Maine Hockey Journal

Castleton State hammers the Huskies, 8-1

Senior Kirk Bolduc (Lewiston, Maine) picked up four points on a goal and three assists as Castleton State College defeated the University of Southern Maine, 8-1, in an ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Men’s East game Friday night at Spartan Arena.

The Spartans, one of the hottest teams in the league after a 1-6-2 start, are 7-1-3 in their last 11 games. The Spartans improved to 8-7-5 overall and 6-5-3 in the league. The Huskies dropped their fourth straight game to slide to 8-10-2 overall and 5-7-2 in league play.

Bolduc had a hand in two Spartan power-play goals in the opening 6:42, drawing an assist on goals by freshman Josh Harris (Torrance, Calif.) and junior Stuart Stefan (Delhi, Ontario). Rookie Brett Zeggil (Pricevill, Ontario) tallied the first of his two goals to give the hosts a 3-0 lead before the 10-minute mark.

Late in the second period, Bolduc made it 4-0 with his seventh goal of the season, and he assisted on a goal by sophomore Lindsey Gullett (Wawanesa, Manitoba) in the final minute of the period.

Zeggil’s second goal at 3:53 of the third period made it 6-0 before sophomore Dan Rautenberg (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) netted a power-play goal for USM. Senior Eric Curtis (Rockford, Mich.) and Stefan added goals for Castleton in the final 10 minutes.

Freshman goalie Arthur Hollinger (Homer Glen, Ill.) stopped 20 of 21 shots he faced in the Castleton goal. Freshman Tim Gerrish (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) registered 36 saves over the first two periods before giving way to sophomore Mason St. Hilaire (Saco, Maine) who made 12 saves in the third period.

The Huskies will try to snap their losing skid on Saturday (4:00 p.m.) when they face Skidmore College. The Spartans will host the University of New England on Saturday (4:00 p.m.).

(Courtesy of Southern Maine)

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