The Castleton State College women’s hockey team split its home-opening weekend with a loss to Norwich University and a shutout victory over St. Michaels College.
On their home opener Friday, Nov. 4, the Spartans lost a big one against an always-tough Norwich team.
The Cadets topped the Spartans 4-0, keeping the women’s hockey team winless on the season. Despite the loss, Castleton goalkeeper Katharyn Dembowski had a tremendous game between the pipes, denying 49 of Norwich’s 53 shots.
But the weekend wasn’t over for the women’s hockey team as they would face off against St. Michaels College the following day.
It was another strong performance by Dembowski as she registered her first shutout and win of the season when Castleton blanked St. Michaels 1-0.
Dembowski recorded 30 saves on the night.
The one and only goal of the game came early in the third period, when Jade Werger scored the game-winning goal just two minutes into the period.
The assist came from Castleton forward Hanna Martini.
With almost the entire third period left, the Castleton defense held its own against the oncoming attacks from the Purple Knights’ skaters.
With the win against St. Michaels, first-year head coach Bill Bowes also picks up his first win as the Castleton’s women’s hockey coach.
The rewards didn’t stop there for the Spartans either.
Dembowski was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Goalie of the Week. Her stats from the weekend included a 1-1 record, 79 saves and a .952 save percentage.
The 1-3 Castleton Spartans hit the ice again this weekend with a game on Nov. 18 at Plymouth State and another one on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Southern Maine.