With its dramatic 2-1 overtime win over Nichols College on Feb. 4, the Castleton State College women’s hockey team tied the program’s record for wins in a season at seven.
Just after the start of Castleton’s second overtime game in as many days, Jade Werger ended the game in spectacular fashion for the Spartans, scoring on a penalty shot only 17 seconds into the period.
The penalty shot was awarded to Castleton when a Nichols player attempted to cover a puck in the crease and was charged with a delay of game.
Game-winning goals should feel pretty familiar to Werger as this was her sixth game-winning goal, and her 11th goal on the season.
The scoring started in the first period by the Bisons, who scored a shorthanded goal from Talia Hohmann with 10:55 remaining in the period
Castleton responded five minutes later with a score by Molly Howard with the assist coming from Meagan Hulbert.
Katharyn Dembowski started in net for the first two periods and saved 22 shots. The red-hot Paula Stephens replaced her in the third period and recorded a shutout for the final period and overtime.
Just the day before, the Spartans started their weekend by traveling to Rye, N.Y. to take on Manhattanville.
The highlight of this 0-0 nailbiter was great goaltending.
Freshman Paula Stephens stopped everything that went her way, ending the game with 48 saves, six of which came in overtime.
Even with Stephens’ strong performance between the pipes, Castleton’s offense couldn’t produce, taking just 16 shots in the game, compared to Manhattanville’s 48.
The Spartans improved their record to 7-12-1 on the season, and 6-7-1 in conference action.
Castleton looks to build on a successful weekend away and returns home on Feb. 10 to take on Southern Maine in Spartan Arena.