Hot Spartans head into NEHC playoffs

The past couple of weeks has seen three wins and one loss for the women’s ice hockey team. The three wins all came in overtime against Southern Maine, Suffolk, and Salem St., and the single loss came to Johnson & Wales.

Their game on February 8. against Southern Maine was also the teams 12th Annual Pink the Rink event benefiting the Foley Cancer Center.

The event was overall a success, and one could tell that by the energy in the arena.

“We raised over $7,000 between jersey sales, basket raffles, and admissions!” said head coach, Mike Venezia. “By far one of the biggest turnouts and donations we have made to the Foley Cancer Center,”

The game saw a goal from USM in the first, one from CU in the second, and a goal from each team in the third forcing overtime. Freshmen defender Darby Palisi scored the winning goal in overtime.

The second game of the weekend against Suffolk was almost an exact copy of the game against Southern Maine, except Castleton scored first.

Suffolk tied it up in the second period, and both teams scored in the third. Nicolle Trivino scored the game winning goal in overtime.

Fast forward one week, on Friday, February 14. the Spartan fell to Johnson & Wales 2-1. Although CU scored first, JWU scored once in the second and third leaving the Spartans short one goal when the final horn blew.

Castleton played their final regular season game against Salem St. this past Saturday. A back and forth game saw the scoreboard reading 1-1 at the end of regulation. Nicolle Trivino once again scored the winning goal in overtime.

“It was kind of like the perfect ending to wrap everything up, stressful going into OT so many times in the past few games so it felt good to end on a high note,” said Trivino.

With their game against Salem St. in the books, the team transitions into playoff mode as they prepare to face off against Plymouth State University at home on Saturday.

“We’re all super focused and ready for Plymouth and just super excited to have home ice advantage which is a big morale booster!” Trivino said.

The Spartans will take on the Panthers in the NEHC Quarterfinals on Saturday, February 22. The puck is scheduled to drop at 4 p.m. at Spartan Arena.