By Matt Noonan
MILTON, MA – Curry College netted four goals off 22 shots during the final two frames to claim their third consecutive Frostbite Classic trophy, as well as their first win of the season against non-conference foe Mount Ida, 8-5.
Freshman John Castellano made an impressive debut with the Colonels, as he registered two goals and two assists, while freshman Ronald Jensen and senior Russell Lanham each cashed in twice.
“They had a great time out here, they worked hard, they prepared, and they had more time to prepare, which was good, [but] just to get out here and play [was what we needed],” said Curry head coach Steve Batchelor.
Curry earned their first lead of the contest when junior Joseph Natale provided the Colonels with a 1-0 advantage during the team’s first power play.
Mount Ida answered four minutes later with two quick strikes from junior Gilson Fernandes Jr. (3 goals), which helped the Mustangs close out the first session with a 2-1 lead.
However, Mount Ida’s one-goal cushion was quickly erased in the second, as Castellano notched his first goal at 13:17 before Jensen and Lanham netted back-to-back scores to end the half with a 4-2 advantage favoring the Colonels.
“[The second quarter] was more of us finally realizing that we had to get into our system, and we got kind of the jitters out of the way,” said Batchelor. “They got more into the rhythm of the game, and it helped.”
Curry extended their lead at 13:23 in the third frame when senior Sean Gallagher rifled a shot past Mount Ida’s senior goaltender Jimmy McAllister, (11 saves) before the Mustangs offense counteracted with three scores from senior Zach Jacobson, freshman Michael Trocchi and Fernandes Jr., which tied the game.
The Colonels relinquished the moment and lead for good when senior Gallagher connected with Castellano, who beat McAllister on the right side for his second score of the afternoon.
Curry then added two more scores in the fourth quarter by Jensen and Lanham to preserve the victory, and earn their first win at home.
“It’s good to come out with a win. It’s our first game of the year, so we had to get the rust off, so I think it’s a good push for the rest of the year,” said Castellano. “Really, this win’s on our defense, and [our goaltender senior Michael Hibbert]. Hibbert played absolutely lights-out today, they had so many one-on-ones with the goalie that he just stopped, stonewalled them.”