Spartans Swat Hornets 23-1
Castleton, Vt. - Zach Davidson finished with seven points for the second straight game as the Spartans steamrolled their way to a 23-1 victory over Lyndon State on Tuesday night at Spartan Stadium.
Davidson scored four goals and dished out three assists, while Alex Green registered three goals and one assist. Sean Paradis, Zach Devoid, and Michael Ruggiero each notched two goals as the Spartans remained perfect in North Atlantic Conference play this season.
Lyndon began the game playing steadfast defense, holding the Spartans to just two goals over the entire first quarter. Castleton fired 14 shots in the first frame, but Marcus Bessette was up to task. The freshman made six saves in the quarter, stonewalling the Spartans over the first 15 minutes of the game. Green opened the scoring five minutes into the game, and Davidson followed suit 3:06 later with a goal of his own to put the Spartans up 2-0.
In the second quarter, the Castleton offense continued to pepper the Lyndon goalie, firing 19 more shots in the frame. The Spartans finally managed to break down the Hornets' defense, and notched nine goals in the second period to go ahead 11-0 at the break. Eight different Spartans scored in the frame, including Morgan Cornell who scored his first career goal with six seconds remaining in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, Castleton kept laying it on the Hornets, putting up eight more goals. Sean Paradis, Zach Devoid, Davidson, Green, and Alex Denny each tallied in the period, and Nikolas Rancourt notched a trio of goals in the third to put the Spartans ahead 19-0 heading into the final quarter.
In the fourth, Castleton moved the ball effectively, manufacturing goals to extend their lead. Lyndon got on the board in the fourth when Billy Bazyk scooped up a loose ball and slotted the ball in the top left corner, earning the Hornets their only goal of the game with 12:47 remaining. Drew Wood finished the Spartan scoring with his first career goal with 2:24 remaining in the game.
Peter Latulippe earned the win in net for the Spartans, finishing with one save and no goals allowed in the first half. Eric Horsfield played the third quarter for the Spartans, making five saves without surrendering a goal. Conner Garand finished the game for Castleton, allowing a goal and making a save. Marcus Bessette finished with 11 saves in 31:02 but took the loss for Lyndon in net, allowing 12 goals. Shane Morin made nine saves and allowed 11 goals in relief.
Castleton improves to 3-3 on the year with a 2-0 mark in the NAC. The squad will return to action on Saturday when they take on Maine-Farmington. The game is scheduled to be played in Farmington at 12:00pm.