2017-01-28 / Sports

UNE women defend the house against Castleton, 3-2

Helmbrecht, Nor'easters fend off Castleton to take 3-2 victory
From Staff Reports

BIDDEFORD -- Goaltender Sydney Helmbrecht (Grand Rapids, Minn.) came up with 35 saves, and the University of New England received goals from three different players for a 3-2 win over Castleton University in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's action Friday night (Jan. 27) at the Harold Alfond Forum.


Tied with Castleton in the league standings heading into the evening, UNE improved its overall mark to 7-9-2, while jumping ahead of the Spartans with 4-5-1 NEHC record. Castleton now stands at 4-11-3 overall, 3-6-1 in conference games.

The Nor'easters raced out to an early 2-0 lead, tallying twice in the opening 7:19. Marykate Drinkwater (FY/Franklin, Mass.) knocked in a rebound in traffic after a shot by Cassandra Connolly (SR/Woburn, Mass.) had been denied. Tatum Gietl (FY/Littleton, Colo.) had a secondary assist on the goal, which came just 46 seconds into the contest. UNE would double its advantage nearly seven minutes later when Haley Gorman (JR/Melrose, Mass.) received a pass from Julianne Sheehan (SO/Chelmsford, Mass.) and converted from the low slot.

Castleton drew within a goal (2-1) at 5:24 of the middle period on a brilliant outstanding effort by Samantha Munroe (FY/Framingham, Mass.). Munroe blocked a UNE shot in the Spartans' defensive zone before collecting the loose puck and skating up ice and beating Helmbrecht for her first collegiate marker.

Gietl would score the eventual game-winner at 14:06 of the period with the Nor'easters on a power play. She received a pass from Annie Mullen (JR/Concord, N.H.) from behind the cage and swept in a beautiful backhand shot. Abby Kinens (SR/Houlton, Maine) also assisted on the play.

The Spartans once again sliced their deficit to one (3-2) when Jade Remillard (SO/Fairfield, Vt.) poked home the puck from a large crowd in front of the UNE goal. Chanel Tvergyak (Abbotsford, British Columbia) and Jocelyn Forrest (SO/Prince George, British Columbia) were credited with assists.

Still trailing by a goal in the closing stages of the game, Castleton was unable to pull goaltender Alexis Kalm (FY/Aberdeen, N.C.), with the Nor'easters keeping the puck in their offensive zone for the majority of the final two minutes.

Helmbrecht made 13 of her 37 stops in the first period after UNE had built its 2-0 advantage. Kalm finished with 25 saves for Castleton.

Both teams play NEHC games today. The Nor'easters host No. 5 Norwich University at 4 p.m., and Castleton plays at the University of Southern Maine at 1 p.m.

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