Fresh off earning the honor of Coach of the Year, Bill Bowes coached the fifth-seeded Spartans to an impressive 3-2 overtime upset over fourth-seeded Salve Regina on Saturday, Feb. 25.
Hannah Martini scored 5:46 into overtime to secure the Spartan win and a spot in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference East semifinals.
Even though the Spartans were outshot 40-18, the goaltending of Paula Stephens was fantastic again as she stopped and outstanding 38 shots on the night.
Castleton fell behind halfway through the first period with a power-play goal by the Seahawks Sarah Markey.
Castleton responded in the second period, tying the score at 1-1 with a goal by Molly Howard.
Two minutes into the third, the Spartans got their first lead of the game, with Meagan Hulbert lighting the lamp for Castleton.
Six minutes later, Stephens let in her second goal of the game, bringing the score to 2-2.
For the remainder of the period the action was back and forth, but neither team could find break through the other team’s goalie.
In the overtime period, Martini broke through for her game-winning goal with just over five minutes left, propelling the Spartans into the next round of the playoffs. Assists on the goal came from Katilin Hayes and BriAnna Naradowy.
With the win, The Spartans improve to 10-13-2 on the season, setting a new program-high for wins in a season. Salve Regina falls to 11-10-5 with the loss.
Castleton will next take on the defending national champion Norwich Cadets in the ECAC semifinals on March 3.