RUTLAND, Vt. – The Castleton men's hockey team picked up a win in its first contest of 2017 on Friday night, rolling to a 6-1 victory over Daniel Webster in a non-conference matchup at Spartan Arena.
Castleton improves to 4-8-2 with the victory, while Daniel Webster drops to 1-12-0 with the loss.
Four different players registered two points apiece in the win, as Brock Labelle and Otis Goldman had a goal and an assist each, while Mark Shroyer and Patrick Thornton registered two assists apiece. Ryan Mulder stopped eight of the nine shots he faced in the victory, allowing just a first-period goal.
Anthony Langevin scored the lone Daniel Webster goal, while Brandon Beard picked up an assist. Morgan Hudson made 43 saves in the loss for the Eagles.
It was a lopsided affair across the board, as Castleton outshot Daniel Webster 49-9 while winning 36 of 54 face-offs. Neither side could score on the power play in the contest despite numerous opportunities.
The Spartans got off to a hot start, scoring back-to-back times to open the first period. Labelle fielded a pass from Kevin Rosset at the far circle before driving a low slapshot into the back of the net for an early 1-0 lead. A holding penalty just minutes after the goal left Castleton short-handed, but it wasn't an issue as the Spartans broke out of their own zone and got in 2-on-1 on the Eagles, before Caleb Fizer finished a pass from Kurt Johnson to double the lead to 2-0. At the 13:08 mark of the opening frame, Daniel Webster cut into the lead as Anthony Langevin scored on a pass from Brandon Beard to make it 2-1 going into the first intermission.
The second period was all Castleton, as the Spartans rattled off four goals in the middle stanza. Ryan O'Toole opened the scoring in the period after nice puck movement from the Spartans gave him a wide-open net at the near post, making it a 3-1 lead for the home side. Corbin Marcotte got in on the action with less than five minutes to play in the frame, scoring his first goal of the season to make it 4-1 in favor of the Spartans. Less than three minutes later, Simon Teodorsson collected a rebound below the goal line before skating in front of the net and slotting a back-handed shot through the goalie's legs for a 5-1 edge. Castleton picked up one more late goal in the period, as Goldman finished at the near post on a 2-on-1 break with Labelle.
Neither offense could break through in the final frame, as the two sides skated scoreless despite multiple power-play chances for each side.
Castleton returns to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. when it hosts Southern Maine in a New England Hockey Conference contest at Spartan Arena.