Men’s Ice Hockey Skates to 2-2 Tie on Opening Night

Men’s Ice Hockey Skates to 2-2 Tie on Opening Night

RUTLAND, Vt. – Wyatt Pickrell made 36 saves as the Castleton University men's ice hockey team opened its 2018-19 campaign with a 2-2 tie against Wentworth Friday evening at Spartan Arena.

Both Spartan goals were scored by a freshman - Connor Rider and Anton Tarvainen – as nine first-year players suited up in white to make their Castleton debuts.  

The Spartans were outshot 38-19 in the game, including an 18-3 clip in the opening period.

Castleton took the lead on its first shot of the contest Rider chased down his own dump-in and forced a shot that bounced in from a short angle for his first career goal.

Wentworth leveled the tilt at one at 5:30 of the second period when CJ Grinnell led a fleet of Leopards that forced a turnover leading to a 2-on-0 rush. The lefty junior shot across his body to bury the puck inside the left post for his 10th career goal.

Castleton re-gained the lead at 15:27 of the second period on the power play when Tarvainen grabbed a feed from Asa Palker before turning and firing a shot low past Leopard goalie Thomas Draper. Draper had a 17 save effort for Wentworth.

Just a minute and six seconds later, Wentworth knotted the score again for good when a flurry of shots was handled by Pickrell before a rebound came to Connor Busch at the point who found Nate Chase on his forehand for the tap-in equalizer. 

Wentworth outpaced Castleton in the overtime period in shots, 3-2, but both goalies were perfect.

Castleton took nine penalties for 29 minutes while Wentworth had a total of 16 penalty minutes from eight infractions. The Spartans went 1-for-4 on the power play and the Leopards were 0-for-5.

Castleton will return to action Nov. 2 as it opens New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) play when it hosts #6 Hobart at 7 p.m.