Rutland, Vt. - On a night dedicated to the Castleton seniors, the team's graduating class put on quite a performance, leading their squad to a 4-0 victory over Skidmore in the team's final game at Spartan Arena this season.
Five of the seven senior skaters registered at least one point and senior goaltender Erick Cinotti posted a 35-save shutout as Castleton dispatched the Thoroughbreds in their final game of the regular season. Ryan Delorme led the way with a pair of assists and Brian Greene notched a goal and an assist for the Spartans.
Jack McDonald made 27 saves in net for the Thoroughbreds, but allowed three goals in 47 minutes of play. Ben Freiberg made four saves and allowed one goal through the game's final 13 minutes.
Castleton jumped out to an early lead when senior Ben Roberts put the team on the board. Roberts cleaned up a rebound from the left slot after Derek Gingera's shot was turned away by McDonald. The goal was just the second of Roberts' career and gave Castleton a 1-0 lead with
In the final seconds of the first period, Kyle Richards notched his fourth goal of the season to give Castleton a 2-0 lead just before heading into the locker room. Richards cleaned up a loose puck in front by lifting it past the sprawled McDonald. Senior Ross Herzog and Corbin Marcotte earned assists on the play.
In the second, Skidmore turned up the tempo, pouring on 14 shots, but Erick Cinotti was up to every challenge, turning away each of the Thoroughbreds' attempts on net. The senior turned away several point blank opportunities and helped the Spartans kill off a power play to keep Skidmore scoreless through the second frame.
In the final period, Castleton continued to cash in on the opportunities that the Thoroughbreds provided. The Spartans cashed in on a pair of power-play opportunities in the third to finish with a 4-0 lead. Brian Greene buried a sizzling slap shot from the point to put Castleton up 3-0 with 13:14 left to play. Eight minutes later Kyle Pichler scored a power-play goal by finishing off a rebound to give the Spartans their final score of the night.
With the win, the Spartans' graduating class improved on their already program-best record. The eight seniors graduate with 68 career wins, most by any graduating class. The win in net marks Cinotti's 40th career victory, extending his program record. He improves to 7-4-1 on the year in his first game in net since January 7.
Castleton moves to 12-10-3 on the year, with an 8-7-3 mark in the ECAC East. The team finishes fifth in the ECAC East standings and will travel to fourth-seeded New England College for the quarterfinal round of the ECAC East playoffs.