RUTLAND, Vt. – The Castleton State College men’s ice hockey team snapped a five-game losing streak Wednesday evening with 4-2 non-conference win over Plymouth State University. Eric Curtis scored a pair of goals to key the Spartans to the victory.
The Spartans broke through first when Kirk Bolduc scored his second goal of the season with 1:02 remaining in the first period off an assist by senior Ryan Bartlett. Castleton made it 2-0 just 4:14 into the second frame as Bolduc assisted on freshman Stuart Stefan’s third collegiate goal.
The Panthers would cut the lead in half seven minutes later when freshman Sean Buckley (Sagamore, Mass.) sent home his first collegiate goal off a rebound directly in front of the net. Classmates Jason Butler (Farmington, Conn.) and David Rose (Haddon Township, N.J.) provided the assists on the power-play goal.
Curtis stretched the Spartan lead back to two when he sent home his first goal of the night, a rebound from the right side, on the power-play. Steve Culbertson and Craig Richardson assisted on the goal, which would prove to be the game-winner.
Just 1:34 into the third period the Panthers would cut the lead to one when senior Topo LaCroix (Moretown, Vt.) scored his third goal of the season. Senior Chris Cadieux (Nashua, N.H.) played the puck into Spartan territory, where LaCroix skated it down and scored from an impossible angle off of goalie Jeff Swanson.
Caslteton’s final goal was a beauty scored by Curtis at 8:53 on the power-play. Jeff Alexander played the puck ahead to a full-speed Curtis who stopped on a dime, allowing a Panther defender to pass before beating Plymouth State sophomore goalie Erik Shields (Lebanon, Maine) above the glove-side shoulder.
Swanson ended the night with 31 saves for Castleton, while Shields stopped 24 for the Panthers, who are now 2-3-2 overall.
Plymouth State will wrap up the semester this Saturday against Southern Maine in a non-conference affair at Waterville Valley (6:00 p.m.) Castleton State, 2-6-1, will return from the semester break with a Jan. 5 road contest at Potsdam State (7:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Castleton State Sports Information)
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