RUTLAND, Vt. – Four goals in the first period got the Johnson & Wales University men's ice hockey team a point in its final game of the regular season. The Wildcats skated to a 4-4 draw with Castleton University on Saturday.
Castleton: 6-16-3, 4-12-2 NEHC
Johnson & Wales: 4-20-1, 1-16-1 NEHC
CU: Kyle Alaverdy (T, 1-4-2) 28 Saves
JWU: Mike Rockwell Jr. (T, 4-15-1) 52 Saves
Austin Withycombe (JWU): 2 Goals
Max Dorfman (JWU) 1 Goal
Tal Finberg (JWU): 1 Goal
The Spartans scored less than a minute into the game, but the Wildcats came back with pair of goals.
Austin Withycombe got the rebound of his own shot and found the back of the net to tie the game.
Eighteen seconds later the Spartans scored, but the Wildcats ended the period with a pair of goals. Off the rebound of Matt Bernot's shot, Jake Glod collected the puck in the corner and centered it to Withycombe who scored his second game on a wrist shot.
The Spartan scored twice in the second period to the game and neither team scored in the third period or overtime.
Keeping the Wildcats in the game was goaltender Mike Rockwell Jr. as he made a season-high 48 saves.
Going into his second season, head coach Eric Graham will only have to replace four seniors, but he is losing his top two scorers in Matt Bernot and Bechtel.