RUTLAND, Vt. – Senior Katlyn Paiva (Rehoboth, Mass.) scored her second goal of the season midway through the period to lift the No. 9 Connecticut College women's ice hockey team to a 3-2 road win over Castleton on Tuesday evening at Spartan Arena. With the victory, the Camels extended their unbeaten streak against Division III competition to seven games.
Connecticut College (10-3-2) never trailed as the teams exchanged goals throughout the game. Shortly after a power play ended, sophomore Kyla Floresca (West Memphis,Ark.) put the Camels on the board at the 14:43 mark of the first period by finishing passes from sophomore Ellie Branka (Medfield, Mass.) and junior Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.). Castleton, however, had an answer at the other end just a few minutes later when Jocelyn Forrest netted a power play goal at 16:53 to send the teams into the first intermission deadlocked at 1-1.
The Camels quickly regained the lead in the second period. Junior Jordan Cross (Saugus, Mass.) started the scoring play by sending a pass from behind the net to sophomore Lauren Helm (Frisco, Texas), who stopped the puck with her skate and found senior Lily Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.) down low for her team-leading sixth goal of the season. But once again, the Spartans struck back when Ali Stevens capitalized on a breakaway opportunity by firing the puck to the upper left corner of the net at the 15:44 mark of the second period.
With the game still tied at 2-2, Cross stole the puck from the hosts and fed Paiva for the eventual-game winning goal at the 11-minute mark of the final frame. It was also Cross' second assist of the game and would prove to be the difference.
Junior goalie Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) turned away 13 shots to pick up the victory between the pipes for Connecticut College, which outshot its opponent by a 26-15 margin. Alexis Kalm of Castleton (7-7-1) made 23 saves in the losing effort.
Connecticut College, which is currently in second place in the NESCAC standings, travels to Williams for a weekend series and will first face the Ephs on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.