A year removed from a standout career with the Wichita Falls Wildcats, forward Ryan Frost is still making his mark on the ice at Castleton State College. The freshman has helped the Division III college team to a 6-0 record so far this season.
Frost made an immediate impact for Castleton, picking up a pair of assists in his first game against the University of New England on November 4. Frost’s second assist was on the game winner by Nick Lazarko as the Spartans cruised to a 10-3 victory.
On November 12 against Saint Anselm, Frost notched a game winner of his own with the first goal of his collegiate career. The powerplay goal 1:32 into the third period gave the Spartans a 2-1 win and improved the Spartans record to 4-0.
Appearing in all six games for the Spartans, Frost leads Castleton freshman in all scoring categories with six points, two goals, and four assists. Overall the Fullerton, California native holds or shares fifth place on the team in those same categories.
Frost appeared in 53 games for Wichita Falls in 2010-11, his last in the North American Hockey League. The forward led the Wildcats with 36 assists, and his 50 points tied for the team lead with Dakota Klecha.
With 80 career points, Frost ranks sixth on the Wildcats all-time list. The former Wildcat also ranks sixth in career assists (52) and tenth in career goals (28).
Frost holds the unique honor of scoring both goals in the Wildcats record for fastest back-to-back goals (four seconds) in a November 5, 2010 game against the Corpus Christi IceRays.
With 12 points in the standings, Castleton sits atop the ECAC East Conference with a four point lead. New England College and Norwich are tied for second with eight points each.
Frost and the Spartans try to improve to 7-0 when they take the ice against Plymouth State on November 22 at Spartan Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m.
*Team captain Brad Shumway has committed to Rochester Institute of Technology in the Atlantic Hockey Association.
Shumway is the second Wildcat this season to announce a college commitment, following Dennis Kravchenko who will attend Vermont next season.
*The Wildcats have one game this week when they take on the NAHL South leading Amarillo Bulls at the Amarillo Civic Center. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. on November 23.
NAHL South Standings:
- Amarillo Bulls, 18-3-2 (38 points)
- Texas Tornado, 14-3-5 (33 points)
- Topeka RoadRunners, 14-8-2 (30 points)
- Corpus Christi IceRays, 9-9-0 (18 points)
- Odessa Jackalopes, 7-11-2 (16 points)
- Wichita Falls Wildcats, 7-14-1 (15 points)
- New Mexico Mustangs, 6-17-0 (12 points)
- Points: Dennis Kravchenko (15)
- Goals: Dennis Kravchenko (8)
- Assists: Brad Shumway and Nathan Chasteen (9)
- Penalty minutes: Zach Pochiro (53)
- Game winning goals: Dennis Kravchenko (2)
- Points: Joe Kalisz, St. Louis Bandits (35)
- Goals: Brooks Behling, Amarillo Bulls (17)
- Assists: Gabe Levin, Fairbanks Ice Dogs (25)
- Penalty minutes: Richard Young, Minot Minotauros (100)
- Game winning goals: Brooks Behling, Amarillo Bulls (5)
Wildcats goalie leaders:
- Wins: Matt Leon (4)
- Shutouts: Matt Leon (1)
- Goals against average: Matt Leon (1.50)
- Saves: Tyler Green (396)
- Save percentage: Matt Leon (.952)
NAHL goalie leaders:
- Wins: Tony Kujava, Janesville Jets and Spencer Viele, St. Louis Bandits (14)
- Shutouts: Tony Kujava, Janesville Jets (7)
- Goals against average: Robert Nichols, Wenatchee Wild (1.25)
- Saves: Aaron Davis, Coulee Region Chill (668)
- Save percentage: Robert Nichols, Wenatchee Wild (.958)