Sports

Ladies to be a force

The women’s ice hockey team found the back of the net seven times Friday surging them past Plymouth State on their own ice.
Contributions came from all around for Castleton with three out of the four lines scoring.
The flurry of goals started with Jessica Spidle, for an unassisted score early in the first period and held Plymouth scoreless after the first.
The beginning of the second started with a power play goal from Castleton’s Samantha Pion assisted by Anna Daniels giving them the 2-0 lead.
However, Plymouth would answer with two back-to-back goals by Allison Collins and a short-handed goal by Marisa Zamrock evening up the score, two a piece and putting pressure back on Castleton.
The game tied at two was soon changed as Castleton netted three in a row. Goals came from Michelle Baillagon, Nicoline Jensen, and Brie Norodowy in that order.
Castleton went back into the locker room with a comfortable 5-2 lead, looking as if the game was under control.
Momentum from the second carried on into the third when Castleton put in their sixth goal in the opening minute by Kim Gosselin. Castleton now led 6-2.
The score remained 6-2 for most of the third until Jensen put her second of the night in with just a few ticks left on the clock.
With one final drop of the puck, the buzzer sounded ending the game.
Castleton head coach, Bill Bowes was very pleased with his team.
“[I’m] very happy with our performance…we need to get this kind of thing going every game,” said Bowes.
The balanced attack served well for Castleton.
“I’m happy three out of our four lines scored tonight,” Bowes said.
Castleton finished with a 7-2 victory over Plymouth improving to 3-2 on the season.    
However, the Spartans fell short on the final game of their brief road trip Saturday to Southern Maine 2-1.
Southern Maine took first blood finding the back of the net in the first period, giving them the 1-0 edge into the first intermission.
Castleton’s Nicoline Jensen answered five and a half minutes into the second, assisted by Anna Daniels.
The score remained tied going into the second intermission, but Castleton couldn’t pull together enough offense to go ahead.
Southern Maine put in the go-head goal early in the third period. It served to be the game-winner as Castleton couldn’t muster up any more goals despite outshooting Southern Maine 31-20.
Coach Bowes weighed in on his team’s performance.
“[We] started slow,” said Bowes. “We had a lot of scoring opportunities, but shot it right at the goalie.”
The team let in a “weak goal” on a crucial turnover leading to Southern Maine’s game winner, according to Bowes.
Castleton dropped to 3-3 and will face Norwich University Friday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. at Spartan Arena.