RUTLAND, Vt. – Freshman Andrew Barber scored with 1:23 remaining in regulation to knot the game at four as the Castleton University men's hockey team played to a 4-4 draw with SUNY Canton Friday evening.
The goal was the first of the rookie blueliner's career. Alex Maunula also registered his first career-goal for Castleton (0-4-3). Sophomore Glenn Wiswell and senior captain Caleb Fizer also tallied their first goal of the season. In addition, Wiswell added an assist on the tying goal.
For SUNY Canton, Bailey Conklin and Sean David both finished with one goal and one assist. Jeffrey Gauld scored, while freshman Connor Tuttle scored his first career goal. Marcus Baird, William Ma, Tyler Bullard, and Christopher Mammas each finished with one assist for the visitors.
Castleton scored first 3:31 into the contest when Fizer rocketed a forehand wrist shot past the Kangaroo goalie. Canton found the equalizer at 9:21 on the power play, but the Spartans regained the lead 2:59 later when Maunula converted to give Castleton a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
Canton scored twice within the opening 49 seconds of the second period to quickly obtain a 3-2 lead. The goals were scored 15 seconds apart. Then, on a power play that began with the start of the third period, Canton expanded its lead to two when Tuttle smacked in a rebound on an odd-man rush.
Wiswell got the Spartans closer just 51 seconds later. Castleton then received a power play opportunity with just less than three minutes remaining in regulation. With the Spartan net empty and a 6-on-4 man advantage, Barber fired a shot from the left point that soared through traffic for the dramatic tying goal.
The teams traded chances in the overtime period, but neither converted as the contest ended in a tie.
Wyatt Pickrell for Castleton and Michael Cerasuolo for Canton made 25 saves apiece.
The two teams will play the back-end of the two-game set on Saturday at 7 p.m.