(with contributions from Castleton University Sports Information)
Piknick Scores Twice for USM
RUTLAND, Vt. -- Despite getting two goals from sophomore Amanda Piknick (Hyannis, Mass.), the sixth-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies fell to the third-seeded Castleton University Spartans, 5-2, in a women's quarterfinal round game of the 2018 New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Championship Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Arena.
The loss ends the Huskies' 2017-18 season at 8-17-1 overall. The Spartans improved to 13-12-1 overall and advance to next weekend's semifinal round to face second-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston. UMass Boston won its quarterfinal round game Saturday defeating Salve Regina University 5-2.
Piknick scored her first goal midway through the second period with a shot off the shoulder of Castleton sophomore goaltender Alexis Kalm (Aberdeen, N.C.) and the crossbar to pull the Huskies within one at 2-1. The unassisted marker was Piknick's fifth goal of the season. She netted her second goal in the third period with an end-to-end rush concluding with a shot over Kalm's leg pad.
Castleton took an early 1-0 lead when senior Lisa Kilroy (Leominster, Mass.) scored for the 11th time this season off an assist from classmate Hannah Rose (Kenora, Ontario) at 3:20 of the first period. The Spartans piled up a 20-7 edge in shots on goal in the period, but Kilroy's shot would be the only one to elude USM junior goalie Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.).
Rookie Ali Stevens (Jefferson, Mass.) doubled the Spartans' lead at 3:26 of the second period with her 11th goal of the campaign. Piknick cut the deficit in half at 12:11, but the Spartans added two goals in the final five minutes of the frame to take a 4-1 lead.
Sophomore Nicolle Trivino (Georgetown, Ontario) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 15:30, and junior Aimee Briand (Barrington, N.H.) potted a power-play goal at 17:53 to give Castleton a three-goal cushion going into the final period. Briand finished the game with three points on a goal and two assists.
Rose made it 5-1 with another power-play goal at 7:23 of the third before Piknick closed the scoring with her sixth of the season at 12:27.
Castleton finished the game with a 56-26 edge in shots on goal. Kalm made 24 saves to improve her record to 10-8 on the season. Evangelista played the first two periods surrendering four goals and stopping 40 shots. Sophomore Whitney Padgett (Eden Prairie, Minn.) came on to play the third period allowing one goal and making 11 saves.
The Spartans took advantage of the power play converting on 2 of 6 chances. The Huskies were unsuccessful on five power-play chances.