Southern Maine Falls to Castleton 1-0

Junior F Rylie Binette (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior F Rylie Binette (file photo by Jason Johns).

Huskies Head to Johnson & Wales on Friday

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior goalie Alexis Kalm (Aberdeen, N.C.) stopped 25 shots to backstop the visiting Castleton University Spartans to a 1-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's play Saturday afternoon at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win was the fourth straight for the Spartans who improved to 4-2-0 overall and 4-0-0 in NEHC play.  The Huskies, concluding a four-game homestand, slipped to 2-4-0 overall and 2-2-0 in conference play.  Both Husky losses in NEHC play have been by a single goal.

            Kalm gave the Spartans solid goaltending over the first two periods, then turned it up a notch when the Huskies pressed the attack in the third period looking for an equalizer.  Kalm turned away 11 shots in the final period to complete her first shutout of the season, and the eighth of her career.

            The lone goal of the game came late in the second period.  Senior Sophie Vingi (Narragansett, R.I.) did the heavy work along the right-win board to get the puck to rookie Samantha Lawler (Billerica, Mass.).  Lawler sent a pass across to junior Courtney Gauthier (Tampa, Fla.) who, while sliding on her knees, returned the puck to Lawler for a shot into a wide open net at 15:38.  The goal was the second of the season for Lawler.

            Southern Maine, helped by its third-period pressure, finished the game with a 25-21 edge in shots on goal.  Neither side could take advantage of the power play as Castleton went 0 for 6 and USM was 0 for 4.

            USM senior goalie Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) finished the game with 20 saves before being pulled in the final seconds for the extra attacker.

            Southern Maine is on the road next weekend traveling to Johnson and Wales University for an NEHC encounter on Friday (7 p.m.).  Castleton returns home after four straight road games to host New England College on Friday (4 p.m.).