HENNIKER, N.H. – The Castleton men's hockey team picked up its third consecutive win on Friday night, coming back from a first-period deficit to defeat New England College 2-1 on its home ice in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) contest.
The Spartans improve to 5-4-0 in NEHC play and 6-8-2 overall with the win, their first win away from Spartan Arena this season. Castleton also moves into a tie with Babson for fourth place in the conference for the time being. New England College falls to 6-4-0 in NEHC play and 10-6 overall with the loss.
Bart Moran had a hand in both goals for Castleton on the night, scoring the team's first goal on the power play in the second period before assisting on Trevor Hanna's eventual game winner early in the third period. Ryan Mulder made 18 saves on the night, moving his record in goal to 5-4-1 on the season.
Patrick DeBlois netted the lone NEC goal, cashing in a first-period power-play opportunity on an assist by Andreas Zollner. Brett Kilar made 28 saves in the loss, moving his record to 9-6-0 on the season.
Coming out of the first period trailing 1-0, the Spartans were in search of an equalizer. The offense, after scoring five-plus goals in each of its last two games, came out and put 14 shots on goal in the period—one of which found the back of the net. With less than 10 minutes to play in the middle period, Moran converted with the man advantage on assists by Patrick Thornton and Brock Labelle, knotting the game at 1-1. Both sides would play scoreless hockey into the second intermission, though Castleton controlled the pace of play with an advantage in shots and face-off wins in the period.
In the third frame, Castleton once again controlled the shot totals, putting 11 more shots on goal. Trevor Hanna scored his second goal in as many games, tying his career high of six goals in a single season, to put Castleton on top midway through the period on Moran's assist. The score was his first game-winning goal of the season, as the Spartans killed off more than one minute of empty net time for New England College to end the contest.
Castleton held a 30-19 edge in shots in the contest, as well as a 31-29 edge in face-offs. The Spartans went 1-for-6 on the power play, while the Pilgrims converted one of their two power-play opportunities.
Castleton is back in action on Saturday at 4 p.m. when it travels to Saint Anselm for a NEHC contest.