Vikings Down Corsairs, 6-1

Vikings Down Corsairs, 6-1

SALEM, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's ice hockey team fell to Salem State, 6-1, on Thursday evening in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference play.   

The Vikings nipped the Corsairs for the second time this season, as UMass Dartmouth dropped to 4-4-2 in conference play.  Salem State improved to 5-5 and is now even with the Corsairs in third place in the MASCAC standings.   

Six different student-athletes registered a goal for the Vikings, as the home team utilized a pair of three-goal spurts to capture the win. Casey Miller jump started the first run when he put in a wide-open rebound at the one minute, 25 second mark. Later, Michael Casale scored an unassisted goal when he flicked the puck into the net to make it two goal Viking's advantage in the first. To open the second period, John Needham slipped the puck five-hole to increase Salem State's lead to three scores.    

Following an UMass Dartmouth score, Viking Chris Mastropietro and Jon Hart  scored within nineteen seconds of each other to make the score, 5-1. Kristofer Faric closed the scoring with a late goal, securing the five-goal victory. 

The UMass Dartmouth offense, which compiled 17 goals in its previous two wins, was held under ten shots on net in the opening two periods and only registered a dozen in the final period. Junior Mike Restuccia (Malden, Mass.) produced the only goal for the Corsairs, when the forward lit up the light with a two-man advantage at the 11 minute, 12 second mark in the second period.

In net, JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) stopped 26 shots for the Corsairs before being replaced by Nic Wackerly (Altadena, Calif.), who stopped eight shots in 12 minutes of action. Jason Pucciarelli recorded 24 saves in 56 minutes of play between the pipes and teammate Ed Fritz finished the game in net for the Vikings.
UMass Dartmouth returns to action at 5:35 pm on Saturday, Jan. 24, when the Corsairs travel to Westfield State. Salem State will commute to conference rival Fitchburg St. on Thursday for a 7 pm contest.