Second-year womens hockey head coach Bill Bowes is hoping that he can improve upon a strong rookie campaign by becoming a serious contender for the ECAC East championship. He has put himself in a great position to succeed with a talented returning roster and a promising incoming class. This incoming class includes two talented forwards from overseas, Anna (Falun, Sweden) and Nicoline Jensen (Hallerup, Denmark).These newcomers combined with veterans such as sophomore goalie Paula Stephens and a pair of talented seniors in Jade Werger and Hanna Martini, who provide Castleton with an outstanding chance to be successful.
“We return an experienced core that made a huge improvement last season,” Bowes said. “Our goaltending is deeper and better than ever. We have three senior defensemen and we helped our scoring ability with the addition of Anna and Nicoline.”
Even though Castleton faces a difficult schedule, their expectations are higher than ever, “We want to make another improvement and be a real challenger for the league championship,” said Bowes, “Although our team has improved, our schedule is stronger with more top teams added, and that’s exactly what we want.”
The Spartans opened their season by living up to expectations and coming away with a 3-0 home victory against Oswego St.
Paula Stephens played an incredible game stopping 28 shots and earning a shutout on the way to a Castleton win.
Newcomer Nicoline Jensen made an immediate impact scoring Castleton’s first goal of the season with 16:37 gone in the first period.
35 seconds into the second period Jade Werger scored her first goal of the season on a tough shot right in front of the crease.
The Sweden native Anna Daniels got in on the action in the second period scoring her first goal and took a pace at mid-ice and took it down and ripped a shot past the Oswego net-minder.
Castleton took to the ice the next day against Cortland and continued to roll. They trailed 1-0 after the first period but scored three unanswered goals in the second to put them up 3-1.
Jade Werger scored the first goal for Castleton off a breakaway shot with 5:30 gone in the second period. This was then followed by two quick goals from defenseman Eileen Coyne to end the period with Castleton up 3-1.
The two-goal lead was cut in half as Stephens let in a goal on a rebound off an shot she initially stopped early in the third period.
The Spartans added insurance with a little more than five minutes left in the game on a 2-1 breakaway. Daniels took the puck into the offensive zone and then passed it to Nicoline Jensen, who netted a hard wrist shot over the goalie’s stick side shoulder to make the final score 4-2.
The Spartans are off to their first 2-0 start in program history and take on a strong Norwich team on November 2ndfor their ECAC East season opener.