Spartans halt Bears' winning streak at four games
CASTLETON, VT.—Castleton State (7-5) rallied past the SUNY Potsdam women's hockey team for a 3-1 victory on Tuesday night. The loss ends the Bears winning streak at four games. Senior assistant captain Jenn Crawford (Burlington, Ontario/Stony Creek Sabres) scored for Potsdam and freshman goaltender Abby Tardelli (Potsdam, N.Y./North Country Ice Storm) was strong in losing effort with 41 saves.
After killing two early penalties, the Bears got on the board first at 9:47. Crawford buried a shot from the right side of the slot with assists from freshman forward Amanda Peterson (West Chazy, N.Y./Chazy Flyers) and junior captain Izzy Fayerman (Calgary, Alberta/The Edge). The advantage lasted just three minutes as Nicoline Jenson evened the score, tapping home a rebound on a shot from the point. The score remained tied after 20 minutes.
Spartan Anna Daniels made the difference in the second period with two shorthanded goals. At 10:02, after Castleton forechecker Lisa Kilroy took control over a loose puck behind Potsdam's net, she centered it and Daniels knocked it home. With just 49 seconds left in the period, Daniels gave the Spartans some more insurance on the penalty kill, converting on a breakaway for a 3-1 advantage. Despite the goals, Tardelli continued to play well, stopping 15 shots in the stanza, including a penalty shot.
The third period was the most even of the contest, with Castleton edging the Bears 12-9 in shots. Neither team was able to light the lamp again as the Spartans held on to the 3-1 victory.
Paula Stephens finished with 19 saves to earn the win. Castleton outshot Potsdam 44-20 on the night. The Spartans were 0-7 on the power play, while the Bears went 0-6.
Potsdam Head Coach Jay Green had praise for his goalie, but saw a lot for his team to improve on in 2014.
"Abby Tardelli was sensational," said Green. "She played extremely well all night. But we have to find our intensity and start moving forward again."
Potsdam is back in the friendly confines of Maxcy Ice Arena next Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. when they host Hamilton College.