CASTLETON, Vt. – The Spartans led just 2-1 at the half, but outscored SUNY Canton 5-0 in the third quarter to take control before finishing with an 11-3 victory in their home-opener at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
It was slow going for the offense early but Castleton found its groove in the second half with nine tallies to improve to 1-1 on the season. The Spartans outshot the Roos 47-34, won 12 of 17 faceoffs and collected 48 ground balls in their most complete effort of the early season. Canton managed 34 shots, but went just 19-for-30 on clears as they dropped to 0-1 overall.
Senior Alex Green led a balanced Spartan scoring attack with three goals and two assists. Freshman Sean Paradis notched his first career hat trick and Zach Davidson added two goals and dished off a pair of assists. Freshman Luc LeBlanc was impressive in the faceoff circle, winning 12 of 16 faceoffs while also collecting a team-high seven ground balls.
Jason Thompson was one of three Roos to each record a goal and he added two ground balls as well. Jack Keenan had a team-high four ground ball while Kristian Daley led the team with four caused turnovers in addition to three ground balls.
Castleton had numerous chances early but couldn't convert until Paradis notched an unassisted goal with 2:50 left in the first period. Evan Tucker added a goal 1:14 into the second quarter for the 2-0 advantage but Thompson cut that lead in half with just 1:10 left.
Taylor Swarter opened up the second-half scoring at 13:02, before a pair of Davidson goals made it 5-1 with 6:03 remaining. Paradis and Green each added a goal for the 7-1 advantage after three quarters
Paradis earned his hat trick just 38 seconds into the fourth and after a Canton goal, Michael Ruggerio scored his first goal for the 9-2 lead. Alex Green pushed it to 11-2 a few minutes later and the defense gave up just one more score, with three minutes left for the eight-goal win.
Sophomore Peter Latulippe earned the win in net by making 13 saves in 58:40, while allowing just three scores. Corey Spuck took the loss, but did make 14 saves in 52:06 of work between the pipes.
Castleton returns to action on Tuesday at 6 pm for a home game against Williams.