RUTLAND, Vt. – Freshman Asa Palker scored two goals and assisted on another as the Castleton University men's ice hockey team played to a 4-4 draw with Skidmore on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 4-3 and on the penalty kill with 7:37 remaining in regulation, Anton Tarvainen scored the tying goal for Castleton on a 2-on-1 rush. Tarvainen also added an assist on Castleton's first goal of the tilt. Neither team cracked in the remainder of the third period to send the game to overtime, where the stalemate continued.
Each team was awarded a power play in the extra period. However, both netminders were counted on twice as each team was able to kill the penalties.
Skidmore took a 30-26 edge in shots and won the faceoff battle with a 54-for-80 effort. Wyatt Pickrell turned aside 26 shots, while Skidmore's Brian Kowalski made 22 saves in his season debut.
Corey Morgan, Brandon Borges, Max Hegge, and Austin Rook each scored once for Skidmore. Tim Allen, Paul Vella, Reid Russell, and Misha Mrotchek pitched in a helper apiece for the visitors.
Skidmore scored the first two goals of the game within the opening 6:32 of play, both on the power play. Palker cut the deficit in half with 1:45 remaining on the man-advantage. Palker converted again in the second period at the 3:15 mark to even the score, and the Spartans temporarily held a 3-2 lead after Troy Taylor scored his second goal of the campaign at 13:59 of the middle frame during 4-on-4 play.
Skidmore (1-1-1, 0-1-1 NEHC) scored two goals within 30 seconds to quickly regain the lead. Hegge scored as a Thoroughbred penalty was expiring before Rook scored his first collegiate goal.
Castleton finished 1-for-7 on the power play, while the Thoroughbreds were 2-for-9 on the man-up.
Castleton (0-1-2, 0-1-1 NEHC) will go on the road for the first time Nov. 9-10 for a pair of matchups at Babson and UMass Boston.