RUTLAND, Vt. –(Castleton Athletic Communications) Taylor Steadman scored a pair of goals—including the game-winner in overtime—to lift the eighth ranked Castleton women's hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Connecticut College on Sunday afternoon at Spartan Arena.
Steadman gave the Spartans an early 1-0 lead in the first period before netting the game-winner in overtime on a breakaway chance. Jess Cameron posted another phenomenal game in goal for the Spartans, tallying 42 saves in her 10th victory of the season.
The win moves Castleton to 10-1-1 on the season, while Connecticut College falls to 1-5-1 overall.
The Spartans got on the board early in the first period, as Steadman scored her second goal in as many games to hand her squad a lead at 3:50 of the first. Brianna Keats connected on a pass to Aimee Briand, who found Steadman entering the offensive zone. Steadman made a move around a defender and beat the goalie down low for her team-leading eighth goal of the season.
Connecticut got the equalizer early in the second frame, when Julie Beattie (pictured) picked off a pass and ripped a shot over the glove of Cameron just 48 seconds into the middle period. The Spartans had a golden opportunity to take back the lead, when they forced a turnover at their own blue line that sprung Steadman on a breakaway. The senior forward skated in and deked the goalie, but her shot rang off the post and was cleared out of harm's way to keep the game knotted at 1-1 going into the final stanza.
Following a scoreless third period, the Spartans would head to overtime for the second consecutive day. Connecticut controlled play early in the overtime period, putting six shots on goal before Steadman forced a turnover in her offensive zone and skated in with a defender on her back. The senior made a move to her forehand and buried the game-winning goal to give her team its second win of the weekend.
Cameron stopped 42 out of 43 shots that she faced in the win, good for a .977 save percentage in the contest. Connecticut's Katherine Chester was saddled with the loss, stopping 28 out 30 shots in the game.
Neither squad could get the power play going in the contest, as the Spartans went 0-4 and the Camels were 0-3.
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