|Castleton University||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine — The visiting Castleton University Spartans scored seven first-quarter goals en route to a 15-7 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference game Friday afternoon at snow-covered Hannaford Field.
The victory evened the Spartans overall record at 3-3 heading into tomorrow afternoon’s (1:00 p.m.) North Atlantic Conference opener at Maine Maritime Academy. The Huskies had their two-game win streak snapped to fall back to .500 at 2-2 overall. The Huskies have a non-conference game at Lasell College on Sunday (1:00 p.m.).
Playing in a steady wet snow throughout the game, the Spartans grabbed the lead on the first of junior Sam Siegel’s (Brattleboro, Vt.) five goals just 2:30 into the first quarter and never trailed in the game. Siegel finished with a game-high eight points on five goals and three assists. Senior Louis Alhage (New Milford, Conn.) added a goal and five assists for a six-point day, and sophomore Jason Sedell (Pine Brook, N.J.) tallied a hat trick. Overall, eight different Spartans scored at least one goal.
Rookie Bryce Randall (Portland, Maine/Deering) led the Huskies scoring three goals. Junior Caleb Dolloff (Gorham, Maine) contributed a goal and an assist for the home side.
Castleton piled up a 35-26 advantage in total shots and won the battle for ground balls 44-23. Castleton sophomore goalie Brandon Myron (Rensselaer, N.Y.) stopped eight shots in 57:54 of time to earn the victory. Rookie Dakota Jones (Hyde Park, Vt.) had one save over the final 2:06. USM junior Zach Bessette (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) was credited with 10 saves.
Six different players scored for the Spartans in the opening 15 minutes as the visitors built a 7-2 lead. Siegel had the first two, then five different players scored as the Spartans exhibited a balanced offense.
The Huskies were unable to cut into the Spartans’ lead in the second quarter. Senior Nik Rancourt (Brattleboro, Vt.) and junior Micky Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) found the net for the Spartans to push the lead to 9-2. Randall countered for the Huskies scoring a pair of goals, and rookie Max Hornblower (Portland, Maine/Deering) scored on a long range shot to make it 9-5, but that would be the closest the Huskies would get. Siegel scored with 1:33 to go to give the Spartans a five-goal lead at the break.
Siegel and Sedell combined to score the first three goals in the third quarter to give the Spartans a commanding eight-goal lead at 13-5.
Castleton got a big lift from junior faceoff specialist Josh Gosselin (Barre, Vt.). Gosselin finished the game winning 15 of 22 faceoffs at the X and had a game-high 11 ground balls.