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Men’s Hockey Smothered by Nazareth in Castleton Invitational Semifinals

Men’s Hockey Smothered by Nazareth in Castleton Invitational Semifinals

RUTLAND, Vt. – The Castleton men's hockey team fell to Nazareth, 6-1, in the Castleton Invitational semifinals Friday evening at Spartan Arena. 

Nazareth will meet Fredonia in the tournament final on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Blue Devils played to a scoreless tie with nationally 15th-ranked Curry earlier in the day before moving on by winning the shootout, 1-0. Castleton will duel it out with Curry on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Ray Falso finished with two goals for the Golden Flyers. Brian Miller and Justin Miller both finished with three points on the evening with a goal and two assists each. Cole Moore also scored once and added an assist, while Matt Stanek had two helpers.

Glenn Wiswell scored his fifth goal of the year to account for the score for Castleton (1-6-1). Nick Gravina and Troy Taylor collected assists on the power-play tally.

Nazareth got on the board first at the 2:11 mark of the opening period. Moore scored it from the point after an initial shot was blocked. Falso scored at the 11:48 mark on a short-angle wrister to make it 2-0. 

The lead ballooned to three 3:25 into the middle period when Falso got his second when a shot from the point hit a Spartan defender and ricocheted to him in the slot. Justin Miller got his team-leading seventh goal of the year at 10:29 of the second period on a tremendous individual effort on a cost-to-coast rush. Flyer goalie Sean Kuhn collected an assist on the play.

After Castleton got on the board at 16:51, Brian Miller made it 5-1 with 57 seconds left in the period. James McDonald scored the only goal of the third period at 16:48 to complete the scoring.

Kuhn earned his second win of the season by making 26 saves. Brandon Collett turned aside 23 shots for the Spartans. Nazareth (4-3-1) scored twice on the power play to finish 2-for-6, and Castleton was 1-for-5 with the man-advantage.