Men's Hockey Falls to No. 6/10 Hobart On Road

Men's Hockey Falls to No. 6/10 Hobart On Road

GENEVA, N.Y. – Nationally-ranked Hobart used a second-period surge to spark five unanswered goals en route to a 6-1 victory over the Castleton men's hockey team Friday night in New England Hockey Conference action at The Cooler.

Castleton falls to 1-3-0 overall and 0-3-0 in NEHC play, while No. 6/10 Hobart improves to 4-1-0 on the season and 3-0-0 in conference play with the win.

Hobart scored the only goal of the first period with just over three minutes remaining as Jordan Haskell staked the Statesmen to a 1-0 lead at the 16:52 mark. Travis Schneider sent a shot that was initially saved, but Tanner Shaw passed the rebound over to Haskell at the doorstep for the go-ahead goal.

Castleton responded early in the second period to draw the game even. Corey Sikich collected a loose puck in front and found the back of the net 3:02 into the period. Simon Teodorsson and Matt Bloomer were credited with assists on the goal. The level game was brief, however, as Hobart netted a pair of goals to take a 3-1 lead into the final stanza. Ben Greiner scored the eventual game-winner 9:54 into the second and Jonas Toupal cleaned up a loose puck in front to extend Hobart's lead to 3-1 just over four minutes later.

The Spartans killed off two early penalties to open the third period, but Hobart checked off three straight goals less than three minutes apart to ice the game for the Statesmen. After Jimmy Burns rang a shot off the crossbar, Andrew Longo skated down the other way and scored off his own blocked shot to stretch Hobart's lead to 4-1 at the 16:11 mark of the final frame. Zach Sternbach scored 42 seconds later, before Longo netted his second goal of the period at 18:59 to give the Statesmen the 6-1 victory.

After tallying a career-high 50 saves one week ago, Wyatt Pickrell made 43 saves Friday night despite falling to 0-2 on the season for the Spartans. Frank Oplinger stopped 11 shots in the win for Hobart. Both teams went 0-for-4 on the powerplay. Faceoffs were even at 30 apiece. 

The Spartans return to the ice Saturday at 4 p.m. to take on Skidmore in another NEHC contest.