Lady Spartans wrap up weekend with 5-0 win and 5-0 loss

The Castleton women’s ice hockey team was able to beat NEC 5-0 on Friday night, but fell to Middlebury 5-0 on Saturday to split their pair of weekend games.
“Against Middlebury, we weren’t able to generate any offense and made a couple mistakes that cost us,” Head Coach Bill Bowes said. “On Friday though, it was one of the best games we have played since I came to Castleton. We played great team hockey.”
On Friday night, the Spartans got the scoring going early and often, scoring three times in the first period. Samantha Pion scored the first goal for the Spartans six minutes into the game to take an early lead. Eight minutes later, Allie Howard was able to net a goal to bring the lead to 2-0. Nicoline Jensen capped the scoring off in the first period with a power play goal to take a 3-0 lead going into the first intermission.
“Everybody was working hard on offense and defense,” goalie Paula Stephens said. “It was a true team win and Jess (Cameron) got her first shutout.”
In the second period, Castleton was able to cushion their lead a little bit more with a goal from Anna Daniels with five minutes remaining in the period. In the third period, Rachel Bombardier was able to score one more for her team with nine minutes remaining to bring the lead to 5-0. That’s how it would end.
“Last year, we had a little bit of trouble when we played NEC,” Bowes said. “This time around though, we dominated them for the entire 60 minutes of play.”
On Saturday, Castleton traveled to Middlebury to face the Panthers and played well for the first two periods before allowing four goals in the third period to lose 5-0.
“We started out slow against Middlebury, but played well overall in the first two periods,” Howard said. “We crumbled a bit in the third, giving up three big penalties and they took advantage of that.”
With the weekend split, the Spartans now hold a 6-5 record. They don’t have another game until Jan. 7 when they take on Potsdam State at Spartan arena.
“We are in great shape going into our season break,” Bowes said. “We have had close games with top opponents and we have some of the better goalies in the league. Our team is focused and ready to start playing again.”

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