Third-period surge leads Spartans past Panthers
RUTLAND, Vt. – Castleton State College rallied from a 2-0 deficit Tuesday evening to defeat Plymouth State University, 5-2, in a non-conference men's ice hockey game at Spartan Arena.
Trailing 2-1 going into the third, Castleton, ranked #3 in this week's Division III national poll, scored three times in a two-minute span to take the lead for good. The Spartans also held the Panthers to just three shots in the third period as they improved to 7-0, the best start in program history. Junior Justin Alonzo led the attack with a pair of goals and one assist. PSU suffered its first loss of the season and fell to 4-1.
Plymouth State grabbed the lead just 10:20 into the game, as junior Alex Cottle jammed home a puck in front of the net off assists from Richie Zobak and Kyle Greco. The Panthers made it 2-0 with just under four minutes remaining in the period on Kyle Weiland's third goal of the season. He one-timed a centering pass and it deflected off a defender's stick and popped over goalie Seth McNary's head and dropped behind him into the back of the net.
The Spartans came out firing in the second and it paid off just 1:19 into the period. Holding the puck behind the net, sophomore Colin Murray found Alonzo streaking in front where he one-timed home his second goal of the season.
Looking for the tying goal in the third, the Spartans got a break with two penalties in the period's first four and a half minutes. After the failed 5-on-3, Castleton drew another penalty for another one-minute two-man advantage. They would only need a few seconds as Nick Lazorko won the faceoff back to junior Ben Schoenebergerand he sniped a slap shot into the top left corner of the net to tie the score at one apiece 5:41 into the period.
The Spartans scored again just 26 seconds later as senior Tyler Adkins fired a slap shot from the left point for a goal off passes by Alonzo and Ryan Delorme.
Castleton kept the pressure on and Alonzo scored at the 7:54 to make it a two-goal game with assists coming from Ryan Frost and Lazorko. Freshman Kevin Van Dyk concluded the scoring with his second goal of the season, a wrist shot from the right point which barely beat the final horn.
PSU junior goalie Jack Astedt finished the game with 26 saves while McNary made 17 stops between the pipes.
Plymouth State returns to the ice next Tuesday, Nov. 29, hosting New England College at 6 p.m. Castleton stays at home as the Spartans host the Rutland Invitational, beginning on Saturday with a 3 p.m. game against Becker.
(Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information)
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