Castleton Rallies to Down Southern Maine in OT 4-3

Senior Cody Braga (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Cody Braga (file photo by Jason Johns).

Castleton Rallies to Down Southern Maine in OT 4-3

            RUTLAND, Vt. -- Sophomore Asa Palker (Manchester, N.H.) scored at 3:54 of overtime to give the Castleton University Spartans a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's action Friday night at Spartan Arena.

            The win levels the Spartans overall mark at 1-1-0.  The game was the season opener for the Huskies.  Both sides were playing their NEHC opener.

            Southern Maine built a 3-1 lead over the opening 31 minutes on goals from senior Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.), junior Adam Papayoanou (Valencia, Calif.) and sophomore Oskar Bjurstrom (Stockholm, Sweden) before Castleton clawed its way back to force the game into extra time.  Braga and Papayoanou scored in the opening period to make it 2-0, and Bjurstrom tallied his first collegiate marker at 11:07 of the middle frame to give the Huskies a two-goal edge at 3-1.

            Junior Glenn Wiswell (Berwick, Maine) cut into the USM lead with his second power-play goal of the game with 17 seconds remaining in the second period to make it 3-2.

            Sophomore Anton Travainen (Sipoo, Finland) tallied the tying goal with 1:28 remaining in regulation to set the stage for Palker.  Palker had an assist on the goal, and sophomore Alex Maunula (Helsinki, Finland) earned the other.  Maunula finished with three assists in the game.

            Senior captain Mark Tomaschek (Toms River, N.J.) had a pair of assists for Southern Maine.

            Sophomore goalie Kyle Alaverdy (Grand Falls-Windsor, Nfld.) earned the win for the Spartans stopping 21 shots.  Senior Paul Léger (Blainville, Quebec) made 33 saves for the Huskies.  Castleton outshot Southern Maine 37-24 in the game, including a 26-11 edge over the final two periods of regulation and the overtime.

            Southern Maine is back in action on Saturday (4 p.m.) traveling to Norwich University.  Castleton will entertain New England College on Saturday (4 p.m.).

 

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