Men's Hockey Stumbles in Road Loss at NEC

Men's Hockey Stumbles in Road Loss at NEC

HENNIKER, N.H. – New England College claimed an early lead and pulled away late to defeat the Castleton men's hockey team, 5-1, Friday night in a New England Hockey Conference contest at Lee Clement Arena.

Glenn Wiswell netted his third goal of the season for Castleton on an assist by Trevor Hanna. Ryan Mulder made 25 saves but fell to 4-3-2 in goal with the loss.

New England College (9-5-1, 4-4-1 NEHC) opened the scoring in the final two minutes of the first period following a Spartan power play. Mulder came out of the crease to poke away a loose puck, but Andreas Zollner came away with it and centered a pass to Mike Whitehair, who scored an open-net goal with 1:41 left in the first period.

Castleton (5-9-2, 1-8-0 NEHC) answered early in the second period after a strong defensive effort deep in the Pilgrims' zone. Wiswell deflected an outlet pass to Hanna at the left circle, and Hanna delivered a quick pass back to Wiswell at the right post for the one-timer goal 4:56 into the period.

New England College quickly responded, however, regaining the lead less than four minutes later after a Spartan turnover in the offensive end. Zollner skated down on a 2-on-1 break before handing it off to Whitehair, who scored his second goal of the game on a one-timer to give the Pilgrims a 2-1 lead, which remained the score after two periods.

For the second time in as many games against New England College this season, the Pilgrims scored three unanswered goals in the third to seal the victory. Carlos Fornaris registered a short-handed goal at 7:30 of the period and Keenan Haase capped off the scoring on a slap shot from the point less than three minutes later. Brody Wagner relieved Mulder in goal for the final 9:31 and stopped all 11 shots he faced.

New England College outshot Castleton, 41-19, in the game. The Spartans successfully killed off all three of their penalties and finished 0-for-4 on the man advantage.

Castleton returns to action Saturday afternoon for another NEHC tilt at Southern Maine at 4 p.m.