Courtesy Castleton Sports Information
Rutland – The Castleton University women’s ice hockey team played back-and-forth with No. 1 Plattsburgh Sate over the opening 20 minutes, trailing just 3-2 at the first intermission, but the Cardinals pulled away through the final two periods to take the 7-3 victory over the Spartans tonight at Spartan Arena.
Castleton falls to 3-5-0 on the season with the loss, while Plattsburgh State remains unbeaten on the road and improves to 7-1-0 overall.
Plattsburgh State was on the board first with a power-play goal from Jordan Lipson, who slipped one past Rylie Wills at the 9:29 mark of the first period. The Cardinals controlled possession in the Castleton zone for the majority of the power-play, before Hannah Kiraly found an open Lipson at the far post, who netted her fifth goal of the season.
Following a Plattsburgh State penalty, Castleton was able to quickly respond with a goal fromChanel Tvergyak to tie the game at 1-1. Ally Brandland found room in the offensive zone and delivered a pass to Nicolle Trivino, who then set up a perfect feed to Tvergyak and the sophomore pocketed her second goal of the season at the 12:20 mark of the period.
After Plattsburgh State regained the lead at the 13:37 mark of the period, Castleton responded again late in the period when Aimee Briand found a seam through center ice. Briand took control of the puck and outraced the Cardinals defense to the goaltender, lifting a top-shelf wrist shot past Kassi Abott at 18:03 of the period to tie the game again at 2-2.
Briand’s goal proved to be the turning point in the contest, as Plattsburgh State began to run away from there on out, scoring three unanswered goals in the second period and ultimately outscoring the Spartans 4-1 the rest of the way.Jocelyn Forrest scored the final goal for Castleton just four minutes into the third period, but that was all the Spartans could get as Plattsburgh State went on to take the 7-3 win.
Melissa Sheeran scored a pair for Plattsburgh, and Lipson finished with a goal and two assists.
Wills falls to 0-2-0 on the season for the Spartans, despite making 34 saves on 41 shots. On the other side, Camille Leonard relieved Kassi Abott after the first period, and picked up the win for Plattsburgh State with seven saves on eight shots.
Plattsburgh State outshot Castleton, 41-11, and won the face off battle, 40-20. The Cardinals also converted three of eight power-play chances, while Castleton finished 1-for-7 on the power-play.
The Spartans will look to get back on track on Wednesday, Dec. 7, with a non-conference matchup at Williams. Plattsburgh will meet Adrian on Saturday as part of the Cardinal/Panther Classic.