HENNIKER, N.H. - Jacob Erwin's third-period power play goal tied the contest and helped the Castleton University men's ice hockey team to earn a 1-1 New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) contest tie against New England College on Friday evening at Lee Clement Arena.
Castleton moves to 2-7-4 overall and 1-4-2 in league action, while New England College is now 5-3-2 and 3-3-2.
Trailing 1-0 and on its second power-play opportunity of the third period, Castleton netted the equalizer. Bringing the puck into its offensive zone, the Spartans led by Asa Palker and Glenn Wiswell turned the defense's attention toward the left of the cage. On the right, Jacob Erwin set up, waited for the pass and slapped the puck into the wide-open net for his first score of the season.
Wyatt Pickrell was nearly perfect in between the pipes, turning in yet another quality performance. The senior netminder tied a season-high with 44 saves to keep Castleton in the contest, posting a .978 save percentage in the game.
Castleton faced significant danger in the second period as back-to-back penalties gave the host Pilgrims a 5-on-3 powerplay for well over a minute. Yet, the penalty-kill unit and defensive effort responded, keeping New England College off of the board and effectively turned the tides.
Earlier in the contest, NEC staked a 1-0 lead as Connor Fries found his teammate Nick Reins in the slot, who proceeded to beat the goaltender on the blocker side.
Men's ice hockey returns to action at 4 p.m. on Saturday as it finishes up its road trip and the first half of its season with a conference contest at Southern Maine.
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