Castleton Rallies for 12-4 Victory over Norwich

CASTLETON, Vt. - After falling behind 4-3 in the second period, Castleton State College reeled off nine unanswered goals to defeat Norwich University 12-4 in non-conference action Wednesday evening at Spartan Stadium.

With the win, Castleton improves to 2-4, while Norwich evens out at 2-2. Castleton was impressive on special teams throughout the contest, converting on 6 of 10 extra man opportunities, while holding the Cadets to 0 for 7, including a pair of two-man advantages.

The game appeared to be shaping up as a back-and-forth battle as both teams traded blows early on. The Cadets drew first blood as Ian Mendoza (Mount Airy, Md.) scored his third goal of the season just two minutes and 35 seconds into the first period of a Joe Galante (Framingham, Mass.) assist.

Nohea King (St. Albans, Vt.) evened the score for Castleton two minutes later, ripping home his ninth of the season off a helper from Alex Green (Braintree, Vt.).

Norwich grabbed the lead back at 2-1 with nine minutes left in the opening period as Marco Wiederanders (Denver, Colo.) caused a Spartan turnover in front of the goal and Galante pounced on the loose ball and beat Dave DeGhetto (Clifton, N.J.) inside the far post. Will Stuhler (Madison, N.J.) tied the game with his fourth goal of the season, and Adam Groot (Canandaigua, N.Y.) made it 3-2 with a man-up tally early in the second period.

With the score tied at 3-3, Galante made an excellent individual effort, dodging a Castleton defender to set up a clean look on DeGhetto, and beat him just below the crossbar.

From then on it was all Castleton. Kenneth Bourneuf (Waterbury, Vt.) evened the score at 4-4, and Green rifled home a pair of goals to take a 6-4 lead into halftime. Groot scored three more in the third period, all of which came on the man advantage, and Green added his third of the contest as well to push the lead to 9-4 entering the final frame.

Green finished with seven points on four goals and three assists to pace the Spartan attack, while Groot finished with four goals. King tallied five points on one goal and four assists, and the Spartans received single goal efforts from Bourneuf, Stuhler and Craig MacDerment (Clifton Park, N.Y.).

MacDerment also finished 9 for 12 on the face-off and finished with five ground balls. DeGhetto played all but the final one minute and 59 seconds, making six saves before giving way to Tom Manley (Londonderry, N.H.) who stopped a pair of shots.

Galante led the Cadets with a two-goal, one-assist performance, while Mendoza and Tyler Nicoll (Huntsville, Utah) finished with single tallies. Nathan Proctor (Pleasanton, Calif.) finished with eight saves in three periods and Mark Paradiso (Westford, Mass.) stopped two shots.

Castleton returns to action Saturday when the Spartans play host to Johnson State at 1:00 p.m.


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