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A Spartan evening

January 22, 2010

Took a sports writer’s holiday Friday evening with the Catamounts off and headed back to the old home town of Rutland to catch my first game at Spartan Arena, home of the Castleton State College hockey teams.

Castleton was playing Hamilton and it was a fun game. Spartans opened a 2-0 lead but Hamilton rallied with one in the second and one with 2:46 left in regulation — just seconds after I told my wife, Linda, “This one has the smell of overtime.”

Sure enough, 2-2 final.

Nice arena; not on the scale of Middlebury’s Chip Kenyon Arena or Norwich’s Kreitzberg Arena, but certainly adequate for the Spartans.

Nice crowd, too.

For the most part, the Spartans played well and they played smart, except for two offensive zone penalties while on the power play. The second was costly, a five-minute major/game misconduct that disrupted CSC’s top line and caused head coach Alex Todd to jerry-rig lines on the fly and seemed to take a little of the zip out of the Spartans’ stride.

Still, it was a good chance to get a first look at Castleton. Todd and the Spartans again seem to have shaken off their early season struggles. With nine freshmen in the lineup Friday, Castleton should be solid in the ECAC East for awhile.

Never would have thought when I started in the business in Rutland some 40 years ago that the old home town would have its own college hockey team, even if the college campus is some 20 miles to the West.

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Youthful Panthers await hockey season

November 18, 2009

The Middlebury College men’s hockey team begins its pursuit of a NESCAC championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III championship with games at Tufts on Friday and Connecticut College on Saturday.

The Panthers reached the NESCAC championship game in February but lost not only a title but an appearance in the D-III tourney.

This year, head coach Bill Beaney (right) faces the challenge of integrating many new faces into the Panthers’ lineup. Listen to his take on the challenges of the Upcoming season.

Team captain John Sullivan (left) says the young players bring an energy the Panthers need after the last players with a link to Middlebury last national championship have graduated. Listen here: Captain John Sullivan.

Assistant captain Charlie Townsend, says, among other things, that the Panthers are working hard at improving the defense: Asst. captain Charlie Townsend.

With four-year veteran Doug Raeder having graduated, sophomore John Yanchek is ready to assume the task of providing the quality goaltending Middlebury will need. Goaltender John Yanchek.