Vikings’ Early Surge Carries Salem St. Past Corsairs, 5-2

Vikings’ Early Surge Carries Salem St. Past Corsairs, 5-2

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Salem State University scored the opening three goals in a span of 14 minutes as the Vikings earned a 5-2 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this evening in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) ice hockey contest at Hetland Arena.

Salem State evened its overall record at 2-2, while the Corsairs fell to 0-3-2.

Senior Kristofer Faric (Whitby, Ontario) and junior forward Andrew Bettencourt (Riverside, R.I.) paced the visitors' attack with two points each, while four other student-athletes registered a point.  Faric netted a marker and dished out an assist, while Bettencourt handed out a pair of helpers.

Freshman Kyle Zacharewicz (Ludlow, Mass.) registered his first collegiate goal, while sophomore Matt Baldino (Woburn, Mass.) also found the back of the net for UMass Dartmouth.

Salem State cracked the scoring column just two minutes into regulation, when freshman Michael Casale (Stoney Creek, Ontario) finished a feed from senior Cameron Banwell (Toronto, Ontario).  It was Casale's first goal of his career.

The Vikings then continued to apply the offensive pressure, as junior Keaton Cashin (Boxford, Mass.) buried a shot from the left point at the 9:13 mark.  Bettencourt earned an assist on the tally.  Bettencourt earned another helper just five minutes later, when senior Ian Canty (South Windsor, Conn.) converted a power-play marker.  The visitors' surge-capping goal was the eventual game winner.

The Corsairs were able to regroup and seize the momentum heading into the intermission when Zacharewicz beat the SSU netminder at the 17:24 mark.  Junior Garrett Allen (Dartmouth, Mass.) was credited with an assist.

Faric produced the lone marker in the second stanza.  He was able to gather a rebound from Gabriel Cromp's (Montreal, Quebec) shot from the blueline for his second goal of the campaign.

UMass Dartmouth was able to trim its deficit to 4-2 nine minutes into the final period.  Following a Corsair faceoff win, sophomore Mike Kelly (Stoneham, Mass.) collected the draw from junior captain John Sartell (Wakefield, Mass.) and fired a shot on net.  Baldino pounced on the loose puck and ticketed his first marker of the season inside the upper, far-right post.

With less than five minutes remaining in regulation, the visitors registered an insurance marker to cap the scoring.
In between the pipes, Viking freshman Jason Pucciarelli (NewMarket, Ontario) made 26 stops to earn the victory, while Corsair sophomore JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) turned aside 44 attempts.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, when the Corsairs host MASCAC rival Westfield State University.