The Spartans were tied 4-4 against the Johnson and Wales Wildcats in the overtime period when Anton Tarvainen tipped in a shot that ended up in the back of the net. The Spartan Arena crowd erupted with excitement, but the referee waved off the goal due to a high stick infraction.
Castleton could not get another productive offensive attack in the overtime period and the final score was 4-4, which was the score for most of the game.
The game got off to a quick start with a goal by senior Troy Taylor just 51 seconds into the game which started a high scoring opening period.
The Wildcats answered just two minutes later with a goal and added another goal in the 9th minute to make the score 2-1.
Just a mere 20 seconds later senior Brian Leonard put one in the back of the net to even up the score halfway through the first period.
Johnson and Wales were quick to answer a minute later with a goal and added to their lead 5 minutes later to make the score 4-2 going into the first intermission.
The Spartans came out of the intermission ready to make a comeback with a quick goal 42 seconds into the period by freshman Calvin Moise.
With some strong defensive play, the Spartans were able to even the score later in the period with a goal by senior Jacob Erwin.
“We started to manage the puck and get it deep behind their D. When we did this we were able to get more offensive zone time,” Coach Bill Silengo said.
The score stayed the same for the rest of the game as the Spartans could not add to their momentum.
The Spartans had a big advantage on the shots on net totaling 52 compared to 38 for the Wildcats.
Four seniors were also honored before the game including Jacob Erwin, Brian Leonard, Troy Taylor, and Mark Shroyer.
“The 4 seniors have contributed a lot to the program and they should be proud of all they accomplished. Their achievements reached far beyond the ice, they were excellent in the classroom and they were amazing members and role models in the community. ,” Silengo said.
With the tie, the Spartans finish the regular season with a record of 6-16-3.
The Spartans clinched a playoff berth the night before with a win over Suffolk. The Spartans will return to action this Saturday, February 22 at 7 p.m. when they face off against Norwich in the NEFC quarterfinals.