April 3, 2014

Spartans Pull Away to Beat Norwich

Castleton, Vt. - After playing the first half to a tie, Castleton outscored Norwich 5-1 in the second half to earn the 10-6 victory on Thursday night at Spartan Stadium. Zach Davidson finished with three goals and two assists and Peter Latulippe made 15 saves in the win.

Sean Paradis, Alex Denny, and Taylor Swarter scored two goals each for the Spartans, while Ian Mendoza earned a hat trick for Norwich. 

The game began as a back-and-forth match, with momentum shifting from the Cadets to the Spartans and back. Within the first five minutes, the Cadets took a 2-0 lead. Back-to-back goals from Ian Mendoza and Zachary McMillan put the visitors ahead in the early going.

In the final six minutes of the first half, Castleton finally woke up to steal back the momentum. Zach Davidson got the Spartans going with a goal at the 6:00 mark, and Alex Denny followed suit with a score 51 seconds later. Taylor Swarter added a pair, including a nifty backhanded wrister from in front of the net, and Sean Paradis cashed in to put Castleton up 5-2 with 2:32 left in the first.

Castleton opened the second half with a goal by Alex Denny nearly halfway through the frame. The senior's go-ahead goal did not hold for long, as C.J. Dolan tied the game 39 seconds later to make the score 6-6. With 1:41 left in the third quarter, Zach Davidson found Sean Paradis on the right wing. The freshman lit up the net with a bullet to put the Spartans aheda 7-6 going into the fourth.

In the final quarter, Castleton took over, shutting out the Cadets in the final frame. The Spartans scored off of a set play, hitting Louis Alhage as he trailed the play unmarked. Alhage penetrated the Norwich zone and kicked the ball out to Alex Green who cranked a shot to beat the Norwich goalie, putting the Spartans ahead 8-6. Davidson padded the Castleton lead later in the frame with a breakaway goal off a forced turnover to put Castleton ahead 9-6 with 5:39 remaining. He ripped a heater from 20 yards out to extend the Spartan lead to 10-6.

Owen Hartman led the Spartan defense with a team-high five ground balls and six caused turnovers. Dillon Robinson grabbed three ground balls and earned three caused turnovers. Louis Alhage contributed on both ends of the field, earning an assist, scooping four ground balls and causing three turnovers. 

Latulippe earned the win in net for the Spartans, saving 15 shots and allowing just six goals. Mark Paradiso turned away nine shots, but allowed 10 goals to take the loss in net for Norwich. 

Castleton improves to 6-3 on the season and will return to action on Saturday, April 5 when they travel to Potsdam St. The Spartans have just three home contests remaining in the regular season.