SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Two first-period scores and one-second period goal propelled the St. Michael's College Purple Knights past the visiting Castleton University men's ice hockey team 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.
Starting off hot in the opening minutes of the first period, Castleton's Otis Goldman picked a rebound from the middle point and put it past the goalie on the right side. Mark Shroyer and Dom Kuziak were credited with assists on the goal.
Following Castleton grabbing a 1-0 lead, St. Michael's answered with three-straight goals over a span of just over 15 minutes. Ethan Hendrickson tipped in a shot fired from the left point for the first score to tie it up.
Notching the second and third scores, Sel Narby went unassisted and Eric Salzillo had the other off assists from Paul McAuliffe and Zach Sullivan.
Castleton attempted to make a comeback, bringing the score to within one at 3-2 midway through the final regulation period with a Jacob Erwin goal. Troy Taylor took the initial shot, which was saved by St. Michael's goalie Chris Johnson.
Following a jumble in front of the goal, Erwin capitalized on the loose puck and ripped a shot off the rebound to score. Despite the late score, Castleton was unable to come fully back.
Brody Wagner earned his first start in goal on the season making 27 saves on 30 shots in the loss. Johnson stopped 37 Spartans shots.
Once again, the Spartan penalty kill was dominant, not allowing a score on four different opportunities. Castleton earned on extra-man goal on the evening.
In the face-off category, Castleton earned 40 of the 75 possible matchups. Hanna led the Spartans individually, earning 23 wins in 32 chances.
Castleton returns to action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday when it hosts NEHC-opponent Plymouth State in its last home game before the holiday break. It will also be the Spartans' Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are encouraged to bring a new or lightly used stuffed animal to toss onto the ice following the Spartans first goal.
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