Fox earns All-Tourney honors for Panthers
OSWEGO, N.Y. – Senior Dan Bell scored his second goal of the game with 2:51 remaining in regulation play Monday afternoon and Castleton State College went on to defeat Plymouth State University, 4-3, in the consolation game of the 2012 Pathfinder Bank Oswego State Men's Hockey Classic.
PSU fell behind 2-0 in the first period before rallying with three unanswered goals, one in each period, to take a 3-2 lead in the first minute of the third period. But Castleton re-tied the game less than a minute later at the 1:04 mark, setting up Bell's game-winner. The Spartans improve to 7-5-1 overall, while PSU, which received votes in this week's USCHO.com Division III poll, dipped to 8-3-0.
Bell and freshman Eric Mack each scored two goals for the Spartans. Freshman Zach Fox (Sandown, N.H.) registered a goal and two assists for PSU and was the Panthers' representative on the All-Tournament Team.
Bell opened the scoring for Castleton 4:16 into the game when he slotted home his fifth goal of the season. The Spartan lead was extended just over two minutes later when Mack tallied his first career goal. Plymouth State kept the game close with a goal from sophomore defenseman Zach Sarig (Reading, Pa.), making the score 2-1 at the first intermission.
Castleton had a 22-9 advantage in shots on goal in the second period, but Fox scored the only goal of the frame for PSU, notching his sixth of the season at the 7:39 mark. PSU junior goalie Tyler Ingerson (Concord, N.H.) was equal to the task, stopping all 22 shots he faced in the period.
Plymouth State cashed in on a power play opportunity just 14 seconds into the third period, as senior Alex Cottle (West Chester, Pa.) score to give PSU a 3-2 lead. Just 50 seconds later, Mack answered the call for Castleton, scoring his second of the game, and tying the score 3-3.
Late in the third period, Castleton found itself on a power play. Defenseman Ryan Delorme found Bell in front, who scored his second goal of the contest for the eventual game-winner.
The Panthers did their best to force overtime, but the Spartans defense stood fast to preserve the win, killing off a final minute power play and a 6-on-4 opportunity after the Panthers pulled their goalie.
Castleton goaltender Jake Stafford made 19 saves for his first win of the season, while Ingerson stopped 42 attempts for the Panthers.
Plymouth State was playing in Monday's consolation game after falling to Oswego State in Sunday's game, 6-2. Oswego is the defending national runner-up and currently ranked #2 in the nation in Division III.
PSU plays a non-conference game Saturday at Babson while Castleton will host Potsdam on Friday at Spartan Arena in Rutland.
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