Spartans Downed by No. 2 UMass-Boston

Spartans Downed by No. 2 UMass-Boston

BOSTON, Mass. – The Castleton men's hockey penalty kill could not withstand the powerful offense of UMass-Boston on Friday evening as the Beacons tallied five power-play goals en route to defeating the Spartans 7-1 in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) matchup.

Castleton falls to 2-2-1 overall with the loss, and 1-2-0 in NEHC action. UMass-Boston remains unbeaten at 3-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the NEHC.

Bart Moran scored the lone goal for the Spartans in the early seconds of the third period, breaking the shutout on assists from Kevin Rosset and Troy Taylor. Ryan Mulder shouldered the loss, allowing five goals while making 15 saves in net. Brody Wagner saw his first action of the year in relief of Mulder, making 14 saves in just more than 25 minutes of action.

Colin Larkin's hat trick helped the Beacons to victory, while Albee Daley had a four-point night with a goal and three assists. Zach Lindsay and Gabe Chuckran each chipped in with a goal and an assist for the UMass-Boston offense, while Tyler Bishop racked up two assists for the second straight contest. Jordan Bustard stopped 17 shots in his third victory, allowing just his second goal of the season in the third period.

After a back-and-forth start to the contest, the Beacons notched a late-period goal with just 3:08 remaining in the first frame to take a 1-0 lead into the break. Larkin finished the score with assists from Daley and Ryan Cusin for his second tally of the season.

Coming out of the first intermission, UMass-Boston was prepared to build on its lead. The Beacons notched five consecutive goals in the final 9:18 of the middle frame to widen the gap to 6-0. Larkin netted his second of the game to push the lead to 2-0 in favor of the home team, before Chuckran made it 3-0 less than three minutes later. Just 16 seconds after Chuckran's goal, Larkin finished his hat trick to make it a four-goal game with just more than six minutes to go in the second stanza. Nolan Redler and Josh Haverstrom rounded out the scoring in the period, sending the Beacons into the second intermission with a sizeable advantage.

The Spartans came out firing in the third period, as Moran potted his third goal of the season just 38 seconds into the frame to make it 6-1 in favor of the home squad. Castleton would get no closer, however, as the Beacons tallied one more score in the middle of the period to make it 7-1, a score that held until the final horn.

The Beacons held a 36-18 edge in shots in the contest, and went an impressive 5-for-11 on the power play. The Spartans were 0-for-6 with a man advantage, and were called for 13 penalties in the contest.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday evening when they travel to Babson for a NEHC contest at 4 p.m.