NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Salem State junior goalie Sean Cleary (Barnstable, Mass.) submitted a 26-save effort in between the posts for the visitors to back a three-goal middle period to sink UMass Dartmouth, 3-1, at Hetland Arena on Thursday evening. The Vikings (1-2, 1-1) grabbed their first MASCAC victory of the campaign while the Corsairs (0-3, 0-2) still seek their first triumph of the young season.
How it Happened
- Just over eight minutes into the meeting, Corsair sophomore Dillon Radin (Long Beach, N.Y.) got the hosts on the board for the early advantage, redirecting the trickling puck that came into the zone from junior David Skarbek (Hyannis, Mass.).
- Salem State threw its counterpunch a period later; freshman Billy McGwin (Rochester, N.Y.) took a hard shot from along the boards that was initially turned away by Corsair sophomore net minder Parker Butler (Summit, N.J.), but forward Trevor Mallett (York, Me.) was there on the rebound attempt to collect his first collegiate marker.
- The Vikings tacked on two more for a three-goal barrage in the stanza, seeing scores from freshmen Billy Falter (Wilmington, Mass.) and Bret Parker (Hanover, Mass.) to give the visitors a 3-1 lead heading into the final frame. Each forward joined their classmate Mallett in registering their first career scores.
Inside the Numbers
- The Blue and Gold outshot the opposition by a 27-20 clip.
- UMass Dartmouth was especially aggressive in the third period in its haste to stage a comeback, firing off 14 shots in the final 20 minutes alone.
- The team had taken 13 total in the first two sections combined.
- Penalties were infrequent in the conference clash as each side saw just three of their players head to the box for a total of six minutes.
- Neither side was able to get it going on power play chances, going 0-for-3 on the evening.
- Salem State narrowly held the advantage on face-offs, taking 40 to the Corsairs' 38.
The Vikings next travel over to Worcester State on Saturday for a 3:50 p.m. tilt while UMass Dartmouth will pack up their bags to take on Plymouth State with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.
Recap by: Kyle Diangkinay '19, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant
Photo Credit: Rainier Almonte '20