Panthers fall to Spartans for second time in eight days
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Josh Harris and freshman Eric Mack scored second period goals Thursday evening and Castleton State College held on to defeat Plymouth State University, 2-1, in a non-conference men's ice hockey game at Hanaway Rink.
The Spartans also got some stellar goalie play from junior Erick Cinotti, who finished with 25 saves. The visitors won for the third time in four games to improve to 9-5-2 overall. Castleton also defeated PSU by one goal eight days ago in the consolation game of the Oswego State Tournament, 4-3.
PSU got a late second-period goal from sophomore Mike Freitag (Westmont, Ill.) and 31 saves from senior goalie Jack Astedt (Angelholm, Sweden) but lost for the third time in four outings and dropped to 9-4-0 overall.
All three goals in the game came in the second period. After a scoreless first frame when PSU out-shot the visitors 11-4, the Spartans came out firing on all cylinders in the second and broke onto the scoreboard just 39 seconds into the frame. Senior Dan Bell received a pass from Justin Alonzo and fired it from the left slot; the shot was saved, but the rebound scooted out to Harris, who wristed the puck home for his fifth of the season. Castleton struck again at the 12:02 mark as Mack scored on a scrum in front of the net, his third score of the season.
Plymouth State finally got on the board in the final minute of the second frame. Defenseman Zach Sarig ripped a shot from the left point that was saved by Cinotti, but Freitag knocked in the rebound for his team-leading seventh of the season. Castleton finished with an 18-4 shot margin in the middle frame.
Both teams put 11 shots on goal in a scoreless third period. PSU had two power play chances and Castleton one in the final 20 minutes but the Spartans held on for the win.
The Panthers return to Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) competition on Thursday when they host Westfield State University at Hanaway Rink. The Spartans are idle for 10 days before returning to action on January 18 when they host University of New England at Spartan Arena.
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