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Spartans Skate Past Skidmore, 4-1

Spartans Skate Past Skidmore, 4-1

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The Castleton men's hockey team put an end to its three-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Skidmore Saturday afternoon in New England Hockey Conference action at Saratoga Springs City Rink.

With the win, Castleton improves to 2-3 on the season and 1-3 in NEHC play. Skidmore drops to 0-4-1 overall and 0-3-1 in conference action after the loss. 

None of the five goals were scored on full strength as the teams combined for 26 penalties. After a back-and-forth scoreless first period, Castleton nabbed a 1-0 lead just 41 seconds into the second frame. Nathan Cory sent a pass from the blue line over to Caleb Fizer, who fired a long-distance shot that found the top corner of the netting. Skidmore was called for 10 infractions in the second period alone and the Spartans were able to pad their lead late. On a two-man advantage, Glenn Wiswell scored on a rebound at 15:20 from Trevor Hanna and Troy Taylor.

Castleton stretched its lead to 3-0 after Hanna finished an assist from Fizer on the power play once again just over two minutes into the third period. After Adam Moodie scored a power-play goal for Skidmore to cut the deficit to 3-1 less than three minutes later, Corey Sikich capped the scoring with an empty-net goal at 17:29 to give the Spartans a 4-1 victory.

Fizer led the Spartans with a goal and two assists, while Hanna netted a goal and added an assist in the win. Wyatt Pickrell stopped 26 shots, including a key save on a penalty shot by Max Hegge late in the first period, to improve to 1-2 on the season in net for the Spartans. Castleton outshot Skidmore, 37-27, and won the faceoff battle, 47-44. The Spartans were 2-for-15 on the power-play, while Skidmore was held to 1-for-6 on the man advantage.

Castleton returns to home ice to face Southern Maine Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.