RUTLAND, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team beat scored the final five goals of the game to down in-state opponent Castleton University, 5-2, on Friday in Spartan Arena. The Purple Knights improve to 1-14 and 1-7 in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC), while the Spartans fall to 4-10-2 and 3-5.
Senior Erin Dwyer (Weymouth, Mass./Archbishop Williams) led the way for the Purple Knights with two goals, and classmate Kayla Kee (Newton, Mass./Newton South) and first-year Jordan Monbouquette (Wayland, Mass./Lawrence Academy) added a goal and an assist apiece, with Monbouquette scoring the first goal of her career. Senior Carolyn Avery (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) also scored, and classmate Sarah Bagley (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) handed out two assists. Senior Tina Frasca (Norwood, Mass./Tabor Academy) made 36 saves in the win, the 30th 30-save performance of her career. For the Spartans, sophomores Felicia Bjalvegard and Aimee Briand scored once each, and first-year Alexis Kalm made 24 saves.
Castleton opened the scoring 8:04 into the first period, as senior Sabrina Hosner found Bjalvegard before she beat Frasca. Frasca finished the period with 16 saves, and the score remained 1-0. Briand recorded an unassisted tally at 2:27 in the second to double the Spartan lead. The Purple Knights responded on a power play at 7:02, as Avery finished after consecutive shots by Akiki and Bagley were saved but not controlled. Saint Michael's tied the game late in the second, as Dwyer poked home the rebound off of a saved Monbouquette shot at 15:36 through a scramble out front. Frasca made 14 stops in the period.
The visitors netted three goals during the third period to break away while Frasca blanked the hosts. During another power play, Kee potted the winner at 9:37, scoring from the blue line after taking a pass by junior Kaitlyn Wurzer (Lee, N.H./Berwick Academy). Castleton pulled its goalie with 1:35 to go, and just nine seconds later a Spartan rung the post while looking to tie. Dwyer iced the victory by beating a Castleton player to the puck down the boards and scoring from the blue line at 18:53. With Kalm back in the net, Monbouquette slid through the crease to stop a loose puck but couldn't stop her momentum, and the rookie poked the puck into a vacated cage with 38 seconds remaining.
The Purple Knights remain on the road to face New England College on Saturday at 1 p.m.