RUTLAND, Vt. – Suffolk women's hockey capped off its first semester with a 4-2 victory over Castleton in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action at Spartans Arena Saturday afternoon.
SCORE: Suffolk 4 | Castleton 2
RECORDS: Suffolk (8-4-1, 5-2-1 NEHC) | Castleton (4-6-2, 4-3-1 NEHC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Suffolk used a pair of late first frame strikes to gain a 2-0 edge after the first 20 minutes. The scoring started at the 16:06 minute mark as Stephanie Moy put away an unassisted tally and three minutes later Tess Adams put away a shorthanded strike for the two-goal margin at the first intermission.
The teams matched goals in the remaining two periods for the final 4-2 decision.
Castleton made things interesting with less than five minutes remaining in the second stanza when Aimee Briand found the back of the netting with no help. Shana Coteregained the two-goal cushion for the blue-and-gold with 28 seconds left on the clock. The freshman was set-up by Madison Duff and Adams on the powerplay to make it a 3-1 Suffolk score at the second break.
The Spartans trimmed the margin back to one just 4:58 into the final frame when Casey Traill scored on the man-up opportunity. The Rams kept them there and an insurance marker by Jesse Kennedy at the 16:12 mark secured the league victory for Suffolk.
- Kristen Caporusso turned aside 25 attempts in net for the Rams.
- Alexis Kalm started the action and picked up 19 saves for the Spartans.
- Adams and Duff each recorded two points nights. Adams had one goal and assist, respectively, while Duff dished out two helpers.
- Cote, Kennedy and Moy each scored once for Suffolk.
- Castleton outshot Suffolk, 27-23, and won the fight in the face-off circle, 23-22.
- Suffolk and Castleton met for the first time.
- Adams recorded her sixth multi-point outing.
- Adams scored her second shorthanded goal in a Suffolk sweater.
- Duff handed out two assists, a career high, for the third time in her career.
Suffolk is now on break for nearly a month and will return to action following the New Year when it hosts Franklin Pierce Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Louis E. POrrazzo Memorial Rink. Game time for the non-conference clash is set for 6 p.m.