Castleton Uses Decisive Q2 to Oust Maine Maritime

CASTLETON, Vt. Castleton State outscored Maine Maritime 4-1 during a decisive second period en route to a tightly contested 10-8 win in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action Sunday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.

Trailing 4-2 after the opening 10 minutes of play Castleton reeled off five-straight goals, including the first four of the second period, and took a 7-5 lead into halftime. Alex Green (Braintree, Vt.) had a pair of goals during the run, starting and finishing the second period scoring for the Spartans.

After Colin Murray (Oshawa, Ont.) gave Castleton an 8-5 lead just 31 seconds into the third period, the Mariners answered with three-straight scores to pull even at 8-8 just one minute into the fourth. Andrew DiSalvo (Glastonbury, Conn.) got things started with his second of the season and Nicholas Betti (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) brought the MMA even with two-straight.

Four minutes later Phil Patterson (Essex, Vt.) gave Castleton the lead for good, potting his 14th of the season off a great individual effort. Jake Krantz (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) tacked on an insurance marker inside the five-minute mark off an assist from Nohea King (St. Albans, Vt.) to give Castleton a bit of breathing room. The Mariners had a great chance to bring the game back to within one goal with over three minutes remaining, but Alex Brands (Woodstock, Vt.) came up with an incredible defensive play to knock down a two-on-one pass in his defensive third, corralled the ground ball and rifled a 40-yard pass across field to finish the clear.

Alex Hermes (Fallsington, Pa.), DiSalvo, Betti each had two goals while Brian Corain (Berwick, Maine) led the way with two goals and an assist for the Mariner attack.

Green and Groot each had a pair of goals and an assist to lead the Spartan charges.

Brands finished with two caused turnovers and two ground balls, while backfield mate Adam Farmer (South Burlington, Vt.) was a catalyst all day with seven ground balls and two caused turnovers. Castleton won 15 of 22 face-offs on the afternoon, all taken by Brad Barber (Napean, Ont.).

Hermes and Ian Larcom (Middletown, R.I.) led the Mariners with seven ground balls, while Larcom caused a game-high six turnovers.

Eric Horsfield (Tolland, Conn.) stopped 12 shots to earn the win, while Gavin Cote (Arundel, Maine) made eight saves in the loss.

Both teams return to action Wednesday at 7:00 pm with the Mariners hosting conference for Husson, while Castleton will host SUNY-Cobleskill.


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