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
CU: Wyatt Pickrell (L, 1-5-3) 37 saves
JWU: Mike Rockwell (W, 3-1) 38 saves
Castleton got on the board first with a goal from Glenn Wiswell 10 minutes into the first period.
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.
The Wildcats return home on Friday when they face Skidmore College at the Lynch Arena in Pawtucket, RI at 7 pm.