Men's Hockey Outlasted By Southern Maine, 4-3

Men's Hockey Outlasted By Southern Maine, 4-3

RUTLAND, Vt. – Mark Shroyer netted two third-period goals and Troy Taylor added two assists but it wasn't enough as the Castleton men's hockey team fell to Southern Maine, 4-3, Friday night in a back-and-forth New England Hockey Conference battle at Spartan Arena.

Southern Maine (1-3-1, 1-3-1 NEHC) capitalized on a power-play opportunity midway through the first period to jump out to an early lead. Michael Taormina clapped a one-timer from point blank as the Huskies controlled possession with the man advantage. The lead did not last, as Jacob Erwin redirected a shot from Taylor to the back of the net on the man advantage with less than three minutes remaining in the opening period. Castleton outshot Southern Maine, 11-3, in the first period but the score remained level at 1-1 at the first intermission.

The Huskies dominated the second period, outshooting Castleton, 18-1, and adding the frame's only goal to take a 2-1 lead into the final 20 minutes. On the power play once again, Patrick Magliano roofed a wrist shot over the glove of Spartan goaltender Wyatt Pickrell at the 17:16 mark to put the visitors ahead once more.

Castleton (2-4-0, 1-4-0 NEHC) climbed back to tie it early in the third period, with Shroyer burying a screamer from the point that found its way through traffic and drew the contest level at 2-2 just under six minutes into the stanza. After two tough Spartan goals were waved off just minutes later, Southern Maine potted two unanswered goals to take its largest lead of the game. Taormina tallied his second goal at 10:16 and Magliano tipped in a high pass in the crease as the Huskies took a 4-2 advantage with just under six minutes to play.

The Spartans picked up the offensive pressure and Shroyer registered his second goal at 15:14 after weaving through multiple defenders and slipping a shot inside the right post to cut the deficit to one. Pickrell raced out of the net in the final minute to give the Spartans an extra attacker on offense, but Southern Maine held on for the 4-3 victory.

Pickrell finished with 26 saves but fell to 1-3-0 on the season. Anthony D'Aloisio improved to 1-1-1 on the season with 20 saves in net for the Huskies.

Southern Maine held a slight advantage in shots, 30-23. The Spartans finished 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Huskies went 2-for-5. Castleton won the faceoff battle, 41-28.

The Spartans will return to action Saturday afternoon to face New England College in another crucial NEHC contest starting at 4 p.m. at Spartan Arena.