EVERETT, Mass.– Freshmen Calvin Moïse and Brandon Collett had strong debuts, but the Castleton University men's hockey team surrendered the winning goal with 3:42 remaining and went on to drop a 4-2 decision on the road at Wentworth on Friday night in its season-opening contest.
Moïse had a hand in both goals with a goal and an assist while Collett made 36 saves in his first start in goal. Nick Gravina scored the other goal for Castleton, while Glenn Wiswell and Troy Taylor picked up assists.
Georgy Gorodetsky scored the game-winner and finished with three points to lead the way for the Leopards. He put the finishing touches on a tic-tac-toe play to give the hosts the lead for good in the late-goings.
Wentworth took a 2-0 lead by the midway point of the opening period. Connor Busch scored a power-play goal at the 11:48 mark before Brenden Lloyd scored on a rebound 15 seconds later to quickly double the lead.
Gravina cut the deficit in half with a goal with 34 seconds remaining in the first. Then, Moïse brought it back to even with 25 tics left in the middle stanza. Wiswell and Taylor picked up the assists on the 4-on-4 tally.
Wentworth had a five-minute major power play in the late stages of the second, but couldn't extend the lead as the player advantage was cut short due to a minor interference infraction assessed 1:50 into the penalty. Castleton did not convert on a five-minute power play of their own early in the third period.
Both teams committed five penalties for 21 minutes. The Spartans were 0-for-3 on the power play while the Leopards struck once in four chances with the advantage.
The Spartans pulled Collett for an extra attacker with 1:40 remaining on the clock, but a turnover caused by Dante Flori led to an empty-net goal for Nate Chase, who finished with a goal and an assist.
Castleton returns to action and opens home and New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) play on Friday, November 8 as it will play host to Southern Maine at 7 p.m. at Spartan Arena.