Gorham, Maine – The Spartans scored just once after the half, but a strong defensive effort proved to be enough as they finished with an 8-5 victory over Southern Maine on Wednesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
Castleton won 9 of 14 faceoffs and picked up 22 ground balls compared to 19 for the Huskies as the Spartans improved to 7-4 overall. Southern Maine converted on just one of its nine man-up opportunities as it dropped to 2-8 on the year.
Goaltender Sam Polas stopped a career-high 16 shots to earn his first victory of the year and four players recorded at least two points to aid in the win. Junior Alex Denny and freshmen Louis Alhage and Nikolas Rancourt each scored twice while Zach Davidson had one goal and dished off three assists.
Seth Wing led the Husky offense with two goals while Keegan Smith added one goal and one assist. Defenseman Dylan Kenney was a force with five ground balls and a game-high seven caused turnovers.
Denny gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the opening seven minutes. Michael Ruggiero then found a cutting Austin Titus to make it 3-0 and Alhage concluded the first-quarter scoring with just six seconds left off a feed from Davidson.
Rancourt extended the lead to five, 36 seconds into the second quarter and goals from Alhage and Davidson pushed the Castleton advantage to 7-0. Southern Maine finally got on the board with 2:57 in the half and trailed by six at the break.
Castleton once again made it a seven-goal game as Rancourt scored 49 seconds into the third quarter. However, the Huskies added two goals in the third to trail by just five, 8-3. Southern Maine then scored twice more in the final 15 minutes for the 8-5 final.
Ryan Jurgelvich look the loss for the Huskies as he made 11 saves while allowing eight goals.
Castleton returns to action on Thursday when the team hosts Plymouth St. at 4 pm.