NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Salem State's lone goal in the third period proved to be the difference in the back-and-forth affair between the Vikings and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, as the visitors edged the hosting Corsairs 3-2 in MASCAC action on Saturday afternoon.
Score: Salem State 3, UMass Dartmouth 2
Records: Salem State (7-7-3, 6-2-2 MASCAC) | UMass Dartmouth (10-6-0, 6-4-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened
Salem State opened the scoring at 6:23 into the first period, as Derek Makimaa (Swartz Creek, Mich.) scored his second goal of the year to make it 1-0 in favor of the Vikings. UMass Dartmouth would eventually tie the contest in the opening moments of the second period. Junior defender Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland) unleashed from the point, with the assists going to Mike Kelly (Stoneham, Mass.) and Matt Baldino (Woburn, Mass.).
The Vikings regained the lead again just over the halfway point of the contest, as Casey Miller (Billerica, Mass.) was credited with the goal to make it 2-1. The lead did not last long, as Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) struck on the power play two minutes later to even the game.
Salem State would come out of the intermission with renewed firepower, generating enough offense for Daniel Campbell (Waterloo, Ont.) to find room in the top right corner of the cage four minutes in. His goal would prove to be the game winner, as UMass Dartmouth could not find the equalizer despite two power-play chances.
Inside the Numbers
- Corsair goalkeeper Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) made 42 stops in the loss, his highest total since turning aside 45 shots against Johnson & Wales (RI) in the Stovepipe Championship game on Nov. 27.
- Salem State's Jason Pucciarelli (Newmarket, Ont.) registered 45 saves in the win, including 23 in the second period.
- With an assist on Sones' power play goal in the second period, Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) notched his MASCAC-leading 17th assist on the year. Shea has now posted five assists in his last three games and ranks sixth nationally in assists per game at 1.06.
- With Saturday's goal and assist, Laakso ranks second in the MASCAC in defenseman scoring with 14 points on the season.
- Kelly fired a season-high seven shots to pace the Corsair offense.
- With the loss, the Corsairs are now 4-2-0 at Hetland Arena this year, with their first loss coming against Plymouth State on Nov. 10.
- Salem State has now won 11 of the past 12 meetings with UMass Dartmouth, dating back to 2013.
The Corsairs will hit the road, as they continue their MASCAC schedule and visit Fitchburg State on Thursday starting at 7 p.m.