Harris breaks record as Spartans lose 2

Josh Harris became the Spartans all-time point’s leader on Saturday night as he scored his 44th goal and 122 career points in a tough conference loss to St. Michaels on Saturday.

“It shows me that all the hard work is finally paying off,” Harris said. “I was keeping a close eye on it and I’m glad I was able to get it.”

Harris scored in the second period to get his record of 122 career points passing Castleton’s Brandon Heck on the all-time last. The goal was his 44th on his career and combined with 78 assists gives him 122 points.

“He is one of the most hardworking players I have ever coached,” Head coach Alex Todd said. “He may not be the best but his consistent hard work sets him apart.”

            Although Harris was able to get the record it wasn’t the best weekend for the Spartans, as they lost to Norwich on Friday then St. Michaels on Saturday.

            Against Norwich, Castleton started the scoring with Harris scoring a short-handed goal 5:07 into the game to tie him for the all-time points record with 121. Assisting was Justin Alonzo, who then passed Harris as the all-time assist leader at Castleton.

            Norwich then went on to score six unanswered goals to defeat the Spartans 6-1.

            “We played smart against Norwich, we were in good spots and had good opportunities,” Todd said. “We relaxed though and became content and they just out worked us.”

            The next day at St. Michaels College, the Spartans looked to rebound from the loss the day before but were unsuccessful.

            Eleven seconds is all it took for Ryan Delorme to score the first of the game for the Spartans. Three minutes later the Purple knights were able to capitalize on a power play to tie the game at one.

            In the second period, the Purple Knights lit the lamp just 59 seconds into play but the Spartans responded quickly tying the game again only 22 seconds later as Tyler Gaudry was able to score on an assist from Alonzo and Ryan Delorme.

            Harris then made Castleton history at the 6:51 mark in the second period scoring his 44th goal and 122nd point of his career. The goal put the Spartans up 3-2 in the contest.

            St. Michaels was not fazed and with 57 seconds left in the period were able to score to tie the game. Just before the end of the period on a power play St. Michaels was able to score again to take a 4-3 lead going into the third period.

            With only 3:15 left in the game Kyle Pichler was able to capitalize on a good pass from Ross Herzog to score, to send the game into overtime.

            Both teams went back and forth until A.J. Pieprzak scored for the Purple Knights, four minutes into overtime period for his second goal of the game.

            With the two loses the Spartans fall to 13-9-2 overall and 8-8-1 in conference.

            “We have to look at all the positive things we have done this season,” Todd said. “The postseason is the beginning of basically another season and we just have to stay happy and stay relaxed.”

            The Spartans play again Saturday for their season finale away at Skidmore, then playoff hockey starts on Feb 23.

            “We just want to win every game,” Colin Murray said. “It’s win or go home in the playoffs and we have been playing well, been in a lot of close games and we are confident in ourselves going into the playoffs.”



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