|University of Southern Maine||Castleton University|
RUTLAND, Vt. — Freshman Otis Goldman (Vancouver, B.C.) snapped a 4-4 tie with 5:44 remaining in regulation to deliver the Castleton University Spartans a 5-4, come-from-behind victory over the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies in a New England Hockey Conference game Saturday afternoon.
The win was the second straight for the Spartans lifting their record to 5-8-2 overall and 4-4-0 in conference play. The Huskies dropped to 6-8-0 overall and 3-6-0 in NEHC games.
Tied 3-3 heading into the third period, Southern Maine grabbed a 4-3 lead when rookie Sasha Makarov (Indian Trail, N.C.) scored his first collegiate goal off a feed from classmate Jordan Hall (Anchorage, Alaska).
For the third time in the game, the Spartans tied the game when freshman Mark Shroyer (Fresno, Calif.) tallied his first goal of the season at 5:48. Just over eight minutes later, Goldman gave the home side the lead for good with his fourth goal of the season.
Southern Maine went on the power play with 2:28 to play, and lifted junior goalie Kyle Shapiro (Ocean, N.J.) with 80 seconds remaining, but were unable to get an equalizing goal to force overtime.
In the opening period, Castleton took a 1-0 lead at 8:55 on the first of two power-play goals by senior Bart Moran (Calgary, Alberta). The lead lasted less than five minutes as USM junior Michael Washington (Denver, Colo.) scored his first goal of the season with an assist from Makarov. USM took its first lead of the game with 25 seconds left in the period as rookie Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal.
Moran’s second power-play goal at 11:30 of the second period tied the game at 2-2. The Huskies retook the lead 29 seconds later as senior Cole Klippenstein (Franklin, Tenn.) scored a short-handed goal assisted by sophomore Parker Sanderson (Bangor, Maine). The Spartans’ third power-play goal of the game by junior Trevor Hanna (Whitehorse, Yukon Territory) at 13:35 tied the game.
The Spartans finished the game with a 35-24 advantage in shots on goal, and converted 3 of 8 power-play opportunities. The Huskies were 0 for 6 with the man advantage. Shapiro made 30 saves before being lifted for the extra attacker. Junior Ryan Mulder (Ottawa, Ontario) stopped 20 shots for Castleton.
Hanna led all scorers with a goal and two assists. Seniors Patrick Thornton (Orillia, Ontario) and Brock Labelle (Holland, Ohio) had two assists apiece for Castleton.
Southern Maine is back in action next weekend hosting Saint Michael’s College on Friday (7:00 p.m.) and Norwich University on Saturday (4:00 p.m.). Castleton will be on the road at New England College on Friday (7:30 p.m.).