RUTLAND, Vt. – The Castleton University men's hockey team was defeated 3-2, in overtime, by SUNY Canton on Saturday evening at Spartan Arena.
Christopher Mammas scored the game-winner at 2:29 of the overtime period to give the Kangaroos their first overtime victory in four tries. Castleton falls to 0-1-3 in games that go beyond the scheduled 60 minutes. The Spartans drop to 0-5-3 overall, while Canton improves to 3-4-1.
Freshmen Kyle Kazeroid and Sam Rennert each scored for the Spartans to mark the first goals of each of the rookies' careers. Senior Dan Fitzgerald, sophomore Chris Butryn, and freshman Val Sverdlov each recorded one assist in the effort for Castleton.
Sean David and Tyler Bullard both scored once and added an assist for the visitors. Bailey Conklin, Jeffrey Gauld, and Zach Pease had one helper apiece for Canton.
The Kangaroos drew first blood in the contest just 84 seconds into the game. They took a 2-0 lead into the first break when Bullard scored on a one-timer while Castleton was serving a major penalty.
Castleton had a goal waved off in the opening seconds of the second period when a crease violation negated a would-be tally.
The Spartans returned fire with one goal in the second period when Rennert cleaned up a loose puck on the doorstep at 8:15. Then, Kazeroid scored the equalizer at 7:54 of the third period when he fired a rebound in the direction of the cage that was initially saved before being deflected in by a Canton defender.
Senior Wyatt Pickrell was charged with the loss in a 28-save effort. Austin Washkurak picked up his first win of the campaign for Canton.
The Spartans were out-shot by the visitors by a 31-25 margin. Castleton was 0-for-5 on the power play, while the 'Roos scored once in six man-up opportunities.
Castleton will host the WSYB/Catamount Radio Invitational Nov. 23-24 at Spartan Arena. Brockport and Anna Maria will kick off the tournament at 4 p.m., followed by Castleton and King's (Pa.) at 7 p.m. All four teams will also play Saturday regardless of the outcomes on Friday.