RUTLAND, Vt. – The Castleton University men's ice hockey team dropped its opening New England Hockey Conference matchup to nationally fifth-ranked Hobart, 4-2, on Friday at Spartan Arena.
Freshman Asa Palker and junior Troy Taylor scored power play goals for the Spartans. Palker's, at 4:37 of the middle period, marked his first collegiate goal. Jason Bilski collected his first career point with an assist, while Jahwara Rennalls and Mark Shroyer also added helpers for Castleton (0-1-1, 0-1-0 NEHC).
Following both Spartan goals, Hobart answered within 1:15 to nullify the prospects of an upset. Four different players scored for the Statesmen: Ryan Lynch, Jonas Toupal, Lawson Macdougall, and Travis Schneider. Zach Tyson led all point-getters with three assists. Jack Macnee, TJ Shultz, Zach Sternbach, and Toupal each assisted once in the victory.
Four goals on the evening were scored on special teams, as both of Castleton's tallies were on the power play. Hobart converted once on the man advantage while netting the insurance marker while shorthanded. Castleton finished 2-for-10 with the advantage, while Hobart converted once in three tries.
Wyatt Pickrell made 33 saves for Castleton. For Hobart (3-0-0, 1-0-0 NEHC), Liam Lascelle made his first collegiate start in goal and had 26 stops to earn his first victory.
Castleton will return to home-ice to host NEHC foe Skidmore on Saturday at 4 p.m.