In the Castleton Men’s Hockey team’s first action of the year, they came out sloppy and slow. It really looked as though they had never played together, and the experienced pros of Feldkirch kept them off balance for the first 20 minutes of the game. At the end of the period the Spartans found themselves down by 1 goal.
The second period however, was a very different story. The Spartan men found a new level of energy and attacked the middle of the ice with a passion that was lacking in the first period. Though we gave up a power play goal and were down 2 – 0 that was the last point that Feldkirch had any real control of the game. The very next shift, Dan Bell (Sr. Victoria, BC), Josh Harris (Sr. Torrance, CA) and Justin Alonzo (Sr. San Jose, CA) showed great senior leadership by responding to a goal against with a goal for the Spartans. All 3 players touched the puck in and around the net and had numerous chances before Dan Bell finally placed the puck in the top left corner over the goalie’s blocker getting the score to 2-1.
The Spartans carried the play for the next several minutes getting excellent chances shift after shift, Senior Ben Schoeneberger (Vernon, CT), Freshmen Charlie Bando (Wakefield, MA) and Junior Ross Herzog (Wainwright, AB) really led the way by attacking the front of Feldkirch net. It was crafty play by Sophomore Ryan Frost (Corona, CA) using his speed and a timely poke check to create a short breakaway coming off of the right wall and was able to beat the Feldkirch goalie to the stick side to tie the game at 2.
Coming out the in the third period the speed and energy of the Spartan men started taking its toll on the Pros from Feldkirch. Reid Lesswing (Jr. Amherst, NY), Derek Gingera (Fr. Winnipeg, MB), and Junior Kyle Pichler (Anchorage, AK) lead the charge with a few big hits that really slowed Feldkirch down. Once Castleton was able to establish puck possession, numerous chances arose. It was the wiley veteran Ross Herzog who got the puck at the side of the net on a nice pass from Ben Schoeneberger and paused, allowing Junior Kyle Richards (Halifax, NS) to jump back to the front of the net and distract both the goalie and Defender just long enough for Ross to step out and roof a beauty.
The game continued at very high pace and was finally put away with about 5 mins left in the period when Junior defenseman, turned forward, Ben Roberts (St. Albans, VT) scored his first ever goal in a Spartans uniform, after a Mike Restuccia (Fr. Malden, MA) shot gave him a rebound the put in the top corner.
Thomas Shelley was in the net for the whole game recording 25 saves on 27 shots, and Feldkirch split the game between their 2 goalies recording a total of 45 saves between the 2 of them.
The Spartans are back on the ice tomorrow against Kufstein for a 6:30 game.