Spartans Shut out Green Mountain in NAC Action

CASTLETON, Vt. Colin Murray (Oshawa, Ont.) scored five goals and the Spartans limited Green Mountain to just one shot on goal in a 7-0 shutout in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action Wednesday evening at Spartan Stadium

The Spartans scored five goals on just seven shots in the first period, as Murray produced a hat trick on three Zach Davidson (South Burlington, Vt.) assists.

Murray scored his seventh of the season just 38 seconds into the contest as Davidson hit him cutting in front of the cage for a quick strike. Just over one minute later Davidson scored his 21st of the season, beating his defender from the left flank for the unassisted marker. Two more Davidson-to-Murray hook ups over the next five minutes made it 4-0 by the nine-minute mark. Phil Patterson (Essex, Vt.) rounded out the first period scoring with his fifth of the season, scooping up a rebound off his own shot and rifling it home.

Castleton was content to burn the entire second period, working the ball around in the attacking third without attempting a shot.

In the third Murray scored a pair of goals, the first of which came on yet another Davidson assist with the Spartans playing a man up 33 seconds into the frame after a Green Mountain penalty ended the first half. Murray made it 7-0 on his 11th of the season seven minutes later on a nifty pass from Jake Krantz (Franklin Lakes, N.J.)

The Spartans spent much of the fourth period moving the ball and running offense, save for a three-minute stretch the Eagles spent with an extra man. Green Mountain was able to muster a pair of shots with the man-advantage, including one on goal by Charles Petrick (Henniker, N.H.) that was turned away by back-up goalie Tom Manley (Londonderry, N.H.).

Luke Carey (Brooklyn, N.Y.) made two saves in the loss while Castleton starter Eric Horsfield (Tolland, Conn.) went untested in 35 minutes before giving way to Manley for the final 25 minutes in net.

Brad Barber (Napean, Ont.) went 8 for 9 in the faceoff circle for the Spartans, and led the squad with six ground balls.

Castleton (3-6, 2-0) returns to action this weekend with a pair of NAC road contests in at Thomas Friday and Maine-Farmington Saturday.

Green Mountain (0-5, 0-2) will travel to Maine this weekend as well, flip-flopping opponents with the Spartans.

2012-04-04



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