutes of the game. Sophomore Hannah Rose (Kenora, Ont.) poked the puck past Trupp near the left post for her seventh of the season just 2:29 into the game to put Castleton on the board, and Bates tied it up four minutes later, collecting a dump-in behind the Spartan net and stuffing it just inside the left post.

            Castleton started to take control in the second period, out-shooting the home team 14-3. The Spartans got their only goal with three minutes remaining in the frame, as Briand snapped a wrist shot over Trupp's shoulder for what turned out to be the game-winner.

            The Spartans pulled away in the third period with two more goals. Briand collected a rebound off the back board and stuffed one in from behind the goal just two minutes into the frame, and senior Taylor Steadman (Hartford, Vt.) rounded out the scoring with a power play goal at 7:39 on a rebound of Briand's shot. Steadman has a team-high 11 goals this season, and Briand doubled her season total to four goals.

            Senior Jess Cameron (Mt. Mellick, P.E.I.) earned the victory in the Spartan net with 14 saves, improving her record to 11-2-2.

            Both teams play NEHC games on Saturday, PSU visiting Saint Anselm College for a 3:00 p.m. face-off and Castleton hosting Norwich University at 7:00 p.m.

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