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Men's Ice Hockey Pulls Out 3-2 OT Win at Castleton

Men's Ice Hockey Pulls Out 3-2 OT Win at Castleton

Rutland, Vt.– Connor Bechtel scored with 50 seconds remaining in the overtime to lift the Johnson & Wales University men's ice hockey team to victory on Saturday. The Wildcats defeated Castleton, 3-2, for their first victory as a member of the NEHC.  


Castleton 2-7-3, 1-4-1, NEHC
Johnson & Wales: 3-5-2, 1-4-1 NEHC 

Statistical Leaders: 
Connor Bechtel (JWU) : 1 goal (GW)
Matt Bernot (JWU) : 1 goal
Ryan Sete (JWU) 1 goal

CU: Wyatt Pickrell (L, 1-5-3) 37 saves
JWU: Mike Rockwell (W, 3-1) 38 saves

Of Note:
Castleton got on the board first with a goal from Glenn Wiswell 10 minutes into the first period.

After a scoreless second period, JWU's offense came to life in the third with a goal from Matt Bernot at 4:48 and another from Ryan Sete four minutes later.

Castleton responded with the equalizer at the 11:47 mark and neither team could score the rest of regulation to send the game to overtime.

In the final minute of overtime, Bechtel broke through for the game-winner. It's his second game-winning goal in the last four games.

The OT win broke a streak of nine-straight matches without an overtime victory. JWU's last win in the extra five minutes was 5-4 over Nichols on February 20, 2016.

Next Game:

The Wildcats return home on Friday when they face Skidmore College at the Lynch Arena in Pawtucket, RI at 7 pm.