PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The Castleton men's hockey team dropped a non-conference contest on Saturday afternoon, falling 3-0 to Wesleyan (Conn.) in the consolation round of the W.B. Mason Winter Classic hosted by Plattsburgh St. at the Roland B. Stafford Ice Arena.
The loss drops the Spartans to 3-8-2 on the season, while Wesleyan improves to 6-3-0 on the year.
Brody Wagner stopped 18 shots in just his second start of the season, shouldering the loss on a day in which the offense could not find its footing. Glenn Florczak took a team-high five shots, while three other players registered four shots apiece, though none could find the back of the net as Wesleyan's George Blinick stood tall.
Blinick stopped all 33 shots he faced in the victory for the Cardinals, while Dylan Holze netted all three Wesleyan goals for a hat trick. Tyler Wyatt racked up three assists on the day, while Mike Yablong chipped in with one assist.
The Cardinals spread the scoring evenly throughout the game, registering a goal in each of the three periods. Holze opened the scoring early in the contest, beating Wagner just 1:34 after the opening puck drop to put Wesleyan up, 1-0. At the 12:00 mark of the second period, Holze again found the net on a Wyatt assist, doubling his team's lead to 2-0. At 12:32 of the third period, Holze capped off his hat trick with a power-play goal, making it a 3-0 game on assists from Wyatt and Yablong.
The Spartans controlled much of the play in the contest, though the offense could not break through strong goaltending from Wesleyan. Castleton held a 33-21 edge in shots, as well as a 33-30 edge in face-off wins. Castleton struggled for the second consecutive day on the power play, going 0-for-5; Wesleyan was 1-for-3 on power-play opportunities.
Castleton is back in action on Friday, January 6, when it hosts Daniel Webster at Spartan Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.