CHARLESTOWN, Mass. - The Castleton men's hockey team surrendered a goal in each period including an empty-net tally in a 4-1 loss at Suffolk on Saturday in its final road game of the regular season.
The race for the final NEHC playoff spot remained the same as the Spartans fell to 4-15-4 (2-12-2 NEHC) and sit tied for ninth with Johnson and Wales (4-16-3, 2-12-2 NEHC). Southern Maine (4-16-3, 3-12-1) did not increase its cushion in the eighth-place spot with a 1-0 overtime loss versus New England College (15-3-5, 8-3-5 NEHC).
Castleton will complete the regular season at home on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. versus Southern Maine and Saturday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. against New England College.
Jack Kelly led the offensive output for the Rams with two goals and an assist. Brian Brooks scored a goal and an assist, while Nick Abbene also scored for the hosts. Joe Feeney, Joseph Mortillaro, and David Lapin pitched in one assist each.
With the victory and the two points, Suffolk (8-14-0, 5-11-0 NEHC) can finish no worse than in a tie for eighth in league standings. The Rams will close out its league schedule on the road at Skidmore (11-9-3, 7-6-3 NEHC) and Hobart (15-6-2, 9-5-2 NEHC) next weekend.
Troy Taylor extended his point streak to four consecutive games on an unassisted goal with an extra attacker at the 17:36 mark of the third period. Taylor is now tied for second on the team with 11 points.
The Spartan powerplay was unsuccessful in five attempts including allowing a shorthanded goal at the 7:21 mark of the third period to give the Rams a 3-0 edge. Suffolk scored once in two powerplay attempts.
Castleton out-shot Suffolk 34-27 aided by a six-minute edge in extra-man play and took a 41-30 edge in the faceoff department.