|University of New England||Castleton University|
RUTLAND, Vt. — Hannah Rose scored three times as the Castleton University women’s ice hockey team picked up a key 6-4 New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) win over the University of New England Saturday afternoon (Feb. 11) at Spartan Arena.
The Spartans, who had a one-point advantage on the Nor’easters in the NEHC standings heading into the contest, improved to 7-12-4 overall, 6-8-2 in conference play. UNE now stands at 8-13-2 (5-9-1 NEHC).
Aimee Briand added a pair of goals to Castleton’s winning effort, and Jocelyn Forrest scored once. Mary Wirth paced UNE with a pair of markers, while Tatum Gietl and Gabby Crugnale added a goal apiece.
With the score tied 3-3 heading into the final period, the Spartans grabbed the lead for good on Briand’s power-play goal at 6:27 of the frame. Rose would add what proved to be a much-needed insurance goal less than two minutes later before Crugnale converted a pass from Emily Corrales for her eighth power-play tally of the season.
The Nor’easters were unable to net the equalizer, and Rose put the finishing touches on her hat-trick with an empty-net goal in the final minute.
The game went back-and-forth in the opening two periods, with Wirth scoring twice in the opening stanza to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage and 2-1 lead. Briand tallied with three minutes left in the first to knot the score (2-2) heading into first intermission.
Rose scored her first of the afternoon at 3:10 of the second to give the Spartans their first lead, but Gietl tied the game midway through the period.
UNE, which held a 35-25 advantage in shots on goal for the game, received a pair of assists from Corrales and one each from Gietl, Annie Mullen and Kierra Wright. Sydney Helmbrecht recorded 19 saves.
Winning goaltender Riley Wills piled up 31 stops for the Spartans.